The Best Goulash in the Entire World
We spent a bunch of the weekend in a car, on a [small] road trip. Truth be told, I was kind of dreading it. I toyed back and forth between asking for a portable dvd player, and thinking they should learn to look out the windows and imagine, but assuming they would really just drive each other, and Jordan and I, crazy. A 5 year old, 3 1/2 year old, and an almost 2 year old. We don’t ever really go very far, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Truth be told – it went pretty great! They slept a bunch of the way there. We stopped for food, and then they snacked a bit, and played/sang/danced/talked the rest of the way. The way back was pretty similar. Except for Briar “MOOOing” for about an hour. Which was both hilarious and slightly unnerving. She’s going to be a cow for Halloween tomorrow.
I find that so many times I create the worst-case scenarios in my head as to how a trip anywhere is going to turn out. Whether that’s the grocery store, or the park, or a road trip. Sometimes I convince myself it’s not worth even going. And I don’t. Other times I go. Every so often (wayyy more than I’d like) I’ll go, and the worst-case scenarios ensue. But so many times, it’s my attitude going into the trip that is probably the cause of the disasters.
Anyhow. This weekend went great, and I’m really glad, because hopefully it’ll give me courage to try again. Get out and travel a little bit with these crazy kids.
It really was fun. Sure, there was some normal-kid stuff that happened. Attitudes that weren’t quite right, sleepy heads (which lead to slightly-cranky-heads), small quarrels. But it was fine. It was worth it. A great fall weekend to put in the books. Spent with some really wonderful people. 🙂
On to the food part!
May I present to you:
The BEST Goulash in the Entire World.
There is just no argument.
If you were to ask me what my favourite comfort-type style food was growing up, I would have to say this.
It’s equal parts yummy and amazing.
My mom and my Nannie both made it amazing-ly, though slightly different. And I’ve created a version that [I think] is awesome, and slightly different from theirs. This is a great weeknight meal if you are short on time, or just want to throw something together fairly quickly. A pan and a pot to dirty, serve with a salad, and voila! So great.
It’s a definite kid-friendly meal too!
For some reason, don’t ask me why, we grew up calling it “Chop Suey”. My hubby was very quick to inform me that it was not, in fact, chop suey. It was goulash. I’ve come to agree with him, but I do slip up every once in awhile and resort back to chop suey.
This makes a good sized batch – so it’s enough to feed a large family, or provide you with leftovers for lunches through the week!
Let’s make it!
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs hamburger
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, diced finely
- 1 pepper, chopped
- 2 cans tomato soup
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- 2 cups macaroni
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Once it's hot, add in the onion and garlic. Fry for about 2 minutes. Add the peppers. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add hamburger. Cook until no longer red.
- While the hamburger is cooking, bring about 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Once it reaches a boil, add in your pasta. Cook until al dente.
- Once the hamburger is cooked through, add tomato soup, ketchup, salt, pepper, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Cook until warm.
- Drain pasta and add to saucepan. Stir in cheddar.
- As soon as it's heated through, it's ready to eat! So yummy!
- Tweak the flavours by adding more or less sugar, ketchup, and/or red pepper flakes.
If you’re looking for another comfort-food recipe, check out this Curry Chickpea Stew!