Thanks Grandma! This recipe for Hungarian Goulash is a go-to recipe anytime of the year in our household.
Grandma however was Irish. So how did Grandma from Ireland have a Hungarian recipe in her repertoire? Two words: The Depression. Grandma and her husband were Irish immigrants raising five children and with seven mouths to feed and needed frugal and affordable meals. She passed this recipe along and Grandma’s Hungarian Goulash is a staple on our menu.
Spaghetti Instead Of Macaroni?
You will notice spaghetti is used in this recipe. I admit until a few weeks ago I thought Hungarian Goulash was made with spaghetti – imagine my surprise when I searched hungarian goulash on Pinterest and was presented with a huge selection of images but all with macaroni! Really! Obviously you can easily substitute macaroni for the spaghetti and add paprika or spices or garlic to suit your taste. Grandma wasn’t big on using spices so spice up this version of the classic recipe as desired.
INGREDIENTS Hungarian Goulash
Serves 4. Make to serve time 45 minutes.
One pound of ground round or ground sirloin
1/2 cup diced onions
1 14 ounce can of dark kidney beans
1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
Spaghetti for 4 servings
Salt & pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese optional
- Boil enough spaghetti for four servings.
- Reserve one cup of water from spaghetti to use later.
- While boiling the spaghetti, brown the ground beef with the onions.
- Once the ground beef is browned, drain the fat from the ground beef and onion mixture. This is optional.
- Drain the can of dark kidney beans and then add to ground beef and onion mixture.
- Add entire can of diced tomatoes to the pan.
- Add spaghetti to mixture.
- Bring the Hungarian Goulash to a boil then lower heat to simmer.
- Simmer Hungarian Goulash for a minimum of 20 minutes. If the goulash needs additional liquid use the reserved water from boiling the spaghetti and continue to simmer.
- Plate and sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired.
Serve with a salad and freshly baked bread or rolls. Grandma’s Hungarian Goulash freezes well and of course tastes even better the next day!
Break the spaghetti into halves before cooking to easily enjoy this recipe.
One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is the pasta measuring gadget I purchased years ago because for some reason I am pasta measuring challenged. I used to just guess and always ended up with too much pasta for the recipe or not enough. Enter the pasta measure gadget and problem solved!
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