March 18, 2012 by Jenny Melrose

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Alright so now that you all think that all that we eat around here is sweets, I’ve decided it’s time to share a go-to recipe for the Melrose household.  Riley doesn’t eat meat, but as long as she can pick it out we’re good.  So an easy go-to meal for us is Goulash.  Riley loves pasta and I can make a ton and have leftovers for the week.  Joe’s schedule is crazy now that he is student teaching and then working nights at Lowes so we don’t usually get a meal together as a family during the week.  Therefore, I try to make something we all like on Sunday. 

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The ingredients are:

In a dutch oven saute ground turkey over medium high heat.  Add onions and saute until tender.
Add 3 cups of water with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, fresh garlic, Italian seasoning, soy sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Stir well.
Place lid on and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes.  In the meantime, allow your two year old to straddle the counter and line up every possible spoon she can find.
Seriously, how cute is she?!  Let me tell you looks can be deceiving!  She can be a monster.
Add any kind of pasta.  Stir well and return lid to pot and simmer on low for about 20 minutes.  Allow mixture to sit after turning off the heat.  Top with Parmesan cheese and watch out because it’s super duper hot.  Riley always has to add an ice cube even if it’s had a chance to sit in the freezer to cool down for five minutes.
Easy Goulash Recipe

Recipe Type: Main Dish
Author: Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family
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Serves: 6 – 8
An easy, family favorite recipe for Goulash.
  • Ground Turkey
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 {29 oz.} can tomato sauce
  • 2 {15 oz} cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBS Italian seasoning
  • 3 TBS soy sauce
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups macaroni or pasta of choice
  1. In Dutch oven saute ground turkey over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in onion and saute until tender.
  3. Add 3 cups water with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, soy sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Place lid on & allow to cook for 20 – 25 minutes.
  6. Add macaroni and stir well. Return the lid to pot and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Allow mixture to sit 30 minutes after turning off heat.
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  • Messy Roost

    Ok, I am coming to dinner. That was one of my mom's once a week dinners. I have to admit, it was one of my favorites. I will have to make it for my kids….. Thanks Rhonda

  • shopannies

    goulash definetly on the menu for this week thanks for helping me make that decision come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  • The Wanna-be Southern Belle

    I love all your recipes…some of the ones I stole a while back are my fav! thanks for sharing…pinning it now!! xoox

  • Julie E

    This post makes me so happy. My grandma used to make goulash all the time when I was little and I haven't had it in years! I'm totally throwing down on some goulash this week. Yum!

  • Katie Goldsworthy

    Yumm! Looks soooo good!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

  • Ellen

    I haven't made goulash for a looong time. I see a simple meal in our very near future!

    New follower from Wed Whats Its?

    Love to have to come visit at A Season for All Things. This week we are doing sweets…. Bonnie Butter Cake!

  • Alison @ Oopsey Daisy

    YUM! I love goulash and have never tried it on those curly noodles. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  • MrsJenB

    I've never had goulash before – this looks delicious!

  • {northern cottage}

    mmm sounds good!! and the spoon display is lovely! would love to have you come over to visit anytime (linky party is now open if ya wanna come play!)


  • Sonya at The Three Bears Get Crafty

    Our family loves Goulash, too! So easy, and even my toddler will eat it! 🙂

  • Jonnique

    I loved goulash as a girl! Your newest follower!!! Can you please post on my Taste This Thursday party!?

  • Julie@teachinggoodeaters

    Yum- I haven't had goulash in a long time! I worked at a camp in college and there were some Hungarians on staff with me. I remember loving it, but for some reason, have never thought to make it myself.

    I love the pic of your daughter lining up the spoons on the counter… what a great way to keep her entertained 🙂

    I'd love it if you'd link this up to Food Adventure Friday!


  • Kara

    Look delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Hanni

    Wow Goulash! I loooove it so much. Btw I am Hungarian and we make it in a different way. We are making it for soup with beef (or pork). But love this way also.
    I am following you via Bloglovin. It was so great to see someting Hungarian in the bloggy world!

  • Deana

    Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks….have a wonderful Sunday!

  • Rachel

    Looks yummy! I love the picture of your daughter with the spoons. My kids love to “help” too.

  • Serendipity and Spice

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday.

  • Stacey

    Yummy! I love goulash! REminds me of my Grandmother!
    Thanks for coming by to link up…I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Carrie

    Sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! Hope you are having a great week!

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