What comes to mind when you hear the word goulash? I was surprised by how many people have said, "This isn't goulash!" It's not Hungarian goulash, that's for sure.
So, what is American goulash? It's hearty, simple, and full of flavor but uncomplicated. It's an easy one-pan, quick, and easy dinner you can have on the table in about 30 minutes using a pound of hamburger and a few other simple pantry ingredients! (That is if you remember to defrost the hamburger!)
It's got elbow macaroni, petite diced tomatoes, a can of tomato soup, and some simple seasonings. It's mild, and kids eat it up. Hungry men and boys love it, and it's been a family favorite with us for three generations now. I think your family will love it, too.
Let's start with the one-pan thing. It's a big deal to discover you don't have to boil and drain the macaroni separately. That means fewer dishes!
It's quick and easy to make and pretty inexpensive. There are no fancy ingredients in it, and it's easily doubled for larger families. All you need is a bigger pan! The leftovers are great and easy to warm up in the microwave.
American goulash is virtually a meal in one pan, and all you might want to add is a green vegetable or a salad. Garlic bread goes great with it, too! When everyone is starving, you don't need to keep them waiting too long!
How's this for easy? Brown the beef and crumble it right in the skillet. I love my Pampered Chef Mix and Chop. I use it for lots of stuff, but it's a must for quickly getting ground beef ready for so many dishes! It does a great job of breaking up the beef just the way we like it.
Now it's a simple dump-dump-dump process of adding the tomatoes, soup, macaroni, and the rest. (Hint: If you can't find the petite tomatoes, you can grab your kitchen scissors and snip regular diced tomatoes into smaller pieces right in the can!!)
Experiment with some of the already seasoned petite diced tomatoes you can find nowadays and adjust the garlic and onion accordingly. You may find a flavor your family will love! Fire roasted? Basil, garlic and oregano? Yum!
Stir it all up, cover it tight, and give it another stir or two while it's cooking til the macaroni is nice and tender. While it's doing its thing, you've got time to toss a salad (bagged, of course) and heat a veggie like some French cut green beans or peas if you like 'em. Oh, and maybe pop some garlic toast in the oven. Mmmmmm! Heavenly smells wafting from the kitchen!
Another recipe that goes great with this goulash is MIllie's Dilly Bread! So good, and it was a Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner for a woman right here in Nebraska!
Here's one more hint. Whoops, one night, I didn't have tomato soup on the shelf; what the heck?? What's a girl to do? I grabbed a can of cream of mushroom soup instead, and it was awesome! I dubbed it "Golden Goulash" instead of "GB goofed!"
If you don't want to use mushroom soup, here are some ideas for making your own with tomato soup substitute using simple ingredients! Clever! I'm proud to say the last one is from right here at Nebraska University Lincoln's excellent food service and technology department, a top-notch program!
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Love, GB (Betty Streff)
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