Italian Goulash

I heard good news from my doctor today. The MRI results came back and I have nothing serious going on with my back (YEAH!). With a little hard work, exercise, and some help from the physical therapist and the chiropractor, I should be back to normal in no time. Thankfully, the last few days have been good days with more movement and much less pain. 

Unfortunately, my daughter now has the flu and the rest of us aren’t feeling well either – UGH!  Since my family is under the weather, I decided to post some good old comfort food. I’ll be back in the kitchen soon…

Originally Posted on January 25, 2010

My mom used to make goulash for us when we were kids and it was one of my favorite meals. I haven’t had it for years and I have been craving it lately. My mom would make her goulash with tomato sauce, ground beef, canned mushrooms, onion, bell pepper and elbow macaroni. I decided to make an Italian goulash using leftover homemade marinara, fresh mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, fresh basil, garlic and elbow macaroni. If you don’t have time to make the marinara you could always use a jar of your favorite store bought marinara. My whole family really loved this goulash. Thanks for the inspiration Mom.

Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms then cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef, bell pepper, chopped garlic then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper; cook for 4-5 minutes making sure to crumble the ground beef as it cooks. Drain any excess grease from the pan then add the marinara sauce, stir until mixed thoroughly. Simmer the sauce for 1-2 hours so flavors combine.

Cook the elbow macaroni per instructions (make sure to season the water with salt) then drain completely. Combine the macaroni with the sauce, add the fresh basil and mix well. Simmer for 15 minutes so the sauce has time to flavor the noodles. Top with Asiago cheese if desired and serve. Enjoy.

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Italian Goulash

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 lb of lean ground beef (94/6)
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
3-4 baby bell peppers, diced (I used red & orange)
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3 cups of Roasted Tomato, Onion & Garlic Marinara
12 oz elbow macaroni, cooked per instructions
Fresh basil, chiffonade
Asiago, grated

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms then cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef, bell pepper, chopped garlic then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper; cook for 4-5 minutes making sure to crumble the ground beef as it cooks. Drain any excess grease from the pan then add the marinara sauce, stir until mixed thoroughly. Simmer the sauce for 1-2 hours so flavors combine.

Cook the elbow macaroni per instructions (make sure to season the water with salt) then drain completely. Combine the macaroni with the sauce, add the fresh basil and mix well. Simmer for 15 minutes so the sauce has time to flavor the noodles. Top with Asiago cheese if desired and serve. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Inspired by my Mom

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29 Responses to “Italian Goulash”

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    Susan — January 29, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    What a bowl of comfort! Easy and delish! So glad you got good news from the doc!Sending healing mojo your way, Pam!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — January 29, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Looks delicious! Glad to hear it’s nothing serious with your back. Hope your daughter feels better soon.

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    Rachel — January 29, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    hmmm, it’s sounds really delicious and easy to make! and besides, i love pasta dishes! So glad to hear about the result of your MRI. I hope that your daughter gets well soon :) Take care =_

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    Karen — January 29, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    My Mom made this goulash when I was a kid also. I still make it and my husband likes it with jalapeno cornbread. Yum

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 29, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    So glad about the good news! YAY! Oh and so sorry about the flu too. Apparently that’s going around.

    As for the goulash – I made it last year and Jason and I LOOOOOVED IT! We devoured every last bite of it.

    I think I need to make it again.

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    Kris — January 29, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    First off Pam…Hooray for no big problems going on with the back!!!! Wishing you a quick healing and recovery!!!
    My Mom used to make something similar and she called it chili mac. This looks mouth watering good!!
    Keep healing!!!
    xo Kris

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    mia xara — January 29, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    I’m glad to hear your MRI results were good, Pam!!! Hopefully you’ll escape the flu, though… Very comforting dish, full of great flavor! XOXO

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    Kim in MD — January 30, 2013 @ 4:21 am

    I’m so glad you don’t have anything too serious going on with your back. I’m sorry to hear that your daughter has the flu and the rest of the family may be coming down with it, too! I hope everyone feels better soon! :-)

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    Jenn — January 30, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    YAY! I am so glad to hear there is nothing serious going on with your back! You still have a tough road ahead, but that sure does take a load off!!
    By the way… this is one of our favorite dishes. I make it often…. it’s fantastic!!

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    Mary — January 30, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    Hi Pam, we like that goulash too. I’ve made your recipe before! I’m glad the MRI results were positive though. This really stinks how long the recovery is taking and adding the flu on top of it is just lousy. Hoping that you feel better very very soon.

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    Peggy Recker — January 30, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    This sounds very tastey.

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    Kate — January 30, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    Mmmmmm……this brings back memories of my mom’s goulash. This has a wonderful combination of flavors!

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    Rhonda — January 30, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Well thank goodness you got good news, but the flu is terrible this year! I hope you all recover soon but if you got what we have out here you might be coughing for a while :(

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    teresa — January 30, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    so relieved to hear about your back, that kind of stuff is stressful! i grew up with goulash too, i love it! must make this soon.

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    bellini — January 30, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    My mom did not often allow me in the kitchen but a dish similar to this was something I loved to cook.

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    Kim — January 30, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    This takes me back to my childhood. Can’t wait to make it!

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    vanillasugarblog — January 30, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    YES!
    thank goodness.
    so glad to hear this Pam.
    physical therapy helps a lot, make sure to ask them all kinds of questions and things you can do as upkeep when the therapy runs out.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — January 30, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    I’m glad you got good news regarding your back!
    My husband & kid would love this meal!

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    Pam — January 30, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Love goulash! A perfect comfort dish! That’s great with your good news!

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    Aggie — January 30, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    Aww, hope you all start feeling better! So much going around this season!!

    This looks so comforting. My SIL introduced me to goulash years ago, I’ve made it very similar to this, love it’s Italian twist and the mushrooms for sure!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — January 30, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    I am happy to hear about your back, but sorry to hear that your daughter is sick. Italian goulash sounds so yummy.

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    Joanne — January 31, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    That’s such great news!!! I’m so happy for you! Though I hope the whole family feels better soon!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 31, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    That’s great news, Pam. Take good care of you!

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    Chris — February 2, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    A little black cloud called and said, “Tell Pam to quit walking under me!”

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    Missy — February 7, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    WOW, this is so good!! Thanks!

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    Kellsie78 — March 8, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    I finally have the answer to what people call our family favourite. But ours also contains green beans and crushed pineapple. My grandmother made this twice a week whilst we were growing up. A total favourite in our house.

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