When I think of Fall, I think of comfort food. I am often reminded of my gramma's kitchen and all the wonderful things she made with love. I loved the food that came out of her kitchen. I have so many great memories - from the wonderful smells of the food, to watching the way my gramma cooked without measuring, to tasting dishes that were always seasoned to perfection ... and many times, getting chased out of the kitchen because it became our playground while she was cooking! ;) I can only hope that one of these days, my own children and grandchildren will look at me and my kitchen with those same fond memories. Do you have a favorite childhood food? One of my favorites would definitely be goulash!
Although I'm sure this is different from Gramma's version, it's still so comforting and delicious! My family really enjoys this One Pot Goulash - and I love that it's an easy, one pot meal! That means less dishes to clean later. What cook doesn't love that?
We usually enjoy this dish with a side salad and garlic bread! I hope your family enjoys this One Pot Goulash as much as mine!
One Pot Goulash
Slightly adapted from the Food Network
Yield: 8-10 servings
2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups water
1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1-2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
2½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
In a 5 qt. pan, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Drain if desired. Add beef mixture back to the pot and add garlic, water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, paprika, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni and stir well. Return lid and continue to simmer for 15 minutes or until the noodles are done. Allow to sit covered for 5-10 minutes and mix well before serving.