Classic hamburger goulash is made with elbow macaroni, up to 2 pounds of ground beef, a sauce with a tomato base and various spices. Cooking methods used to prepare goulash recipes can be found at Allrecipes.com and Mr. Food Test Kitchen, and involve stovetop pan cooking or baking.
To make goulash in a Dutch oven pan, first brown the ground beef until it crumbles, and then add onions and garlic. Make a sauce by combining canned tomato sauce, soy sauce and Italian seasonings, and then add chopped tomatoes for extra flavor and texture. The macaroni is added in the last step of the cooking process.
Goulash can also be prepared in a skillet pan, and this preparation method requires you to cook the macaroni first. While the pasta cooks, brown the beef in the pan along with bell pepper and onion, and add the cooked macaroni to the beef mixture along with spices. The last step involves sprinkling shredded cheese over the mixture and allowing it to melt.
Preparing goulash for baking is a two-step process that involves cooking the ground beef with mushrooms and onion in a skillet pan. Add the meat mixture to the baking dish, mix in the remaining ingredients, and then top it with mozzarella cheese.