Simple Goulash

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Since this ends up on my meal plan quite often, I decided to share my Simple Goulash recipe :) It’s very quick, simple, and frugal–a combination I LOVE for those busy nights.

It’s also comfort food for me.

I’ve seen lots of goulash recipes that are fancier, with all sorts of peppers, onions, and spices…but that’s not for me.  I love a good pasta dish with all that stuff, but when it comes to goulash, I’m a purist.  Or, maybe this is just the “hillbilly” version.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that I grew up on this stuff, and it’s major comfort food for me, even in its simplicity.

What you need:

2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 lb. ground beef
15 oz. can tomato sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. Cook and drain macaroni.  Meanwhile, brown hamburger in skillet*
  2. Combine macaroni, ground beef, and tomato sauce in pan.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

That’s it.  You’re done.

*Note:  If you’re like me, and use a lot of ground hamburger, you can make your life a lot simpler if you buy and cook it in bulk.  Buy in family packs, brown in a skillet all at once.  Allow it to cool, then freeze in quart sized freezer bags.  When you need ground beef, just thaw out the amount needed for your recipe.  I can’t tell you how much of a convenience this is, and your hamburger still tastes fine.

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