Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter goulash

How are you all enjoying 2013 so far?  Remember when people were afraid we wouldn't make it past 2000??  Seems crazy that was 13 years ago!  We've been having some very cold winter days here so I've been craving comfort food.  This recipe is hearty and filling and will warm you right up.  There's just something about a warm pot of food cooking on your stove.
I like this meal because it incorporates so many things: pasta, veggies, tomatoes, and ground turkey.  Plus, I added cheese.  This is one of those recipes that is good the day you make it, but even better the next day. You can easily double this recipe to feed a larger crowd, but this fed me and Darling Husband for two days.  I think this would please both the adults and kiddos in your house.  It's an easy recipe to customize to your tastes. I used ground turkey, but ground beef would be great.  I added red and green pepper, but you can choose whatever you like best.  Or, throw in some extra vegetables.
Winter Goulash
1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cups dried macaroni
In a dutch oven, or large, heavy bottom pot, saute ground turkey over medium-high heat, until no pink remains.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the onions red and green pepper and saute for another 5 minutes.  Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, garlic, paprika, and Italian seasoning.  Stir well, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 25 to 30 minutes.  
Meanwhile, cook macaroni.  Follow instructions on box to cook pasta till al dente.  Drain and set aside.  
Remove dutch oven from heat and stir in cooked macaroni.  Cover with lid and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.  Garnish with cheese if you like.
See what I mean? Comfort food at its finest!  
Don't worry, I'll be back to baking cookies in no time!