Classic Goulash


2lbs lean ground beef or turkey
2 large sweet yellow onions, chopped
3T minced garlic
3c water
2 (15oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (14oz) cans diced tomatoes
3T soy sauce
2T dried Italian herbs
3 bay leaves
1T seasoned salt, or to taste
2c uncooked elbow macaroni


1. In a large Dutch oven, cook and stir the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the meat is no longer pink and has started to brown, about 10 minutes. Skim off excess fat, and stir in the onions and garlic. Cook and stir the meat mixture until the onions are translucent, about 10 more minutes.

2. Stir in water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, and seasoned salt, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Stir in the macaroni, cover, and simmer over low heat until the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves, and serve.

TIP: Right after cooking of ground beef OR turkey is complete, before additional ingredients are added, add 2-3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Drain into a colindar and rinse with hot water. Add back to the pan and add the rest of your ingredients. This will boil additional fat/oils out of the meat making the meal much healthier.