Goulash is a classic comfort food that combines savory beef, zesty tomato sauce, and hearty macaroni noodles. This one-pot recipe is affordable, easy to make, and can feed a large group of hungry people. It’s the perfect dish to feed a big family, or your next dinner party!
How to Make Paula Deen’s Goulash
Here’s how to make a scrumptious and heavenly goulash from the kitchen of Paula Deen:
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 large yellow onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups water
Two 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
Two 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 cup salt
1/4 cup pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
1. In a Dutch oven, saute ground beef over medium-high heat until it browns. Break up the meat as you cook it. Drain any excess grease.
2. Add garlic and onions to the pot and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
3. Pour 3 cups of water into the pot. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, Italian Seasoning, House seasoning, seasoned salt, and soy sauce. Mix well.
4. Cover the pot with the lid and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Add the elbow macaroni and mix well. Cover the pot once again with the lid and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and take out the bay leaves. Let the goulash cool for 30 minutes, then serve. Best eaten with a side of garlic bread and salad.
To make the House seasoning, combine 1 cup of salt, ¼ cup of garlic powder, and ¼ cup of pepper. Keep in an air-tight container and store for up to 6 months. Best used as to season meat and vegetables.
How To Thicken Goulash
One of the things we love the most about goulash is how thick its sauce is. The secret? Don’t add the macaroni noodles at the beginning – allow the meat sauce to come to a boil before throwing them into the pot.
Another trick is to use all-purpose flour to form a roux. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour as you cook the onions. But try to stay under 2 tablespoons or the goulash will become too thick.
If you want a soupier goulash, just add the macaroni noodles right away.
Tips & Tricks For the Best Goulash
- Apart from the main ingredients, feel free to add your choice of veggies to make your goulash even more fantastic. Corn, beans, carrots, peas, zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms all make wonderful additions.
- If you add veggies, do so in the latter part of cooking so you don’t end up with mushy and overcooked vegetables. Timing is key! For hearty veggies, such as potatoes and carrots, add them halfway through cooking. For more delicate veggies, such as peas, add them in the last few minutes of cooking.
- You can substitute ground beef with your choice of ground meats. Turkey is a wonderful option, especially for the weight-watchers out there.
- If the beef is sticking to the pan, simply add some olive oil.
- Meat and tomato sauce always tastes better with cheese, right? So load your goulash with tons of cheddar cheese to make it even more irresistibly good.
- Planning to freeze your goulash? Make everything as you normally would, but skip the pasta. Pasta turns mushy when reheated, so cook it separately from the soup and add it in once you’re about to serve.
- Want to give this American classic an Asian flair? Instead of macaroni noodles, use egg noodles for a new texture and flavor.
- Instead of water, use beef broth to give the macaroni extra flavor and get better-tasting pasta.
- For a creamier goulash, add a cup of sour cream into the mix.
- Make the meat even more flavorful by seasoning it with paprika. You could also deglaze it in some red wine.
- Here’s a good tip for all stews in general: use a mirepoix (onion, carrot, celery) for the base of your soup. The ingredients are basic but the flavors are phenomenal.
- Sometimes, you can’t help but overcook pasta, especially when making one-pot dishes. To avoid overcooking the macaroni noodles, consider cooking them in a separate pot.
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