I'm not sure if there is any food more comforting than a plate of this hot and steamy goulash. It's ripe with good things: beef, pork sausage, potatoes and tomatoes. And pasta.
If you're a pasta lover, you know there are a gazillion pasta recipes out there that are worthy of serving at your dinner table. We've shared several on All She Cooks that we feel the same about: Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake, Mushroom Bowtie Pasta, Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake--just to name a few.
It took a little time, but I finally learned the art of spicing up my food for flavor, tasting it to see if its got the best of everything, and then adding a bit of this or that to make the flavor just so. And this goulash is just so- a perfect blend of spices to help spice up an already flavorful dish.
The key to this recipe? Potatoes. And onions. And of course, spices.
We like to have a nice selection of spices on hand so we can toss in a little of this and a little of that while cooking. Let's face it, if you don't have a full spice rack on hand, you're limited in how you can flavor your food.
Learning how to season your food is an essential part of being comfortable in the kitchen, so it is something that you should really invest some time in.
Added to browned ground beef and sausage... and you know what? I didn't even drain the grease. Fry up those potatoes and onions in the leftover grease and then let them cook through in the sauce. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Serve this delightful dish up over pasta or rice. I love it with pasta. DO NOT however add your pasta to the goulash sauce while the sauce still has to cook. Your noodles will get mushy, and you will not be happy. For best results, cook the noodles separately to package instructions, and top with goulash (or toss together right before serving).
Enjoy this hearty meal for dinner, and the leftovers that follow!
Best Goulash Ever: Recipe
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 Italian sausage links casings removed
- 3 large red potatoes cubed
- 1 red onion medium size
- 24 oz tomatoes with juice whole or diced
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- ¾ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon oregano flakes
- 4 cups uncooked pasta egg noodles, shells, etc.
- Brown beef and sausage, drain grease.
- Add onions and potatoes to meat mixture, stir and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat. Continue stirring to lightly fry mixture evenly.
- Add tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir to combine.
- Cover and boil over medium for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- While Goulash is cooking, prepare pasta according to package instructions.
- Serve the Goulash over pasta and enjoy!