Tuesday, April 6, 2021

In the Purrsuit of Flavor: Dads Favorite, Hamburger Goulash

The Canadian Cats and Easy Rider threw down a Challenge this week for a food that Dad really loved and would eat any chance he could. He grew up in the family diner so there were a lot of choices, but he always loved Moms Wednesday Menu Goulash. (How about that!) It was not gourmet but it was a tasty filling meal. 

Super Easy Ground Beef Goulash


1 lb Ground beef 90% lean

1 ½ cup noodles uncooked (About ¼ 16oz box)

1 ½  16oz cans tomato sauce

1 cup beef broth

Cooking oil. Olive, Peanut or choice

Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Sugar (or sweetener per label equivalency) and Sage (Optional)

1. Bring approx 2 qt water to full boil and add a bit of ⅛ tsp salt (Optional) and 1-2 tbs oil. Add pasta. Normal cooking time is about 9-11 minutes depending on altitue. Cut back about 2 minutes what you would normally cook, rinse, drain and set aside in colander. Your oil prevents them from sticking.

2. In a pot brown ground beef and then pour off grease. There will not be much if you use 90% lean but if you use much less add a bit more meat as you will have more shrinkage.

3.  Add tomato sauce and beef broth and bring to a simmer. Add spices. ¼ tsp pepper, ¼ tsp salt, 1 tbs Sugar, 1 tbs oregano. If you use fresh oregano maybe ½ tbs. Dad adds two tbs but he likes it that way. A way to be adventurous is to add a slight pinch of sage. If you are not fond of it no worries.

4. Simmer sauce for 15 to 30min. Longer is better for yummy. Sample as simmering and add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Add Pasta to sauce and bring back to a simmer at least 5 minutes to cook the pasta the rest of the way. You may need to add a bit extra broth but water is fine so you have a nice consistency. 

6. Makes about 6 servings. Enjoy. It is really fast and simple. You can also use a packet of Chili Mix if you like instead of adding your own spices. For milder tastes use Meatloaf Mix. Dad likes his with a bit less pasta and sauce with more meat. This is an easy recipe to “tweak” till it is just how you like it.

I told Dad to fill the bowl up but he said this was "a normal person serving." So figure on 4 nice servings. It is really easy to add meat, pasta and sauce if you want to make for a gathering or some such. If we ever have those again that is
My second opinion was just a big nothing. Dad said they were wallet probing with silly things but he did agree to repeat labs and out in left field FeLv test. I did eat a bit last night but not much today. 
Thanks for the Purrs and Prayers

We are joining Comedy Plus for Wordless Wednesday. Sorry we were so wordy. We blame the Goulash

Timmy Tomcat: Our Spokes Cat
Dad Pete: Our Old Hooman

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catladymac said...

Gosh Timmy - we are sorry all the exam showed was how deep Dad's wallet is. We are glad you are eating some at least. Purrayers.

Sandee said...

Oh yummy. I love that dish and it's a crowd pleaser. I add salad and a garlic bread.

Prayers continue for Timmy.

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Scritches to the kitties and healing pets to Timmy. ♥

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I am sorry the second opinion didn't help much. I am keep sending you good thoughts. The Goulash sounds yummy.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Continued purrs for you, Timmy! Goulash is yummy.

Katie Isabella said...

I know my favorite brovver would love this! I also send love to Timmy.

pilch92 said...

That looks good. If it had peppers, it would be like the American chop suey my mom makes.Please Timmy , eat more. XO

Eastside Cats said...

Grrr...that vet, fishing for dollars instead of wanting to help!
Purring for you, Timmy.

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

These days it seems everyone is wallet probing. We are going to keep you both (Timmy and Dad) in our purrayers. Gosh! Mom sure wish
He's she could make this for supper! It sounds terrific! Alas, our human brother is allergic to tomatoes.

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

Yummy recipe!!
And we'll keep our fervent pawyers going for Timmy!

Phooey to that vet who was in it for the money instead of trying to help.

Please try and eat, Timmy.

easyweimaraner said...

it was a super food after school.... and the mess we made LOL

Pam and Teddy said...

This reminds my Mom of something she makes that's easy peasy with hamburger and noodles. Hamburger stroganoff....burger, sour cream, can of cream of mushroom soup, over noodles. Sometimes the BESTEST STUFF is the SIMPLEST STUFF! Timmy I'm sorry your second opinion resulted in nothing. Still don't know what's wrong with you but I'm glad you're eating again.

Hugs, Teddy

Lynn said...

Timmy I think your dad is cooking up some really terrific recipes. Maybe he'll hit on the right one to get you eating again. As far as human food goes this looks delicious. We're counting on you to get better Timmy and eat a whole lot more.

Molly the Airedale said...

Our nanny used to make goulash and it was delicious! We send you lots of AireZen and healing vibes, Timmy♥

Me said...

Timmy, we hope your tummy is saying "feed me" and your nose is twitching on that fine smelling goulash. Slurp it up! Sending you fierceness and good appetite-xoxoxo, Bibi & Meep

The Florida Furkids said...

That sounds very yummy. We're sorry your second visit was disappointing. We hope you start to eat soon since we know your Dad is worried and we all are too.

The Florida Furkids

Service Cats US said...

Oh Timmy, we're purraying so hard fur you to get all better. Purrlease, eat and fight. And, ifin ya' need anything, purrlease let us know. We're luvs ya'll and are here fur ya'. Big hugs

Luvs ya'


Catscue said...

Sending purrs and prayers your way Timmy, hugs to all. I love that goulash, the simpler the recipe usually means the better it tastes.

Shoko Neilson said...

Timmy, this goulash looks delicious! So easy too. We must have this dish. I even think mom could manage making this recipe. Thank you for joining our "Youthful Yummies."


Brian said...

Yummy food stuffs! We're all sending mega purrs and prayers for you sweet Timmy.

BellaDharma an LadyMew said...

MMMMMM that soundss yummy Mistur Pete!!!
Mee bin purrin mee heart out fore you Timmy Tomcat!!! An LadyMew iss purrayin her heart out!
Wee hope you get bettur soon.
Mistur Pete if you need to mee-yow or need green-help (LadyMew sayss you will know what that meens?!) pleese email her OKay???
Wee are here fore youss;!!
**purrss** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

Dma said...

I’m not sure I’ve ever had goulash. That looks tasty.

Chuck Huss said...

That looks very good. I will have to try to make that.

meowmeowmans said...

Dang, that sure looks good! We'll have to give it a try!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

that sounds yummy!!! You know what secret ingredient I often add to tomato sauce? CINNAMON!!! Yep!! Not a ton but it gives it some nice flavor. I also add red pepper flakes and sometimes a bit of BBQ sauce or even Maple Syrup! (just a little) I like my tomato sauce on the sweet side :)

Ananka said...

Never tried this :-D