Whatever you call it, it’s good, fast, easy, and flexible.
I saw this and then this plus a few recipes in various cookbooks, including Feed Your Family Fast, Healthy Meals on $10 a Day (only available used but a great book!). I was thinking something with noodles and ground beef. This must have been the inspiration for the original hamburger helper. I combined a few ideas and came up with this. I’m going to tell you what I did, then tell you a few other ideas I didn’t do this time.
Goulash or Slumgullion
- 1 Tbs oil
- 1 onions, diced
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
- 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
- 2 15-oz cans tomato sauce
- 1 15-oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup grated cheese
- Heat the oil in a deep skillet and start the onions and garlic cooking, stirring periodically.
- Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. Cook the pasta al dente then drain and set aside.
- When the garlic and onions are soft, about 5 minutes, add the ground beef and cook, stirring to break up the chunks. (Note: this would also be a great dish to use boiled ground beef in.) Cook until browned, then drain excess oil and fat.
- Add the tomato sauce, kidney beans, cream of mushroom soup, cooked pasta, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat through, stirring, then stir in the frozen peas, stir, and cover. Let the goulash simmer a few minutes to finish the pasta and heat the peas.
- Top with grated cheese, cover, and let the cheese melt. Serve.
Other variations I saw used mixed frozen vegetables instead of peas or no vegetables at all, tomato soup or stewed tomatoes plus juices or diced ;tomatoes plus juices or Rotel tomatoes instead of tomato sauce; cottage cheese instead of cream of mushroom soup or neither one of those; more dried herbs; taco seasonings; paprika, garlic salt, etc.
The two adults I served tonight thought this was great. My own girls picked at it (but one is not feeling well). My youngest had a friend over and she ate hers up readily enough. This poor girl was also here the night I experimented with Ground Turkey Picadillo. (But she asked for the recipe for that later so I guess she was willing to experiment tonight!)
So mixed reviews from the household but a good review from the cook. 😉