Monday, December 5, 2011

Menu Monday: Dad's Goulash

This here is going to be an interesting recipe post.  There will be very few actual measurements.  This recipe is a throw-it-together and taste-along-the-way sorta recipe.  Every time I make it, it turns out slightly different, but is always good.  It makes a ton, so invite friends over or plan on eating leftovers (they heat up very well).  So, without further ado, I give you:

Dad's Goulash

1 pound ground chuck
one onion, cut in large chunks
one green pepper, cut in large chunks
2 large cans stewed tomatoes
8 oz sliced mushrooms
brown sugar
Worcestershire sauce
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups dried macaroni noodles

Step 1: assemble your ingredients
Step 2: saute hamburger, onions and green peppers until onion is translucent.  You probably won't need to drain the meat, but if you used higher fat beef and there is fat in the pan, drain it.
Step 3:  Add the rest of the ingredients except the noodles.  Squirt in enough ketchup (1/2 cup or so) and Worcestershire sauce (1/4 cup?) to add some more liquid.  Add brown sugar to taste (a TBSP to start?), depending on how sweet you want it.  Stir and then add the noodles.  Add more ketchup and sauce if it needs it.
Step 4: reduce heat a little and simmer until the noodles are cooked and the liquid is absorbed.  While it's cooking, taste it.  Add more Worcestershire or brown sugar if it needs it. 
Serve with some crusty bread and a salad, or just by itself. 

This is definitely one of our favorite skillet meals.  Do you have a favorite one-dish meal?  

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