Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Sometimes at lunch time, I'll ask the King what he would like for supper and his typical response is "I don't care, whatever you want to fix".  Occasionally he will surprise me and make suggestions.  But this time he really surprised me.

He said, out of the blue, before I was even thinking about supper, "You may think this is coming out of left field (and I did) but you know what sounds good for supper?"

Me, "No what?"

King:   "Some good old fashioned Goulash".

Me:  "WHAT!  Goulash, I've NEVER fixed you Goulash".

King:  "I know, and I haven't had it since mom fixed it when I was a kid but I think it sounds good."

Now, not only had I not ever fixed him Goulash but I don't think I've ever fixed Goulash.  Period.  Ever.  Well, not homemade Goulash.  I've fixed Hamburger Helper, which is kinda like Goulash isn't it?  And to add another twist to the whole irony of things, The King doesn't like Hamburger Helper of any kind; why would he like Goulash or even request it?  Well, I went to my friend Pinterest and after reading a couple of recipes and putting a little of this from one and a little of this from another, I made Goulash.  And I'll have to say it's pretty darn tasty!  And now I understand why he likes Goulash and not Hamburger Helper.  They taste nothing alike!

So here's my recipe.  It's pretty quick and easy!


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped (no I didn't use this as the King hates onions but I would have if he would let me)
1 1/2 cups water
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 qt canned diced tomatoes
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp season salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

Brown ground beef in large dutch oven, drain excess fat.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Cook about 20-25 minutes or until macaroni is tender to eat.    It makes quite a bit.  The dutch oven was about half way full.  (Now how do you like that for exact serving amounts!)

Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese or grated cheddar cheese.  (One evening I served it with Parmesan cheese and one evening I served it with grated cheddar cheese.)

And remember those carrot cake cupcakes I had my tastebuds set on.  Well I made them too and they turned out super delicious!

You can get the recipe here at Half Baked Blog.  I followed her recipe except one thing.  I added 1 cup of coconut.  YYUUUUMMMMMYYY!!!



  1. My goulash recipe is similar but I also add corn, and sometimes diced carrots or roasted red peppers. Those cupcakes look yummy!

  2. My Mom made this when I was a kid and I've been making goulash for years. Any time my kids (and grandkids) come to visit they always ask for goulash. And I always make enough for them to take-home some extra. One grandson would have 3 or 4 servings at dinner, and then sometime during the night have some more.


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