My husband has so many stories about his grandma, he just loved her to pieces. Every now and then he'll ask me to try to make something that she used to make him, and then it's just a mission of mine to find a recipe that he gives his approval on.
This is just such a recipe.
It's funny because he only recently started talking about his grandmother's Goulash. I remember having it when I was young but ours had pea's and corn and other stuff in it that he didn't want. So, Pinterest to the rescue.
I was lucky with this one. It only took one recipe to find the one he says is most similar to his grandmothers. Luckily it also just happened to already be named "Grandma's Goulash". That sure helped the searching process.
I'm definitely a fan. This is a pretty classic version. I topped mine with a little sour cream and some shredded cheese and it was delicious. This recipe does make a lot, perfect if you've got a crowd to feed or if you want leftovers.
Recipe from Spend With Pennies
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups water
- 1 jar tomato based pasta sauce
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups uncooked elbow shaped pasta
- black pepper to taste
- In a large dutch oven or casserole pan, brown the ground beef, onions and garlic until the beef is no longer pink.
- Drain any fat. Add the water, pasta sauce, cans of tomatoes and bay leaves. Add pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Add the pasta and continue to simmer until the pasta is tender (about 20-25 minutes).
- Serve with some shredded cheese or sour cream on top.