Tasty Thursday {Goulash}


Happy Thursday y'all! Welcome to my new followers! So happy to have you:)

Here's another recipe for this cold cold nights we've been having. We had snow here on the beach of NC again this week. Boo. I am really over winter. Anyway, this Goulash kept us warm and provided us with plenty of leftovers for our snow day. Here's the link to the original recipe - on Tasty Kitchen of course!

I changed just a few things on the ingredients- noted in red below - I followed the instruction below, just like the original recipe. I was skeptical at first because I've never made Goulash, but it seems to be a homemade healthy version of Hamburger Helper. And it was delicious!

Here's what you need:
* 1 Tablespoon Oil
* 1 Large Onion, Chopped
* 4 cloves Garlic, Minced {used five}
* 1 pound Ground Beef {lean beef}
* 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt (or 1/2 Teaspoon Table Salt)
* ½ teaspoons Black Pepper
* 1 Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
* 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder {2 tbsp ancho chili pepper}
* 1 teaspoon Paprika {added Tumeric, about 1 tbsp}
* 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
* 2 cans Diced Tomatoes (14.5 Oz), Zesty-style Works Great {only one can}
* ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt (or 1/4 Teaspoon Table Salt), Or To Taste
* ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
* 8 ounces, weight Macaroni Or Your Favorite Pasta Shape
* 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley



What to do:
Fill a pot with some water for the pasta; cover, and set over high heat. Start heating 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the ground beef, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; cook until fully browned. Drain.

While still over medium heat, add the bell pepper, chili powder, paprika, and tomato paste to the ground beef and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, then stir to combine. Cover and bring to a gentle simmer.

When the meat mixture has come to a full simmer, add a good amount of salt to the boiling water. Add the pasta, then stir to combine. Cook the pasta for two minutes less than the shortest cooking time listed on the box. You want it undercooked. While the pasta is cooking, stir the meat mixture periodically.

Drain the pasta and immediately add it to the meat mixture, then stir to combine. Allow the pasta and meat mixture to simmer together for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the pasta is as done as you like it. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Add the parsley and stir to combine.

That's it! Serve and enjoy!