So, this recipe is fairly straight forward and simple to prepare. The secret to making this dish is to serve it the day after it’s made. I know there are lots of dishes that are better served this way, but with American Goulash, you can’t believe just how much better this makes it. I’m talking HUGE difference!!!! If you don’t have time to wait, the Goulash will still be good, just not quite as ahh-mazing!!!!
American Goulash is truly an American classic and goes by many names in every region of this country It’s known as American Chop Suey, Traveling Man’s Hash, Beef and Mac, Slum Gumption, and Kentucky Burgoo. Some people add a can of corn, celery, green bell pepper , a different type of cheese, or even, no cheese at all. Hhhmmmm…..
For my family, the following recipe is almost sacred. If I added corn, bell pepper or frankly, anything other than whats listed below, my family would absolutely FREAK!!! So, I obviously, respect my grandma’s wisdom and recipe with grace, and never, I mean ever, stray from the recipe she so lovingly made and handed down! Thanks Grammy:)
If you’re looking for a pasta recipe or beef recipe this is it! Or, if you’re like me, and buy your ground beef at Costco, you need lots of good hamburger recipes! This Goulash just may become your go-to recipe. You can always substitute the beef with ground turkey if you want to add to your healthy dinners repertoire.
- 2 Pounds - Ground Beef, 80/20
- 1 - Large Yellow Onion
- 4 - Large Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 3 Cups - Water
- 2 (15 Ounce) - Canned Tomato Sauce
- 2 (14.5 Ounce) - Canned Diced Tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons - Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons - Dried Oregano
- 2 Teaspoons - Dried Basil
- 2 - Dried Bay Leaves
- 1 Tablespoon - Seasoned Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon - Black Pepper
- 2 Cups - Elbow Macaroni, Uncooked
- In a large Dutch oven, cook the meat over medium heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks into small pieces. Cook until the meat is cooked through and there's no longer any pink. Stir in the onions and garlic. Cook and stir the mixture until the onions are translucent.
- Stir in water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, oregano, basil, bay leaves, seasoned salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer over low heat until the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves, and refrigerate, if possible, overnight. If you must, you could serve. :)