Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nanny's Goulash

My Nanny (Mom's Mom) is an AMAZING woman!  I admire so many things about her & I appreciate her more every day.  One of the things I love about her is her cooking.  She has so many good recipes and she makes it seem effortless.  Her Hungarian Goulash recipe is one of my top favs.  Goulash can be a variety of things depending on the country it comes from, but my Nanny's goulash is like a cross between a vegetable stew & chili with macaroni.  So good!  This is one of my husband's favorite meals.

My Nanny makes hers in a large pot on the stove, but I have also done it in the crock-pot.  I've included directions below.


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey (sometimes I do 2 lbs if I want more leftovers)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 4-5 stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked
  • salt & pepper to taste

Use a large pot.  Brown the meat (if you use turkey instead of ground beef, I recommend spraying the pot with non-stick spray).  Drain any fat.  Add green pepper, celery, & onion.

Stir and sauté for about 5-10 minutes, until the veggies are wilted.  Add the can of tomatoes, tomato soup, and chili powder.  Sometimes I add a can of water (just use the tomato soup can) if it seems too thick.

[At this point, if you would like to do this crock-pot style, you can put everything into your slow-cooker & cook it on low for 2-4 hours.]

If you would like to cook it more quickly on the stove, then simmer for 35-45 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Before serving, gently stir in the cooked macaroni noodles.

Enjoy!  Thanks, Nanny!!

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