Eggplant Goulash – Meatless American Goulash Recipe

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Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies. Ready in just 30 minutes, this meatless American goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash.

Whatever your reason for wanting a meatless main dish, this skillet pasta recipe is a great option. Nobody will guess this is goulash without meat featuring eggplant instead.

Eggplant Goulash

I am the master of goulash.

This is a distinction I’ve earned as an adult with three young children…three young and hungry children. Three young, hungry and impatient children.

Goulash is the ultimate food to fix for kids because I can whip it up in under 30 minutes, and my kids absolutely love it.

I make classic goulash with hamburger, goulash in the instant pot, Mexican Goulash, and Sloppy Joe Goulash.

And now, I deserve a round of applause, because I make Eggplant Goulash and my kids never suspected that it was full of veggies instead of ground beef.

They never questioned the lack of meat because chunks of eggplant resemble meat in appearance, and once sautéed with all those delicious goulash flavors, the eggplant takes on those same flavors.

Meatless American Goulash Recipe

Let me repeat this statement.

This is a meatless American Goulash recipe.

Instead of ground beef, I used all vegetables. Since it’s garden season, and our CSA box usually contains eggplant, this meatless goulash recipe was the solution to using up those purple beauties taking up space in my refrigerator crisper drawer.

All you have to do is peel the eggplant, remove the seeds (if needed or desired), cut into small cubes, and boil in salted water.

Once the eggplant is fork-tender, drain well, and then it’s ready to be added to the meatless American Goulash recipe.

Ingredient List for Goulash with Eggplant and Tomatoes

Eggplant, peeled and diced

Olive oil

Onions, diced

Garlic, minced

Stewed tomatoes

Tomato Sauce

Italian Seasoning blend (dried oregano, basil and parsley)

Salt and Black Pepper

Sugar

Elbow Macaroni

Water

Goulash Without Meat

I came up with the idea for this goulash without meat from my Old Fashioned Eggplant Casserole recipe. In this recipe, it follows the same steps of peeling, dicing and boiling the eggplant before using it in the casserole.

I always noted that the eggplant takes on an almost meat-like texture and appearance.

So I was laying in bed at night, where I do my best thinking when I should be sleeping, and this recipe hit me. I knew my kids would love it.

And, I was correct. It looks almost identical to my Classic goulash recipe and it tastes just as great.

How to Make Goulash without meat

  1. Peel, remove seeds and dice eggplant. Boil in salted water until fork-tender. Drain well.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Sauté onions until soft.
  3. Add eggplant and garlic and sauté for a minute longer.
  4. To the skillet, add undrained stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper, uncooked elbow macaroni and water.
  5. Stir and simmer, uncovered until the noodles are cooked, stirring occasionally. If it seems dry, add a little more water.
  6. If desired, top with grated Parmesan before serving.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for eggplant goulash, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 

Notes About Meatless American Goulash

  • For this eggplant goulash recipe, I used 3 normal sized eggplant which equaled about 6 to 7 cups once peeled and diced.
  • Dried, minced onion can be substituted for fresh onion.
  • I like to chop up the eggplant and stewed tomatoes in small chunks to make it more palatable for my kids. I use one of these meat choppers for easy chopping while it’s cooking in the skillet.
  • If you do not have an Italian seasoning blend, use a combination of dried oregano, basil and/or parsley.
  • If you love meat, use a combination of hamburger and eggplant to stretch your ground beef a bit farther.
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Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 

What to make with eggplant and tomatoes?

Try making a goulash without meat. Peel and dice the eggplant, and then boil until tender. Once drained, treat the eggplant like the “meat” in the goulash. Follow your favorite goulash recipe replace ground meat with eggplant. It’s delicious, and nobody will suspect that you’ve used eggplant instead of ground beef.

Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 

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Eggplant Goulash - Meatless American Goulash Recipe

Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggplant goulash, goulash without meat, meatless american goulash
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 small eggplant 6-7 cups when peeled and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14.5 ounces stewed tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning blend
  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Peel eggplant; remove seeds and dice.
    Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
  • Boil in salted water until fork-tender; drain well.
    Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Sauté onions until soft.
    Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
  • Add drained eggplant and minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
    Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
  • To the skillet, add undrained stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper, uncooked macaroni noodles and water. If desired, break up stewed tomatoes and eggplant into smaller chunks.
    Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
  • Simmer over medium low until the macaroni is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Add a little more water if needed.
    Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 
  • Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Notes

  • For this eggplant goulash recipe, I used 3 normal sized eggplant which equaled about 6 to 7 cups once peeled and diced. 
  • Dried, minced onion can be substituted for fresh onion. 
  • I like to chop up the eggplant and stewed tomatoes in small chunks to make it more edible for my kids.  I use one of these meat choppers for easy chopping while it's cooking in the skillet. 
  • If you do not have an Italian seasoning blend, use a combination of dried oregano, basil and/or parsley. 
  • If you love meat, use a combination of hamburger and eggplant. 
  • Love goulash? You love this classic goulash recipe!

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Eggplant Goulash is a great way to get kids to eat veggies.  Meatless American Goulash tastes just like classic hamburger goulash; no body will guess that this is goulash without meat. 

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