Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bobby's Goulash


My husband had this dish waiting for me when I came home from Richmond this weekend. He is a great cook (seriously - I wish I could cook as good as he does)! This is not your typical goulash or at least not how I remember goulash growing up. I remember (not fondly) it being made with stew meat and a dark, dark gravy over boiled potatoes. Not fun...I didn't like that type of goulash then and will not even go near it now. So when my husband said he was making goulash, my childhood goulash came to mind. I have never even made it - that is now much I can't stand it!!!! Imagine my surprise when I saw this gorgeous dish! Not only does it look good and not like your average goulash, it tastes terrific. Even our youngest son liked it! It also makes whole lot. My husband had served this with cheese and sour cream on the side but I don't think it needs that. Not at all. I just enjoyed a plain bowl of this. Bread and salad on the side would be good but that is all it really needs. Try this for something different, simple and very, very tasty. Of course the recipe comes from Bobby, Paula Deen's son and my husband is a huge Paula Deen fan (I think I've mentioned this several times now)!


2 pounds lean ground beef

1 pound ground turkey

2 large onions, chopped

3 cups water

1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce

2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning (this will taste stronger on day 1, milder the next day)

3 bay leaves

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows

1 tablespoon seasoned salt

2 cups dried elbow macaroni


In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef and ground turkey over medium-high heat, until no pink remains. Break up meat while sauteing; spoon off any grease. Add the onions to the pot and saute until they are tender about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, House Seasoning and seasoned salt. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving.


House Seasoning

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

25 comments:

noble pig said...

You have no idea how I could eat this all up right now!!

megan said...

wow, your husband is talented! that goulash looks really good. it almost looks like chili actually. this looks like something I would like...not at all like the weird goulash type thing they tried to serve us in college!

Mary said...

How fortunate you are to have another pair of hands in the kitchen. This goulash looks and sounds wonderful.

Jenn said...

Awww...very sweet of your hubby. It's nice to have another person in the house who knows how to cook and can do it well. Good choice in the goulash.

Julie said...

Yum! Does he deliver??

Manggy said...

Hee, I actually got my first taste in the Czech Republic and I thought it was surprisingly nice. Nothing surprising about this one tasting great, though! :)

A Year on the Grill said...

It looks great... good for you to have a husband that cools ( we are rare and should be cherished!)

George Gaston said...

Debbie, this does sound delicious! Nothing beats being welcomed home by a homemade simmering pot on the stove. Great recipe, thanks...

Cheryl said...

Now that sounds like Goulash to me. Yummy!

The Blonde Duck said...

It sounds really good. Sometimes, simple is best!

teresa said...

mmmm, i love goulash, this looks wonderful!

Joanne said...

There are so many things from my childhood that I think I don't like but they probably just were not made the right way! Your husband seems like an excellent cook. I would love to come home to this!

Pam said...

How funny that we both posted goulash - yours looks tasty!

Ingrid said...

Hey, this the second goulash recipe I've seen today. I've made one but I need to jump on the bandwagon!
~ingrid

Monica H said...

I remember when she made this on he show for him. This was before my laptop days so I quickly wrote the recipe down on a notepad. i still haven't made it but it looks delicious. You have such a sweet hubby.

Bunny said...

Having a husband that coos and loves Paula Deen...well that's just priceless Debie! I've never had the goulash from your childhood but this, oh yes I'd LOVE this!!

Cate O'Malley said...

Yum! Made this awhile back, and got thumbs up from the kids, which is not always easy. Great, tummy warming food.

Sophie said...

MMMMMM,...Debbie!! A delightful dinner!!

Very tasty!

Coleen's Recipes said...

A big bowl of this and some crusty bread and I'm in heaven...........and your husband made it for you? DOUBLE heaven.My hubby only makes tea haha.

Mags said...

Great recipe for goulash (which my kids always pronounced goose slop...LOL)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks wonderful. What a great treat to come home to.

Cathy said...

I love this kind of meal. We can always count on Paula's recipes. How wonderful to come home to find this lovely meal waiting for you.

Melissa said...

Yum! That definitely looks better then the goulash I am used to! Hehe. I would actually eat this one! ;-) Kudos to the hubbs!

Katy ~ said...

Debbie, I am loving this!! I never called this goulash, we called it American Chop Suey, but I think both names are regional to the recipe. No matter what you call it, it's GOOD!!

comfycook said...

What a wonderful way to come home. Not only the food but the love of your husband.

He did a great job. That is real comfort food.