Kid-Friendly “Goulash”


Goulash is one of those great dishes that you can get into just about any child, with modifications. It’s a cheap, budget friendly dish that I remember scarfing down as a kid. I worshiped it in all its cheesy glory then, and I remember it fondly now. Unfortunately, being unable to consume cheese, I figured goulash was just another meal I would probably never eat again. Until I came up with this dairy free version!

Please feel free to use whatever noodles you and your family prefer. Goulash is traditionally made with elbow macaroni, but my daughter feels that the ‘funny shape’ of the noodles makes the pasta taste weird. Ha! We make ours with Rigatoni instead. For a healthier version, use ground turkey.

You Will Need:

  • 2 Cups Noodles- Gluten free noodles can be used if you desire.
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound mild bulk sausage or ground country sausage
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 jar favorite spaghetti sauce*
  • 1/2 cup dairy free cheese, such as Daiya


  1. Crumble ground beef or turkey and sausage in skillet, cooking over medium high heat. Cook until completely browned.
  2. Add onion and then cook for 2-3 minutes longer until the meat begins to ‘crisp’ slightly. Remove from heat.
  3. Boil noodles in salted water until cooked through, about 7-10 minutes depending on the type of noodle used.
  4. Add the meat to the noodles and add pasta sauce. Stir to mix well. Add cheese.
  5. Heat over medium heat until the pasta is bubbly and the cheese is melted. Season to taste.

*NOTE- This is a great kid friendly recipe. If you don’t have a jarred pasta sauce you particularly enjoy, or you are allergic to an ingredient in pasta sauce, feel free to make your own. Sometimes I omit the pasta sauce and add tomato paste, water, and diced veggies in its place. This is a great way to get more vegetables into your little one. Additions like carrots, winter squash, zucchini, and diced tomatoes mesh well with this recipe.

Enjoy! If cooked to al-dente, this recipe also freezes well!


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3 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly “Goulash”

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