grandma’s minnesota goulash

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This is one of those old standby recipes that I make when I’m craving something that reminds me of home. It’s so simple to prepare, delicious, frugal, and it really hits the spot!

PS…Before I start getting emails… This “goulash” is a Minnesota staple food, and has nothing to do with authentic Hungarian goulash, which I also love.

serves approximately 8 people

2 lb. lean ground beef

2 large yellow onions, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green pepper OR celery (optional)

2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups low sodium beef stock/broth

2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce

2 (14 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes OR stewed tomatoes (including juice)

3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 Tablespoons dry oregano

3 bay leaves

seasoned salt, to taste

freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

2 cups shredded cheddar OR mozzarella cheese (optional)

fresh or powdered Parmesan cheese, to taste (optional)

Cook ground beef over medium-high heat in a large heavy pot until mostly browned (approximately 8 minutes.) Break up meat into small chunks. Drain excess fat if needed. Stir in onions and garlic (and peppers/celery, if using). Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 more minutes. Stir in stock, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Worcestershire, oregano, bay leaves, seasoned salt, and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to gentle simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once 20 minutes is up, stir in macaroni. Cover and simmer on very low for approximately 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until pasta is tender/al dente. Discard bay leaves. Stir in cheeses, if using. Serve.



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  4 comments for “grandma’s minnesota goulash

  1. Mary
    March 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

    My mom always made this, but added kidney beans. We and our kids still do! We’re from Michigan.

    • Melissa
      March 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Ooh! I bet that’s good! Sort of like sweet, vinegary 5 bean salad. YUM! 🙂

    • Mandi
      January 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      My Minnesotan grandmother always added kidney beans too! Delicious 🙂

      • Melissa
        January 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

        Yum! 🙂

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