Here is the real scoop on this dish… I wanted Lasagna this evening so I went to the grocery store to get everything I needed. Wouldn’t you know it I got home and realized I got everything but the Lasagna noodles (the main ingredient). All I had in the house was elbow macaroni. It was delicious but it didn’t taste like Lasagna it tasted more like a cheesy Goulash. So Cheesy Goulash is born or at least my Cheesy Goulash is born 🙂

cheesy goulash bake

Cheesy Goulash Bake 

1 to 2 lbs ground beef

1 small onion diced

Salt, pepper & granulated garlic or (whatever garlic you prefer), and Italian seasoning to taste


2 eggs

24oz container cottage cheese

Shredded Mozzarella cheese (I used 16 oz or 2 8oz packages)

1 pckg. Elbow Macaroni

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I prefer Ragu, but whichever brand is preferred is fine)


Pre-heat oven to 350

Boil macaroni and drain

Brown ground beef, seasonings and onion and drain then add the jar of spaghetti sauce hold back 2 to 3 tablespoons of sauce.

In a small mixing bowl add cottage cheese, a handful of Mozzarella cheese or desired amount, parsley and eggs mix well. Salt & pepper to taste.

In baking dish sprayed with a non-stick spray spread the 3 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce evenly on bottom of pan. Layer/spread macaroni evenly, spread cottage cheese mixture over macaroni, spread meat sauce over cottage cheese mixture and top with lots of Mozzarella cheese.

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Place foil loosely over pan and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour. Uncover add a little more Mozzarella cheese if you dare add more cheese (you know I did) and bake for about 20 minutes uncovered. Cool and serve.

This dish came together as an afterthought and by the seat of my pants. Looking back I should have and next time I will mix one egg, a small amount of cottage cheese, a little Mozzarella cheese and mix well with the macaroni to make more of a base out of the macaroni.

It is delicious so enjoy!