MOM’S GOULASH RECIPE – I just knew it had noodles, ground beef, and tomatoes stuff going on in it, according to my Mom’s memories of what her mother made. But she never made it, so I just came up with my own way of making it which was sort of like the same way I made spaghetti with meat sauce, but just with macaroni noodles instead.
I finally had real goulash at my in-law’s house. I’ve always wanted to cook his favorite meals that he grew up eating, and goulash topped that list. His Mom’s goulash is, really, perfect! After enjoying it on Easter, I asked her exactly what she put in it, so I could recreate it at home. I’ve never turned out better goulash, and Den’s favorite is now one of my absolute favorites as well. We could eat this almost every week!
MOM’S GOULASH INGREDIENTS NEEDED:
— 1/2 lb macaroni.
— 1 1/2 lbs ground beef.
— 1 large onion, diced.
— garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, & hot sauce to taste.
— 2 (14.5 oz (ca. 548 g)) cans whole stewed tomatoes, undrained.
— 2 tablespoons ketchup.
— Tomato juice as needed.
MOM’S GOULASH INSTRUCTIONS RECIPE:
Cook the macaroni to al dente according to package directions. While it’s cooking, brown the ground beef and onion together in an extra-large skillet or in a Dutch oven. Drain and season with spices to taste. In a large bowl, mash tomatoes with potato masher and add to beef along with the ketchup. Drain macaroni and add to the beef mixture, stirring well. Taste and add additional seasoning as needed. I didn’t need to add any tomato juice to mine, but if you like yours very juicy, you can add as much tomato juice as you like. Phyllis adds it to her leftovers, which I would also recommend, because the noodles tend to soak up all the juice with time.