Saturday, August 04, 2012

Homemade Goulash

Last weekend I made meals for the freezer. It takes a few hours but this will save you time during the week (in case you have nights like I do when you don't feel like cooking) and your family will love it! I adapted this recipe from Paula Deen (it's called Bobby's Goulash). I used organic ingredients but use the products of your choice. I would have liked to use fresh tomatoes from the garden but my tomatoes weren't quite ready. You can also make it gluten-free by using gluten-free elbow macaroni. It's so tasty - my family loved it!
Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey
1 pound lean ground beef
1 -2 small onions, diced ( I used red onions)
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
3 cups water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 T soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1 T seasoning salt
course ground pepper to taste
2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
Putting it together:
Brown meat and onions in a large pan, I used my cast iron Dutch oven, it's the perfect pan! After the meat is brown, spoon off any excess grease. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, water, garlic, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy or worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, and pepper. Stir to mix everything together and put the lid on your pan and cook for 25 minutes. Add macaroni and simmer for another 20-25 minutes over low heat. Let it sit about 30 minutes with the heat off. Remove bay leaves before serving. Be prepared to eat it with a spoon so you get all of the sauce! Enjoy!
Makes about 8-10 servings. Freeze in airtight containers.
 
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi


71 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/04/2012

    I'm making it this weekend! Did you have to cook the macaroni noodles first or do they cook in the goulash?

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  2. No, you don't pre-cook your macaroni noodles. That's what I love about this, you add them to your other ingredients and they cook in the sauce. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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    1. It is goulash try adding some paprika

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  3. That was a good question, I updated the recipe. I think it will be less confusing - thanks again!

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  4. Anonymous12/28/2012

    Is the "t" teaspoon or tablespoon?

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    1. The "t" is teaspoon and "T" is tablespoon. We usually try to write tsp for teaspoon or Tbls for tablespoon. Sorry for the confusion!

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  5. Anonymous12/29/2012

    This is more complicated than I have ever made it. How we make it is we only use three ingredents:
    1 lb. Ground beef
    1 box macarooni
    1 large can of Tomato juice

    Cook macarooni and bee in separate pans and when cooked, add the tomato juice. We usually add sugar for sweetness.

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    1. Anonymous6/23/2013

      That sounds really bland and gross

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    2. Anonymous1/31/2014

      Way to bland for my family....ugh

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    3. Anonymous6/10/2014

      What you make is different. ALTO runnier. I also make it but only if i have my own canned tomato juice available as its more flavorful .

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    4. Making tonight with ground beef, Worcestershire, paprika and spaghetti sauce..... Also garlic and onion....half cooking the noodles, to save a little time while I was cooking the meat. Can't wait to try

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    5. Making tonight with ground beef, Worcestershire, paprika and spaghetti sauce..... Also garlic and onion....half cooking the noodles, to save a little time while I was cooking the meat. Can't wait to try

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  6. Anonymous12/30/2012

    I used to make a recipe kind of like that but this recipe has so much flavor. It does have more ingredients but its delicious...and my kids love it now! Have you made it yet?

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    1. Anonymous4/05/2015

      I learned how to make this a very long time ago and I added a can of dark red kidney beans and a little worcestershire sauce to your taste. And also a half cup of ketchup. It's also delicious that way!!!

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  7. Anonymous12/31/2012

    I had to tell you this is the best goulash! It was easy to mix together. I used one pan for everything. My kids and husband loved it. I'm taking it to moms group next week.

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  8. YAY!! Glad you liked it, hope your moms group loves it too!

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  9. Anonymous2/20/2013

    Making this tonight! Sounds delicious!

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  10. Hey, when do you add the worchestershire sauce? It's not in the instructions.
    P.S. we made this tonight and it's really good without it, but I just now noticed I missed that step.

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    1. Oh sorry Lindsay, you add the worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce) when you add the other ingredients like the tomato sauce, seasonings, etc. I'll update that - thank you! I'm glad you liked it anyway!

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  11. Anonymous2/22/2013

    Made this yesterday with plans of leftovers for my boyfriend and I for a couple days...until my friends came over and finished it all off! It is so delicious, they all loved it, and I am making it again right now per my boyfriend's request. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Haha! Your comment made me laugh because the same thing has happened to me!! I keep an extra bowl in the freezer now because it goes fast! Thanks for stopping by - we love comments!

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  12. I've never really liked American goulosh, mainly because it just tastes like tomato juice and macaroni, which I guess is all the traditional recipe really is. I made this tonight and the entire family thought it was wonderful! I loved all the flavor, though, next time, I'll add some smoked paprika to give it a taste more similar to Hungarian goulash. I served it with a dollop of sour cream, my husband and kids covered theirs with spicy Rooster sauce--thumbs up all around!

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    1. Thanks Megan! You have given us some great ideas! We were stumped with the Rooster sauce but wouldn't you know my sister had some on hand. I am anxious to try that - we like spicy! Thanks so much for stopping!

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  13. Anonymous8/09/2013

    Making this now. Sounds so yummy!!

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  14. Anonymous8/29/2013

    I made a batch with Morningstar Veggie Crumbles because my husband is a vegetarian. He was so impatient he barely let it finish cooking. The aromas in the house are amazing. I am sure the leftovers will keep us satisfied for a couple days.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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  15. Making it once again today..Love the simple flavors, I only added one teaspoon of seasoned salt, one tablespoon of italian seasoning, and one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce into it, tastes perfect! I cook macaroni separately because I like my goulash saucy..

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    1. Thanks Lesa! That sounds like a great variation! I'm going to try that for something a little different! Thanks for stopping by and giving us a great idea!

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  16. Anonymous12/15/2013

    Are the bay leaves necessary? Or is it okay to leave them out?

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    1. I've left the bay leaves out and it tastes just as good!

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  17. Growing up, this type of dish was called Chop Suey (no idea why, but we still call it that). We make it using elbow macaroni, hamburger, onions, diced tomatoes (canned is easier), tomato soup and canned mushrooms. One of my fave meals.

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  18. Anonymous7/10/2014

    Made this last night i twas really good. Thanks

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    1. So happy you liked it! Still a favorite at our house!

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  19. Anonymous9/23/2014

    Cooking this right now..

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    1. can you this make in a regular cooking pot rather then Dutch Oven?

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    2. Certainly! I have a couple of favorites, one is stainless and the other is my Pampered Chef cookware. The main thing is just to make sure it's large enough. Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. We had a recipe almost like this,except no worchester sause, and we used Chili Powder!

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    1. That sounds like a great option! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Anonymous4/13/2015

      Making this again, tonight. I am trying your tip and using chili powder!

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  21. Anonymous3/28/2015

    Can other pasta be substituted? My hubby hates macaroni...no idea why but he just loathes it.

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    1. Yes! I have used penne pasta, rotini and shell macaroni. They all work great! Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Anonymous4/07/2015

    Can you do in crock pot?

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    1. I have not used a crock pot. If you try it let us know how it turns out.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Anonymous4/13/2015

    I saw this recipe on Facebook and decided to make it since it looked delicious! Super simple to make. My family didn't come up for air in between fork fulls! Don't know if I'd make it in a crock pot though. This is a MUST TRY recipe!

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    1. My twin granddaughters request this goulash every visit! It's the only meal they clean up their bowls and ask for more! I make it with gluten free macaroni for them. I laughed at your comment about not coming up for air...that is exactly what happens at our house! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Anonymous4/29/2015

    my husband makes this all the time he cooks the macaroni seperate & add kernel corn to it it is awesome

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    1. Corn sounds like a nice addition. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Anonymous9/21/2015

      My mom always added corn too, it added a little sweetness. Truly a recipe that brings me back to childhood!!! Thank you!

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  25. Anonymous4/30/2015

    making it now can't wait to see what they think :)

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  26. Anonymous5/08/2015

    Hey Tammi,
    Just a stupid question. Are the "T's" in your recipe teaspoons or tablespoons?

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    1. Not stupid at all. The big T is tablespoon, little t is teaspoon. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for stopping!

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  27. Can you use a whole 1 lb box of Macaroni with this recipe?

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    1. I suppose you could but it would change the consistency of the goulash. You might need to add some more liquid so that it doesn't become too dry. Let us know if it works! Thanks for stopping!

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    2. Anonymous1/07/2016

      Since 1 cup is 8 oz and one lb is 16 oz, I just added a whole 1 lb box of macaroni when I made it tonight. I also only added one can of diced tomatoes because my family doesn't like "chunks" of tomato. It still turned out okay (I did add a little water to the tomato sauce can and swished it around and added it to the pot to get all the tomato sauce that was sticking to the can.)

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  28. Does this freeze well? What's the best way to go about that?

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    1. This freezes great! I freeze mine in quart size freezer bags. Make sure you get the air out of the bag before you freeze it. I have also used air tight containers (like Tupperware or Rubbermaid). I like to freeze mine in smaller servings because they fit in the freezer better. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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  29. Anonymous9/12/2015

    I've tried to find a way to contact you privately but there doesn't seem to be that option here. I believe someone is violating copyright laws using this recipe and picture as their own without reference to its source. I you would like more info, you can contact via e-mail: teresa-lilly@hotmail.com

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  30. We had this for dinner tonight! Great recipe. Would make this again. My daughter thought it was not enough macaroni, and add extra 1/2 cup, made it to dry. Next time I will cook pasta separately, then add so it has a saucier consistency. Thank you for this recipe. It is a real keeper.

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    1. I agree that it does not have as much macaroni as other recipes. I think since it is a personal preference so I would add more liquid if you use more macaroni. Our family prefers a little less macaroni and a little more sauce. Thanks for visiting us!

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  31. Why do you let it sit for half an hour after cooking? Just for more flavor? Excited to try this!

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    1. You don't have to let it sit. You are right, it just enhances the flavor. Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Anonymous2/22/2016

    can you use all ground turkey ?

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    1. Yes! I have also used bison.

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  33. I substituted a can of tomato paste for the canned tomatoes and used 2 lbs ground chuck. We loved it.

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  34. Anonymous8/10/2016

    Making this now, I cook for 7 and I'm doubling this. Wish me luck. Thanks for the recipe, always looking for recipes witness uncooked noodles. ☺

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  35. I love this recipe for large crowds. We have 12 with the family so I'm glad you commented about doubling the recipe! Thank you!

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  36. Could I substitute beef broth for the water? What would it do to the flavor if I did? Also, if I wanted to add smoked paprika, how much should I add?

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  37. I make this as with only 1.5 lbs ground turkey and 3 cups elbows. Also add a few extra splashes of Worcestershire. Don't use a skillet, use a large stock pot, due to all the liquid. Serve with grated cheddar or parm cheese. Great comfort food, my kids love it!!

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