Cooking On A Budget: American Goulash II

Thursday, November 14, 2013

American Goulash II


Despite my having posted an American Goulash recipe way back when, I decided to update and make some changes. Being mindful that I have garden tomato sauce for zero dollars I decided to check the price of on sale tomato sauce at a large grocery chain to help come up with the cost for this dinner. The pasta (Barilla) went on sale a while back for $1.00 each and that is when I stocked up. The one pound of ground chuck beef was priced at $3.69 per pound. Total cost for the American Goulash came to $7.06. As you can see this is hearty cellantani pasta which is very filling. Feeds four large portions for $1.76 each serving. My salad was a pre mix in a bag, one dollar off for $2.69 and the loaf of bread for garlic bread and some croutons was $1.00. By bargain shopping or using coupons this dinner for four ($10.75 all inclusive) nets out to $2.68 per serving. I find that entirely acceptable for Cooking On A Budget.

For the sauce:
  • 1 - 35 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • olive oil
  1. In a sauce pot over medium heat add the olive oil - just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.
  2. Add in the onions and garlic and reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the onions soften.
  3. Add some salt and black pepper to taste. Add in the tomato sauce and give a good stir.
  4. Next, add in half of the can of tomato paste and stir until blended. Scoop out the rest of the paste and put in a small freezer bag and it freezes well to use at a later time.
  5. Add in the rest of the dried spices and simmer for about an hour or longer if you have the time, stirring occasionally.
For the goulash:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 box of cellantani pasta (or any hearty pasta you like with ridges)
  • onion powder to taste
  1. Cook the pasta according to the box directions and set aside.
  2. Let your deep skillet come up to heat over medium high heat. Add in the ground beef by breaking the meat apart with your hands.
  3. Sear the meat and turn as necessary to brown. Season the beef with salt and black pepper to taste and use a little onion powder as well.
  4. When the beef is browned if there is too much fat drain some of it out. Add in the sauce, stir and add in the pasta and stir. Warm over a low heat for a few minutes before serving.
If you want to kick this up a notch try making some Cheesy Garlic Bread. Just follow the link.

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