I heard good news from my doctor today. The MRI results came back and I have nothing serious going on with my back (YEAH!). With a little hard work, exercise, and some help from the physical therapist and the chiropractor, I should be back to normal in no time. Thankfully, the last few days have been good days with more movement and much less pain.
Unfortunately, my daughter now has the flu and the rest of us aren’t feeling well either – UGH! Since my family is under the weather, I decided to post some good old comfort food. I’ll be back in the kitchen soon…
Originally Posted on January 25, 2010
My mom used to make goulash for us when we were kids and it was one of my favorite meals. I haven’t had it for years and I have been craving it lately. My mom would make her goulash with tomato sauce, ground beef, canned mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and elbow macaroni. I decided to make an Italian goulash using leftover homemade marinara, fresh mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, fresh basil, garlic, and elbow macaroni. If you don’t have time to make the marinara you could always use a jar of your favorite store-bought marinara. My whole family really loved this goulash. Thanks for the inspiration Mom.
How to Make Italian Goulash
Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms then cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef, bell pepper, chopped garlic then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper; cook for 4-5 minutes making sure to crumble the ground beef as it cooks. Drain any excess grease from the pan then add the marinara sauce, stir until mixed thoroughly. Simmer the sauce for 1-2 hours so flavors combine.
Cook the elbow macaroni per instructions (make sure to season the water with salt) then drain completely. Combine the macaroni with the sauce, add the fresh basil and mix well. Simmer for 15 minutes so the sauce has time to flavor the noodles. Top with Asiago cheese if desired and serve. Enjoy.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb of lean ground beef 94/6
- 1 small sweet yellow onion diced
- 3-4 baby bell peppers diced (I used red & orange)
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms sliced
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- 3 cups of Roasted Tomato Onion & Garlic Marinara
- 12 oz elbow macaroni cooked per instructions
- Fresh basil chiffonade
- Asiago grated
- Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms then cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the ground beef, bell pepper, chopped garlic then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper; cook for 4-5 minutes making sure to crumble the ground beef as it cooks.
- Drain any excess grease from the pan then add the marinara sauce, stir until mixed thoroughly. Simmer the sauce for 1-2 hours so flavors combine.
- Cook the elbow macaroni per instructions (make sure to season the water with salt) then drain completely. Combine the macaroni with the sauce, add the fresh basil and mix well.
- Simmer for 15 minutes so the sauce has time to flavor the noodles. Top with Asiago cheese if desired and serve. Enjoy.
What a bowl of comfort! Easy and delish! So glad you got good news from the doc!Sending healing mojo your way, Pam!
Looks delicious! Glad to hear it’s nothing serious with your back. Hope your daughter feels better soon.
hmmm, it’s sounds really delicious and easy to make! and besides, i love pasta dishes! So glad to hear about the result of your MRI. I hope that your daughter gets well soon 🙂 Take care =_
My Mom made this goulash when I was a kid also. I still make it and my husband likes it with jalapeno cornbread. Yum
So glad about the good news! YAY! Oh and so sorry about the flu too. Apparently that’s going around.
As for the goulash – I made it last year and Jason and I LOOOOOVED IT! We devoured every last bite of it.
I think I need to make it again.
First off Pam…Hooray for no big problems going on with the back!!!! Wishing you a quick healing and recovery!!!
My Mom used to make something similar and she called it chili mac. This looks mouth watering good!!
I’m glad to hear your MRI results were good, Pam!!! Hopefully you’ll escape the flu, though… Very comforting dish, full of great flavor! XOXO
I’m so glad you don’t have anything too serious going on with your back. I’m sorry to hear that your daughter has the flu and the rest of the family may be coming down with it, too! I hope everyone feels better soon! 🙂
YAY! I am so glad to hear there is nothing serious going on with your back! You still have a tough road ahead, but that sure does take a load off!!
By the way… this is one of our favorite dishes. I make it often…. it’s fantastic!!
Hi Pam, we like that goulash too. I’ve made your recipe before! I’m glad the MRI results were positive though. This really stinks how long the recovery is taking and adding the flu on top of it is just lousy. Hoping that you feel better very very soon.
This sounds very tastey.
Mmmmmm……this brings back memories of my mom’s goulash. This has a wonderful combination of flavors!
Well thank goodness you got good news, but the flu is terrible this year! I hope you all recover soon but if you got what we have out here you might be coughing for a while 🙁
so relieved to hear about your back, that kind of stuff is stressful! i grew up with goulash too, i love it! must make this soon.
My mom did not often allow me in the kitchen but a dish similar to this was something I loved to cook.
This takes me back to my childhood. Can’t wait to make it!
so glad to hear this Pam.
physical therapy helps a lot, make sure to ask them all kinds of questions and things you can do as upkeep when the therapy runs out.
I’m glad you got good news regarding your back!
My husband & kid would love this meal!
Love goulash! A perfect comfort dish! That’s great with your good news!
Aww, hope you all start feeling better! So much going around this season!!
This looks so comforting. My SIL introduced me to goulash years ago, I’ve made it very similar to this, love it’s Italian twist and the mushrooms for sure!
I am happy to hear about your back, but sorry to hear that your daughter is sick. Italian goulash sounds so yummy.
That’s such great news!!! I’m so happy for you! Though I hope the whole family feels better soon!
That’s great news, Pam. Take good care of you!
A little black cloud called and said, “Tell Pam to quit walking under me!”
WOW, this is so good!! Thanks!
I finally have the answer to what people call our family favourite. But ours also contains green beans and crushed pineapple. My grandmother made this twice a week whilst we were growing up. A total favourite in our house.
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