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Classic Goulash with Bacon

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In the midst of shopping for school supplies, football equipment and new clothes, I’m on the lookout for awesome mealtime recipes. I know I will need to be even more intentional about menu planning with the busier fall schedule just ahead. I want recipes that don’t take hours to prepare but still taste great. I’m determined we will continue to eat dinner together as a family no matter how busy things get! A dish like this classic goulash gets a “thumbs up” from all my guys. You have no idea how rare that is!

Classic Goulash with Bacon

Back-to-school is taking on new meaning in our family this season. After several years of homeschooling, my oldest is returning to the public school system. He’s lobbied for this decision for the past six months—very effectively!

My son, who hates early rising, even set his alarm clock and got up earlier than necessary just to prove he could keep regular school hours! Yes, I was impressed.

I think the friends Jorryn has made through playing sports has made him even more interested in being with the gang throughout the day. He’s at that age where he wants to be with his friends more anyway. Sniff.

Easy Bacon Goulash Recipe

Anyway, all of my guys really like Italian-style food so that taste is part of our regular meal rotation. You’ll always find pasta sauce in my pantry!

Easy Goulash Recipe

While at Kroger last week, I picked up the Traditional, Meat, 4 Cheese and Roasted Garlic from the RAGU Homestyle line. The bold flavors and thick and hearty texture make it taste homemade, without that effort on my part. This busy mama likes that.

Homestyle Ragu Sauce

I also like that RAGU Homestyle Sauces contain no artificial colors or flavors and there’s no high-fructose corn syrup. It seems like that stuff is in almost everything these days.

Classic Goulash Recipe

I’ve read that families who regularly eat dinner together are healthier and relationally stronger. That everyday banter and just being together supposedly helps kids talk about their significant issues and shows them you think they’re important. In turn, that leads to better grades and better behavior choices.

Easy Goulash Recipe

Somebody set the table!

Easy Bacon Goulash Recipe

Classic Goulash with Bacon

  • Author: Spaceships and Laser Beams


  • 1.5 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • ½ box cooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 jars RAGU Homestyle Traditional Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 7 strips of cooked bacon
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Season ground beef with salt and pepper and brown until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Add 2 jars of RAGU sauce and Worcestershire sauce to ground beef. Stir until the Worcestershire sauce is completely mixed into the sauce. Add the pasta and stir to coat.
  3. Stir in half the cheese until melted.
  4. Chop bacon and sprinkle on the top—you won’t believe the extra “wow” it adds to this dish! Top with the rest of the cheddar.


  • Calories: 2774
  • Sugar: 25
  • Sodium: 6750
  • Fat: 186
  • Saturated Fat: 88
  • Unsaturated Fat: 75
  • Trans Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 58
  • Protein: 206
  • Cholesterol: 731

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.