And I’m afraid I have another dish for you that’s not pretty to photograph and might derail your diet if you eat it in large portions.
On the upside? Everyone in my family cleans their plates when I make this. It’s inexpensive and most of the ingredients are in my pantry. It warms you up in cold weather. And the hands-on time for cooking it is very short, too.
Plus, it’s fun to say goulash. :) It sounds oddly exotic in my neck of the woods.
So, here 'tis. You could do this a lot of different ways (I’ve seen it with potatoes, green pepper, and green beans added, too), but this is the basic model:
Quick and Easy Goulash
1 c. cooked elbow macaroni
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 cup whole kernel corn
1/2 cup crumbled bacon (optional)
Parmesan or cheddar for topping (I sprinkle it very sparsely, but you could add more)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the ground beef with the onion and the bacon, if desired. Drain. Add the soup and corn and heat through. Put the cooked macaroni in the bottom of your casserole dish and top with the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan or cheddar on the top. Place in oven 30 minutes or until heated through.
The bacon is sort of the Southernizing of the Hungarian recipe. :) In fact…can I still call it goulash, when it’s got bacon and no peppers in it? I hope so, because I sure would miss saying the name of the recipe. :) Bacon isn’t necessary, but does add a nice taste to it. (Of course, I would say that…)
Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig