Sometimes when I know I’m going to have a busy day, I will throw all these ingredients in the crock pot. It allows the sauce to really soak into the noodles. It’s just like eating a leftover goulash, and that’s always better the second day! Not only is this hearty goulash filling, it’s also one of my favorite comfort foods. There’s just something that makes you feel good about eating a dish that your most favorite person in the world was famous for years ago.
Check out what they are saying about this recipe over at Recipe Lion:
“This recipe for Grandma’s Goulash is a delicious old fashioned recipe that cooks entirely in one pan, so you cut down on dishes!”
I don’t think I could ever get tired of this dish!
2 onions, chopped
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar Ragu tomato based pasta sauce (approx. 26 oz.)
2 (14.5 oz) Hunt’s cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (6 oz) Hunt’s tomato paste
1 tablespoon McCormick’s Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
3 cups water
1 green bell pepper (optional)
salt & black pepper to taste
2 cups Bertolli macaroni noodles, uncooked
1 cup Kraft cheddar cheese
Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, seasonings and green pepper. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.
Add in the in the macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).
Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit about 5 minutes or until melted.
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Quick Tip: For a thicker sauce, let it boil down a bit before adding macaroni.
Thanks again to Recipe Lion for this classically simple recipe.