American Goulash

ingredients :

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ▢1 large onion chopped
  • ▢2 cloves garlic minced
  • ▢2 cups marinara or tomato-based pasta sauce approx. ½ of a 26 oz jar
  • ▢1 ¾ cups beef broth or water or as needed
  • ▢14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
  • ▢3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ▢1 green bell pepper diced, optional
  • ▢1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ▢1 bay leaves 2 if they are small
  • ▢salt & black pepper to taste
  • ▢1 ¼ cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
  • ▢½ cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded, optional

instructions :

  • Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add water, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green peppers (if using), seasonings, & bay leaves. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  • Add in the elbow macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).
  • Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese if using and replace the lid. Let rest about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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