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Grandma's Goulash

Posted 06-01-2013 at 05:53 PM by medic2midwife

This is one of my all time go to comfort foods. I remember my grandma cooking this dish when I was a child, continuing the tradition, I make this for my own children. There are a lot of different ways to make goulash, but this is how she did it.

1 box bowtie pasta or elbow noodles (really, any pasta will do!)- $1.00 or less, free with coupon
1 lb ground meat (turkey is healthier, but grandma used beef) -prices vary- I used clearance organic beef $2.00/lb
1 bag frozen squash or 2 fresh zucchini when in season -(frozen squash $1.00)
1/2 medium onion, chopped- $.10
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (adjust to your taste preference)- pennies over time
salt and pepper to taste- pennies over time
2 cans diced tomatoes or 5 fresh tomatoes, chopped (granny used fresh tomatoes, but canned are a pantry staple)- .50 each or free with coupon, free if from your garden when in season!
Oregano and Basil to taste (approx 1 tbsp of each)- pennies over time

Cook the onion, garlic, fresh zucchini (if using frozen, add it in with the pasta to your boiling water) and meat over medium heat until done. Drain off fat. Add tomatoes, seasonings and cook until the flavors mix, approximately 30 minutes.

Toss with pasta and serve. Makes one large pot, plenty to feed a family of 5 generously.

My total cost for this meal was basically the meat, as I had everything else on hand as part of my pantry staples or had coupon-ed it for free. (re: pasta, canned tomatoes) It would probably cost you $6 to purchase all of the ingredients, factoring cost of meat and would be about .60 a serving. Less if you already have these items on hand or can coupon them! Give grandma's goulash a try.
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