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Budget-Friendly Goulash

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Inexpensive meals do not have to taste cheap! My mother made this all of the time when we were growing up. It’s easy to make, budget-friendly, and so flavorful! It feeds a crowd for just a few dollars.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt (or 1/2 Teaspoon Table Salt)
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes (14.5 Oz), Zesty-style Works Great
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt (or 1/4 Teaspoon Table Salt), Or To Taste
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Macaroni Or Your Favorite Pasta Shape
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley

Preparation

Fill a pot with some water for the pasta; cover, and set over high heat. Start heating 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the ground beef, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; cook until fully browned. Drain.

While still over medium heat, add the bell pepper, chili powder, paprika, and tomato paste to the ground beef and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, then stir to combine. Cover and bring to a gentle simmer.

When the meat mixture has come to a full simmer, add a good amount of salt to the boiling water. Add the pasta, then stir to combine. Cook the pasta for two minutes less than the shortest cooking time listed on the box. You want it undercooked. While the pasta is cooking, stir the meat mixture periodically.

Drain the pasta and immediately add it to the meat mixture, then stir to combine. Allow the pasta and meat mixture to simmer together for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the pasta is as done as you like it. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Add the parsley and stir to combine. If desired, serve with some cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese.

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I bought the ground beef, bell pepper, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes on sale. I used some farfalle that I had in my pantry, but you can use whatever pasta you like. I had some parsley left over from another dish so I threw it in to freshen the flavors. This entire dish cost less than US$6 to make, and it feeds a lot of people. If money is really tight, use less ground beef (or none at all) and throw in some drained black beans or some undrained chili beans. Don’t buy parsley just for this dish. The tomato paste adds great depth so buy it if you can afford it. Otherwise, you can leave it out.

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cookinginmars on 3.21.2011

Really enjoyed this! I omitted some of the paprika and chili powder because 1) I’m a big wimp and 2) I’m 9 months pregnant, but I will definitely try this again with full spice after the baby! I might add a little bit more of the diced tomato or tomato paste to add a little more sauce. I didn’t think it needed it, but my husband is a big fan of have more sauce than noodle/other stuff.

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lesley8844 on 3.13.2011

Loved this – has become a regular with us – definitely a keeper!

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sealionsarah on 12.3.2010

Yay for easy and affordable recipes! This dish was very good; my husband and I have been enjoying it all week:)

I tweaked it a little (it’s a habit) by adding a tsp of sugar to break down the acidity of the tomatoes (my Italian relatives have burned this ritual into my soul) and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (it’s a secret weapon and ingredient), and more tomato paste !

Thanks for this recipe! :)

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Cathy Bray on 11.1.2010

OMG I haven’t had Goulash in years!! I am soooo making it this week! Thank you!

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gardengal79 on 10.11.2010

Stinking wonderful! I made this with a full pound of mini wagon wheel pasta, added some shredded sharp cheese and parsley. Thanks a ton!

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sk1svsu on 12.12.2011

Cheap, simple, easy and yet FAR more sophisticated and delicious than the goulash I HATED growing up! Thanks for the great recipe!

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cookinginmars on 3.21.2011

This was a huge hit!

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champagnetaste on 11.24.2010

Oh my gosh! My mother made goulash all of the time when I was growing up. I made this for dinner last night and the family loved it and it brought back so many good memories. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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jlpcooks on 11.16.2010

Tasty, easy, cheap… all things I love in a recipe! This was a hit with my crew, and we will definitely be serving it regularly!

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Cathy Bray on 11.15.2010

My husband and daughter really liked it. I think next time i will add some hot spices. Thank you for the recipe! :)

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