Sunday, February 13, 2022

Old Fashion American Goulash Recipe | Simple Easy Pasta Supper

This recipe for basic old fashion American Goulash comes together quickly for a simple easy pasta supper.

Ground Beef and Elbow Macaroni Dinner American Goulash

American Goulash Ground Beef Skillet Casserole

My mom would make this easy ground beef dinner a few times a month for us.  Back when I was a kid, we just called ground beef plain old hamburger meat.  Now you can get 80% Lean, 85% Lean, 90% Lean, Ground Chicken, Ground Turkey, or Turkeyburger.  Use whatever  you like.  I use whatever's on sale, as my husband and since I've switched to the Mediterranean Diet for healthy eating, we now use Ground Turkey or Turkey Burger.

American Goulash Recipe Ground Beef Skillet Casserole

Of course, everything homemade tastes better, because you can control the ingredients and seasonings.  I won't use the box mixes similar to Goulash (or sometimes called American Chop Suey).  It's just too easy to make your own.

To make supper come together even faster, I prepare Freezer Meal packets of ground beef ahead, that already have diced tomatoes and onions in it.  I freeze in quart bags, about 2 cups each.

You might want to try my frugal recipe for Ham and Spaghetti Casserole, using a Ham Steak or leftover ham.

Easy cleanup with Handmade Kitchen Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet !

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

I like to make a big batch in my skillet that was part of my Cuisinart Pots and Pans Set and then freeze some in my Food Saver Vaccum sealer for when I'm short on time.

American Goulash Casserole

1 lb ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Oregano, to taste

28 ounces diced tomatoes

15 ounces tomato sauce

1 lb elbow macaroni or 1 lb medium pasta shells

1 cup cheddar cheese or 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Brown ground beef, onion and pepper in a large skillet 
Season with garlic salt and pepper.

Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Simmer 10 minutes while macaroni is cooking.

Boil macaroni al dente, drain, reserving some of the pasta water. Then rinse.

Return macaroni to pot, add beef mixture along with the reserved pasta water.

Serve in dinner bowls with shredded cheese.

Goulash is even better left over and reheated (add a little tomato juice when reheating, if too dry).

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