Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Mom, His Grandma

I'm going to start today's post off with a preface. I know many of you are going to read this recipe and say "That's not traditional goulash." I am well aware of this, and respect the fact that for those of you enjoy a more traditional version, this is nothing similar to that. Please do not fill my inbox with the differences. In fact, I'm so aware of this, there will be another recipe posted on Friday that might be a little closer to what you consider the "real thing", and I will even be discussing why the difference.

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!

Mom's Goulash
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.


Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain Sept. 4, 2013
Shared on The Country Cook Sept. 6, 2013
Macaroni at Very Good Recipes

5 comments:

Shelley said...

I grew up eating this ... and yes it was Goulash. Mom made it very much the same way. :)

Debi RecipesForMyBoys said...

My Mama made this also! She would add peppers to it. UM...I think I'll make it tonight. Thank you for the memories and inspiration. <3

Christina said...

Yep. This is my goulash...lol. The only difference is my grandfather's tastes run a little bland, so he usually opted for just a can of tomato soup and we seasoned with salt and pepper at the table. Still one of my favorite meals! :)

Kathy Huffman said...

Yes! I have made this recipe for years & always called it goulash. Well my oldest daughter couldn't say goulash so she called it glop & that kind of stuck. The only difference is that I usually added mushrooms to mine & doctored up canned tomatoes if I didn't have a can or jar of Spaghetti sauce on hand. What fun too see we are not the only ones that love this recipe. Thanks for the share!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I recently asked my mom for her Goulash recipe because I wanted to make it and the only difference between hers and yours is that she uses tomato sauce instead of spaghetti sauce and she adds Oregano. The rest is the same!