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Goulash

Minced ground beef, onions, garlic, and warm spices simmered with elbow noodles in a silky tomato sauce.

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I like making goulash. It’s hearty, simple, and easy. It’s like spaghetti sauce without all the time involved. Chili without all the spice but it still maintains a ton of flavor. A reprieve from the heat always gets the wheels in my head turning on how I can sneak in a comforting classic. Since I know here in Texas the humidity can be back the next day. I like to get my mind and palette excited for the seasons changing and sometimes I just can’t wait.

For this recipe, I went with a classic goulash finely, and I mean finely minced ground beef that’s seasoned with paprika, a variety of ground peppers, and a few herbs all simmered together in a super simple crushed tomato sauce. I simmered the ever classic elbows noodles in the same pot so that every noodle absorbs the sweet tomato sauce and each bit has the meat sauce inside and out.  Check out my tips and tricks below for the best goulash.  Try this recipe out and let me know what you think.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST GOULASH

minced meat: finely minced meat is the key to a silky goulash. to achieve finely minced meat make sure the beef isn’t frozen and you break it apart with your hands while adding it into the pan. use a fork to crush it apart.

uncooked pasta: uncooked pasta is big here. goulash is quick. you’ll need to simmer the pasta in the sauce. that way the sauce will get soaked into the pasta and the meat catches in the noodle.

fine vegetable: fine vegetables are important because it stays on the fork. finely minced veg keeps the vegetables quick-cooking and consistent with the pasta and meat.

worcestershire: worcestershire is key here. It adds a savory depth. don’t skip the Worcestershire sauce it adds a subtle savoriness that rounds out the dish. if something tastes likes it’s missing it’s probably worcestershire or bay leaves.

leave it a little loose: leave the sauce a little loose that way the pasta will have something to absorb: you don’t want to toss it too much to break up the pasta. don’t cook the pasta at a rapid boil like you normally would. lower the temperature, cover, and cook for about double to triple the cooking time.

SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO:

  1. SPICY SHRIMP OVER PAPPARDELLE
  2. STUFFED CHEESY SHELLS W/ GARDEN RAGU
  3. BUCATINI AND MEATBALLS

ENJOY THIS RECIPE WITH:

  1. BAKED ZUCCHINI WEDGES + ROASTED TOMATO DIP
  2. FROSTED STRAWBERRY SWIRL VANILLA POUND CAKE
  3. CUCUMBER VINAIGRETTE

Goulash

Goulash
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INGREDIENTS

  • 2lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Yellow Onion, minced
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2c Elbow Pasta, uncooked
  • 28oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 6oz Tomato Paste
  • 1.5c Vegetable Broth
  • 1Tb Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4c White Wine
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 2tsp White Pepper
  • 1TB Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • 1Tb Paprika
  • 1Tb Garlic Powder
  • 2tsp Thyme
  • 2tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2c Cheddar Cheese, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat a Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Add in ground beef. Fluff and brown meat till its finely minced.
  • Add in yellow onions, garlic and bay leaves.
  • Sear for 5 minutes till the onions start to develop color.
  • Season with spices listed along with white wine.
  • Add in tomato paste and crushed tomatoes.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings.
  • Once simmered add in vegetable broth and elbow noodles.
  • Toss, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Once cooked remove from the heat and add in cheddar cheese.
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