I have a confession to make……I’ve been in a cooking rut.  I’ve been fresh out of inspiration and have had little interest in making anything too complicated.  So the other day I started looking at Pinterest, hoping that something would jump out at me and that’s exactly what happened.

I saw a Paula Dean recipe for goulash and it got me thinking….and actually feeling a little inspired.  The recipe looked easy enough and seemed perfect for a weeknight dinner.  The original recipe had a LOT of sodium in it, so I cut down on that and I added a few more veggies.  It turned out to be really easy to prepare and it was delicious!

If you’re looking for an easy to prepare, one pot wonder, give this goulash a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Old Fashioned Goulash

  • 1 lb ground beef (I used 90% lean)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (whatever color you have on hand)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked

Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add ground beef, break up with a spoon and brown until no longer pink.

Add onion, bell pepper and garlic.  Saute for about 5 minutes until onion softens.  Stir in salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and bay leaves.

Stir in water, crushed tomatoes and soy sauce.  Bring to a bubble.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

Stir in peas and macaroni.  Simmer covered for 20-25 minutes, until macaroni is tender.

Serve immediately.



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