Goulash – cavatappi combined with pasta sauce, ground beef, and cheese in this comforting & quick dish

Goulash - cavatappi combined with pasta sauce, ground beef, and cheese in this comforting & quick dish | Persnickety Plates

5 days til Christmas! You know those scenes in Christmas Vacation where they show the Advent calendar opening each day, ticking down the days? That’s what I’m seeing in my head every morning.

I’m going to take a break from the Christmas baking and show you a dinner I made recently. I’m calling it goulash but as I was making it, I was thinking “this is very close to spaghetti…”. So, I think goulash is supposed to be more of a stew and paprika is involved. Is that right? School me. Regardless, I really liked this dish. The flavors came together really well and it was even better warmed up as leftovers with a little cheese sprinkled on top.

Goulash - cavatappi combined with pasta sauce, ground beef, and cheese in this comforting & quick dish | Persnickety Plates

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goulash on a plate with salad
5 from 1 vote

Goulash…kinda, sorta

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Goulash – cavatappi combined with pasta sauce, ground beef, and cheese in this comforting & quick dish

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 30 oz tomato sauce Two 15 oz cans
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • ½ pound macaroni
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, bring a pot of salted water to boil (if you cover the pot, it will boil faster) and cook your macaroni noodles until soft.
  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, add a turn of olive oil and let heat up. Add in your diced onion and minced garlic. Stirring frequently, cook until the onions start to get translucent.
  • Add in the ground sirloin. Season with garlic salt, oregano, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Break up the meat and brown until no longer pink.
  • Add in the two cans of tomato sauce and turn heat to low and let simmer.
  • By now, the noodles should be cooked. Drain them and return them to the pot.
  • Pour the sauce into the noodle pan and stir to combine. Add in the sour cream and stir to distribute.
  • That’s it. I let it sit for about 15 minutes to let the flavors come together and let the sauce soak into the noodles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1778mg | Potassium: 1250mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1004IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 7mg

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe tonight for dinner and it was a huge hit with my family! My picky 6 year old ate 3 bowls! Will definitely make again. I love that it was quick and easy for a weeknight meal- exactly what I look for in a recipe. Thanks so much!