Emaw's Goulash

"As some of you know I have been attempting to record my mother's recipes for all eternity. This has been one of my all time comfort meals all my life. Some of the ingredients would change depending on how much $$ we had at the time. Feel free to add any seasoning you might like."
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  • Prepare elbow macaroni according to directions on package till al dente.
  • Save a little of the pasta water in case you need it later to loosen the sauce.
  • Brown meat in a large skillet, drain the fat and add the onion and bell pepper half way through cooking.
  • Drain any ramaining fat when onion and pepper is done and add garlic, stir it about.
  • Add the meat mixture to the cooked macaroni, add the canned tomatoes, corn and sauce.
  • Mix all this together and add seasoning to taste.
  • You may need to add some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce if it is too dry.
  • This is really good the next day too.

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  1. Delish! We call this "noodle mix" in our house. The only changes I make: Rather than use a separate pot to cook the noodles, I just add them with all the tomato stuff, and then add 3 cups of water. The noodles cook through, there is less to clean, and everyone is happy. In addition, since my family likes sweet and sour foods, I sometimes add some sugar, or today I used a few tbl of pure maple syrup, and it was delicious. Thanks for putting it up for everyone.
  2. very tastey, added some chili powder because it was missing the kick im used to in goulash, i never thought of adding corn tho, nice touch *edited to add* i made this up tonight useing some del monte diced tomatoes - two diffrent flavors onion garlic and parsley (or basil i forget) and mild green pepper - i finally got it as spicy as im used to - i also add LOTS of chili powder and papricka
  3. This was good...followed the recipe as written except used fusilli and no green pepper (didn't have one). I added some basil and next time will probably enhance it with more spices.
  4. This was a hearty, warm, weeknight meal that fills up bellies and leaves you feeling comforted. It is very lightly seasoned if you follow the recipe so kick it up a notch with more seasonings like italian seasoning or go the spicy route and do chili powder. Whatever you prefer. I think it definitely needs additional seasonings but it has nice texture and flavors. The corn makes it unique to other goulash recipes I have tried. I had no problem with the sauce. It was a stick to the noodles kind of sauce and I am ok with that. Thanks riffraff. Enjoy! ChefDLH
  5. This was a great dinner for us this evening! I used basil, garlic, and oregano flavored tomatoes and mini piccolini instead of macaroni. I will be adding this to the cookbook :)


  1. I added Italian seasoning and 1 tsp of deli mustard
  2. This was good!! I had to use stewed tomatoes instead of plain since that was what I had on hand, as well as 8 oz of tomato sauce and 1 can of paste... Turned out wonderfully despite the substitutions! I will be making this again! Thanks so much!
  3. This is good stuff, and I use it as a base recipe. I usually make the following changes: replace the beef with grounded vegetarian seitan log, (Recipe #275998), increase the garlic to 1 head, add red pepper flakes, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and bbq sauce. Sometimes I cut the tomato sauce in half or leave it out completely. This is cheap, makes lots, and tastes great - even better the next day. Thank you for this recipe.
  4. Very Good Recipe! I didn't realize I was out of tomoato sauce so I used the same amount of spaghetti sauce instead. We also omitted the corn and served it on the side. Thanks for sharing! :)


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