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GMT is the name I call the Classic American Goulash, which consists of Ground Meat, Macaroni, and Tomatoes. There are many versions of this simple and classic dish, and it is entirely up to you how you would like to customize the flavors. This version is the Tomato Soup GMT using homemade tomato soup.

If there was ever a place to experiment with a dish, this would be it. It is quick and simple and highly customizable. Add whatever Herbs & Spices or additional vegetables like Peppers, Carrots or Celery.

For this dish, I always serve it up with Sliced Buttered Bread or Dinner Rolls. Sometimes with crumbled crackers over top.

Ground Meat

Typically Ground Beef is used. However, Ground Pork, Ground Chicken, or Ground Lamb can all be used. Even Sliced Meats or Cubed or Diced meats can be used.

The main thing with the meat is that you want to get a good cook and create a fond on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining ingredients. Which will pick the fond up and incorporate it into the dish. Adding so much extra flavor throughout.

Ground Beef

Ground Beef

Anywhere from 1/2 lb – 1 lb is good. Add Soy Sauce or Worcestershire sauce to the meat mixture for extra flavor.


Use Macaroni or other short Pastas like Cavatappi or Egg Noodle Pasta.

Depending on the amount of liquid and its thickness. You can cook the Pasta with the Meat & Sauce, or cook it separately and add it to the Meat & Sauce mixture at the end.

200 g Macaroni


About 3 Cups of Short Pasta is good for this recipe.

Cooking the Pasta Separately

If the Sauce is thick or there is not enough liquid, then the Pasta doesn’t cook quite as well as it would if cooking it separately. It will give a denser starchier feel to the pasta, think Hamburger Helper style. In some cases, this is desired.

Cooking the Pasta separately and then adding it towards the end will always result in a cleaner, not as starchy and dense pasta.

Cooking the Pasta with the Meat & Sauce

It’s not to say that you can’t cook the pasta in the same pot as the meat and sauce. Just be mindful of how thick the sauce is and if there is adequate liquid. In some cases, cooking the pasta along with the sauce is desired. As it can help to thicken or soak up excess sauce.

If you do cook the pasta with the meat and sauce, then bring the Meat and Sauce to a hard boil, add in the pasta, mix well. Cover and remove from the heat and allow to rest for about 20 minutes. This should be an efficient time to cook the pasta through. However, it does depend on the thickness of the Sauce. Otherwise, just cook until the Pasta is to your liking.


This is one of the first places you can start to experiment with. Use Tomato Soup, Tomato Juice, V8 Juice, Crushed Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes, Whole canned Tomatoes with Italian Seasoning, or Fresh Whole Tomatoes Caramelized in the oven and then crushed.

Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

For this recipe, Homemade Tomato Soup is prepared and added to the Meat along with Dry Pasta.

Canned Tomato Soup

Canned Tomato Soup

For quick & easy, use a can of Tomato Soup. Although with this addition instead of the Homemade Tomato Soup, it’s best to boil the Pasta separately.

GMT Vegetables

In most recipes, Diced Onions & Chopped Garlic are always added and quite frequently Diced Peppers.

Some recipes call for briefly sautéing the vegetables and then adding in the meat, and some the other way around. I prefer to cook the meat with added Soy Sauce or Worcestershire sauce in order to add flavor to the meat and create the Fond. This also gives enough time for the fat to be rendered out in preparation for the added vegetables. Which will be cooked only for a few minutes before the sauce is added.

Doing it this way also allows for the added vegetables to assist in picking up the fond from the bottom of the pan because of added moisture and prevent the vegetables from browning too much.

Onion & Garlic

GMT Vegetables

Usually Onion & Garlic are always included. Peppers are a very nice addition.

GMT Seasoning

Here is the other place where you can get creative and combine certain Herbs & Spices for that particular flavor you’re looking for. A combination of Herbs & Spices, or using just one as the dominant flavor. Such as Parsley, Oregano, Basil, Savory, Thyme, etc…

Salt & Pepper Blend

Use Salt & Pepper to season the dish. My go-to seasoning used in quite a few places is a mixture of Sea Salt, Black Pepper & White Pepper. Just mix it up in a small bowl and season to taste.

Salt & Pepper Blend

Salt & Pepper Blend Ingredients

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper

Tomato Soup GMT

Cook ground meat with Worcestershire sauce. Add Diced Onions and chopped Garlic and Homemade Tomato Soup. Add Short Pasta.

In this version, you can get away with cooking the pasta with the sauce. As the Tomato Soup is not too thick and cooking the Pasta with the Sauce will also help to thicken it a bit and soak up that extra sauce. Of course, you can also cook the pasta separately too.

Serve it with Dinner Rolls or Mini Dinner Rolls, Buttered Bread, or Crackers on top.

Homemade Tomato Soup GMT w crackers
Homemade Tomato Soup GMT w crackers

GMT with Tomato Soup and Whole Tomatoes

This one is made with a can of Tomato Soup & a can of Whole Stewed Tomatoes with 1 lb of Ground Beef and the Pasta Boiled and strained separately. You can also make this with just the can of whole stewed Tomatoes with Herbs & Spices.

GMT with Tomato Soup and a can of Whole Stewed Tomatoes
GMT with Tomato Soup and a can of Whole Stewed Tomatoes
Homemade Tomato Soup GMT

Tomato Soup GMT

Goulash dish consisting of Ground Meat, Macaroni and Homemade Tomato Soup.
Servings: 4 portions
Prep5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Rest Time20 minutes


  • 1 Digital Scale
  • 1 Skillet


  • 1 lbs Ground meat - Beef or Pork
  • 3 C Macaroni
  • 1 portion Homemade Tomato Soup
  • 1 med Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic

Salt & Pepper Seasoning

  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper


  • Prepare the Homemade Tomato Soup and have this on standby. Weigh out the Ground Beef and prepare the Salt & Pepper blend in a small bowl.
  • In a large wok or skillet, Brown the Ground Meat over High Heat. Add in the Onions & Garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute while mixing. Pour in the Homemade Tomato Soup and bring to a boil.
  • Add the Pasta and mix. Cover with a lid and remove from the heat to rest for 20 minutes. You can boil the Pasta separately as well and add it to the Meat & Sauce. Adjust seasoning with the Salt & Pepper blend and serve.


If using a can or two of Tomato Soup, then Boil the Pasta separately. Add the can of Tomato Soup to the Ground Beef along with the Pasta boiled separately and mix well. Adjust the seasoning and serve. You can also add in a can of Tomato Soup & a can of whole Stewed Tomatoes. 
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keywords: American Goulash, GMT, Goulash
Author: JAH

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