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.
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