Beef, Pasta

Ultimate Comfort with Homemade Goulash

Today, we’re diving into the world of comfort food with a classic dish that’s sure to become a family favorite: Homemade Goulash. Picture tender ground beef, aromatic herbs, and a rich tomato sauce, all simmered to perfection. Trust me, this dish is the ultimate comfort on a plate, and I can’t wait to share it with you. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

There’s something truly special about homemade comfort food, and Goulash hits all the right notes. Not only is it incredibly satisfying and flavorful, but it’s also a breeze to whip up. With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can create a hearty meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re craving a cozy weeknight dinner or hosting a casual gathering with friends, Goulash is guaranteed to please. Plus, it’s versatile enough to customize with your favorite ingredients and spices. So why settle for takeout when you can treat yourself to a homemade masterpiece?

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large shallot or small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 dashes Worcestershire sauce (about 1/2 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1⁄2 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb. elbow noodles

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, shallot or onion, and garlic. Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef. Season with Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned.
  2. Add the remaining teaspoon of seasoned salt, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium/medium-low and let it gently simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the elbow noodles and continue to simmer, stirring often, until the noodles are tender, about 12-14 minutes. Towards the end, lower the heat slightly to maintain a gentle simmer.
  4. Remove the bay leaf, taste, and adjust seasoning with additional seasoned salt and/or pepper if desired. Serve hot and enjoy the comforting flavors of homemade Goulash!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra depth of flavor, brown the ground beef well before adding other ingredients.
  • Don’t have elbow noodles on hand? Feel free to use any pasta shape you prefer.
  • Want to amp up the heat? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeno to the mix.
  • Goulash tastes even better the next day, so don’t hesitate to make a big batch and enjoy leftovers for days.

Variations:

  1. Swap ground beef for ground turkey or chicken for a lighter option.
  2. Add diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or carrots for extra veggies and flavor.
  3. Stir in a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt for added creaminess.
  4. Experiment with different herbs and spices such as smoked paprika, oregano, or thyme.
  5. Make it vegetarian by omitting the meat and doubling up on beans or lentils.
  6. Use crushed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes for a smoother sauce.
  7. Try adding a splash of red wine for richness and depth of flavor.
  8. Make it gluten-free by using gluten-free noodles or rice instead of elbow noodles.
  9. Top each serving with shredded cheese for a gooey, cheesy finish.
  10. Serve with a side of crusty bread or garlic toast for dipping.

Other Dinner Recipes:

What to Serve it With:

  1. Garlic bread or dinner rolls for soaking up the sauce.
  2. Steamed green beans or roasted broccoli for a pop of color and freshness.
  3. Simple side salad with mixed greens and your favorite dressing.
  4. Creamy mashed potatoes for a classic comfort food pairing.
  5. Buttered egg noodles for a simple and satisfying accompaniment.
  6. Roasted root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and parsnips for a hearty side dish.
  7. Crusty baguette slices with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.
  8. Cornbread muffins or corn on the cob for a Southern-inspired twist.
  9. Coleslaw or potato salad for a cool and refreshing contrast.
  10. Fresh fruit salad with seasonal fruits for a light and refreshing option.

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Goulash

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, shallot or onion, and garlic. Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef. Season with Worcestershire sauce, a dash of homemade seasoned salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned.

  2. Add the remaining teaspoon of seasoned salt, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium/medium-low and let it gently simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the elbow noodles and continue to simmer, stirring often, until the noodles are tender, about 12-14 minutes. Towards the end, lower the heat slightly to maintain a gentle simmer.

  4. Remove the bay leaf, taste, and adjust seasoning with additional seasoned salt and/or pepper if desired. Serve hot.

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