Okay, with that out of the way, let me tell you about this dish. This is something I grew up on. My mom made this at least a couple times per month. It was simple, fast and tasty, 3 things she needed after working all day and having my dad and I starving, waiting impatiently to be fed. She was taught how to make it by her mother, so it's been in our family for many, many years.
Now, here is where the story takes an ironic, but very special twist. When Adam and I were first married, and I was looking for new recipes to cook for him, he told me he loved his grandma's goulash and asked me to get her recipe. Well, I'm not going to lie, I forgot. I did however, mention to my mom I needed supper ideas and she suggested I make her goulash, so I did. Adam came home from work, sat down to dinner and was so excited. "You got Grandma's recipe??!!" Confused I looked at him and replied, "No, I made it like my mom." Yep...they were the exact same recipe!! We had both been eating the same dish for years, loving it, but from two different sources, only making it all the more special! I like to say it's a family tradition, any which way you look at it!
This is a fantastic weeknight meal for those evening your butt is really dragging and cooking is the last thing you want to do. It comes together in almost no time at all. It's also perfect for those nights when every member of the family is eating at a different time. It reheats beautifully, and almost tastes better the longer it sits.
If this is like the goulash you grew up on, welcome to the club. If yours was nothing like this, then come back on Friday to see another version I made, and read all about why they are at completely opposite ends of the food scale!
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 (26 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 TBS dried parsley, extra for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Grated Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion until no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Reduce heat, season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. When macaroni is cooked, add to meat mixture. Add spaghetti sauce. Stir to combine. Sprinkle with parsley and stir. Cook on low for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to combine and thicken slightly. Serve with extra parsley and Parmesan cheese.