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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Grandma's Goulash by Katie

This is a combination between my mother-in-law's recipe and my mom's (and neither one really follow a recipe). So, I hope you all enjoy this Pokopac original!
Sorry for the late post ladies!

1 lb. ground beef, browned (and seasoned to your liking)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
(sugar, tomato paste, and vegetable juice used in various amounts to attain desired sauce consistency)
cooked macaroni noodles

Brown ground beef and season to your liking. (I added a bit of garlic powder, salt, and Italian seasoning.) Add sugar, tomato paste, vegetable juice, diced tomatoes, and jar of spaghetti sauce to ground beef. Mix together. *(This is where I stopped and prepared to freeze.) Cook box of pasta, drain, and add to mixture. Heat through and enjoy!

*I prepare ground beef mixture and put it in a freezer bag, squeeze out the air, seal, and freeze flat. Cooked pasta can be added on serving day.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and combine with sauce. Reheat on stove top. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


  1. This was very good. I have to admit I was a little skeptical because goulash just sounds a little yucky. Our family enjoyed this a lot.

  2. Everyone ate this without a fuss which is always a plus! Thanks!

  3. Can you give us an idea about how much of the sugar, tomato paste, vegetable juice you used? I would have no idea how much to use if I make this myself. I'm not a very good "wing-it" cook. Thanks!

  4. We enjoyed this meal quite a lot.
    The girls ate it without a fuss. Thanks for a nice meal!

  5. This was great. I liked that you had me cook the noodles separate from the meat mixture. That way we didn't have mushy noodles and it was very easy to heat up. We of course had leftovers and tasted great the second time around!

  6. We all liked this meal and my kids asked for seconds. Easy meal night is always nice. Thanks!

  7. There has got to be a better name for this - because "goulash" doesn't do it justice! It smelled delicious while it was cooking - easy to assemble, and the kids even ate 2nds!

    We'll have leftovers for tomorrow (YUM!) - THX so much for a great meal, Katie!!

  8. I don't know how to answer the question about how much sugar, tomato paste, and vegetable juice I used. Sorry. I made the meat sauce in a huge batch (60 servings). I can tell you that it was not as sweet as my mother-in-law makes it and not as thick and saucy as my mom's.
    It really depends on how you like it as to how much of those things you add.
    Sorry. I'll make a single batch soon and let you know "my" measurements.