Mom’s Goulash

Hard to believe, given how much I talk about food on this blog, but I was a picky eater as a kid. I didn’t always appreciate all the fresh veggies and good country cooking that was served up at our house growing up. But there were a few meals I really enjoyed and my Mom’s Goulash was at the top of the list.
I always looked forward to her making goulash. I’m pretty sure I always got seconds. And she always, always made brown & serve rolls to go with it. Goulash and brown & serve rolls equal instant childhood memories for me.
When I was pregnant with Baby Girl, my mom emailed me directions to make her goulash but it was one of those recipes that wasn’t really a recipe. Add a little of this, then some of that. You know those are the best kind but hard to get right when you want to make it yourself. I remember trying to make it then but it just wasn’t exactly right.
Recently I decided to give it another go. I’m a little better cook then I used to be and was determined to figure out the measurements well enough to recreate this consistently and pass it down to my kids. 
I tweaked it just a little by adding olive oil to the pan before browning the meat and substituting ground turkey for ground beef but it didn’t alter the flavor at all. 
It turned out exactly as I remembered it and my kids loved it, even my very own picky eater. And you better believe I made brown & serve rolls to go with it.

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And so you and your picky eaters can enjoy it too, here’s the recipe. 

Mom’s Goulash


1 T. olive oil
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1 tsp. sugar
3 oz. tomato paste
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
3/4 c. water
8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
salt & pepper to taste
  • Cook elbow macaroni  al dente according to directions on package.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet or Dutch Oven over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef/turkey, brown & crumble.
  • Add onion & bell pepper and cook until onion begins to soften.
  • Add sugar, tomato paste, tomato sauce, ketchup, cooked macaroni, water, salt & pepper.
  • Stir and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Serves 4-6.

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This post linked to:
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
I’m Lovin’ It at TidyMom

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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.