Friday, August 28, 2015

Grandma's Goulash

I think we all can agree grandmas and even moms were always good at creating delicious,  comforting meals out of very few ingredients growing up. I definitely recall mom preparing goulash but it was grandma who made it the most.

Grandma was always an awesome cook. My brothers and I were lucky enough to have her as our babysitter while mom and dad worked.  We had the best summers hanging out at her house. And she made the best homemade pizza and apple bars!

She's still with us, but then again it's still not the same. Alzheimer's has taken this awful place in her body and slowly taking her away from us. I cherish every moment we have, but I definitely miss our conversations...and her cooking, of course.

At the same time, it's easy to put a pot of goulash on the stove and easily be taken back to some of my favorite childhood memories.  Now my own family enjoys this simple Italian pasta dish. They don't care for the thick stewed tomatoes in the original version, so I make sure to use petite diced to hide them a bit, if you will. It's still just as good!

Grandma's Goulash

16 oz. elbow macaroni
1 lb ground beef
15 oz diced or stewed tomatoes
28 oz tomato sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder

In a stockpot cook pasta over stove according to package directions.

Meanwhile, brown ground beef over medium heat on stove until no longer pink. Drain and return back to skillet.

Once pasta is cooked through, drain water and return back to pan.  Add in all others ingredients,  including cook hamburger.  Adjust seasonings if needed. Let simmer on stove for about 10 minutes until warmed through. Serve immediately in bowls.

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