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Horizontal image of a tan bowl filled with egg noodles underneath a hearty mound of sauce garnished with a dollop of sour cream and chopped herbs.

Goulash with Meatballs

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Easy homemade goulash with ground beef or turkey meatballs is hearty, super comforting, and extra delicious served over egg noodles.



For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sauce:

  • 1 medium white onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced (about 1 1/2-2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For Serving:

  • Cooked egg noodles
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a medium-size bowl, mix together ground beef or turkey, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic until well-combined. Form into 25 meatballs with about 1 tablespoon meat mixture each. 
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet and place over medium heat. Once hot, brown meatballs, cooking for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate. 
  3. Return pan to the heat. Add onion and peppers. Cook until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add tomato paste, canned tomatoes with their juices, beef broth, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced by about one-third.
  5. Add meatballs back to the pan, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and sauce has thickened to your liking. 
  6. Serve over egg noodles with sour cream and freshly chopped parsley.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Meatballs
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Hungarian

Keywords: goulash, meatball, ground turkey, ground beef, egg noodle, Hungarian