Mama used to makes this for us all the time, especially in the fall months when the leaves were changing. We started calling it Bobby’s Goulash because, well, Mama made this for Bobby every year on his birthday- in fact she still makes him a bowl of it, and sings her best “Happy Birthday”! Now, this is one of those meals that we’ll always remember and make by heart. Of course we use lean beef, and we like to kick up the flavor with a little extra spice. The good thing about this meal is that you can make it your own, and eat off of it for almost the whole week!
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 pounds ground beef
2 large onions, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 29-ounce can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the meat in the oil about 10 minutes, breaking meat up with a fork as it cooks. Add the onion; cook and stir for 5 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients except the macaroni. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in the macaroni; simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Let the goulash stand for 20 minutes before serving.
Servings: 8 to 10