Recently my best friend Aimee and I began working out together 2-3 times per week. Whether we’re on the elliptical or stretching before Pilates class, we have found ourselves with TONS of time to talk, and there’s never a quiet moment! A couple weeks back we were talking about what we had for dinner the night before, and Aimee said that she had made “goulash.”
I asked her, “Isn’t that the ground beef and veggies with noodles, in a spicy sauce?”
“Yup,” she replied.
I’m not sure what it was about “ground beef and veggies with noodles in a spicy sauce” that stuck in my head, but it gave me a craving that wouldn’t go away. It sounded like a comfort food, something I could let simmer all day and eat in PJs in front of the TV. With the option to substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef, and the fact that there really wasn’t much fat in any of the ingredients, it was a winner.
I served this with super-crunchy, toasted Italian bread. Enjoy!
Spicy Goulash – adapted from Classic Goulash on Allrecipes.com
1 lb ground turkey, chicken or beef
1 TBS olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 C water
30 oz tomato sauce
30 oz diced tomatoes with peppers or chiles
2 TBS soy sauce
2 TBS worcestershire sauce
2 TBS dried italian seasoning
2-3 bay leaves
salt, pepper to taste
1.5 C uncooked elbow macaroni
In large stockpot, brown meat. Add oil, onion and pepper. Saute until onion and pepper are tender, about 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds. Add all ingredients through bay leaves (don’t add noodles yet!) At this point you can simmer on low heat anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours. With 20 or so minutes remaining, add dry noodles and increase heat to medium-high. You want to reach a low boil so that the noodles can cook. Noodles should be tender within 15-20 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.