This updated version of the classic american goulash includes green pepper, garlic, fire roasted tomatoes, and more. And it all cooks in one pot!
Bonus, this is a super easy, budget-friendly recipe. You probably have most of the ingredients.
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Who else grew up on this dish? Yep, me too. We just called it goulash. But since it in no way resembles the beefy, paprika laden dish it’s named after, I wanted to differentiate betwen the two.
When my mom made this, she used 3 ingredients; ground beef, tomato sauce, and elbow macaroni. Needless to say, it didn’t have a whole lot of flavor.
So over the years I’ve tried to boost the flavor without changing the basic dish too much.
Before you begin, make sure you’re using a really large skillet with a lid. A dutch oven will work too but a lid is crucial.
Start by browning and draining your ground beef. You know how to do this, right? I don’t need to show you a picture? I didn’t think so.
Next, throw in the onion, green pepper, and thyme.
Cook that until the onion is soft and translucent.
Then just throw in the rest of the ingredients.
Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil.
then reduce the heat to low and pop on the lid. The macaroni will cook in the liquid and soak up all of the flavor.
Cook for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the macaroni is tender.
Sprinkle with a little chopped parsley if you like.
BTW, I used Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes for this recipe because I love the flavor, but you use what you like/have on hand. Many is the time I used whatever I had in the pantry.
If you like my American Goulash, be sure to try my Spicy Cajun Goulash; chicken, endouille sausage, and cheese with a spicy kick.
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