Spicy Goulash Kicked Up!

Dawn Whitted


Growing up in a smaller midwestern town it seemed like every family had some version of this hamburger macaroni dish. It was inexpensive, fast, easy and satisfied the biggest appetites. Served with a veggie, bread and a green salad this made for a good home cooked square meal. Most say that the leftovers are even better. This is my kicked up version.

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35 Min


30 Min




4 c
cavatappi, elbow or shell pasta
1/2 lb
ground beef, lean
2 Tbsp
italian sausage, hot, mild or sweet
2 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 small
yellow onion, diced
1 small
green bell pepper, diced
1 medium
carrot, peeled & diced
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 can(s)
stewed tomatoes, italian-style
2 can(s)
tomato soup
2 Tbsp
italian seasoning blend
1 tsp
garlic salt
1 1/2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 tsp
black pepper
1/2 can(s)
water to thin soup slightly into a sauce
1 1/2 c
shredded cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp
pickled jalapeno - optional**

Directions Step-By-Step

Bring 3 qts. salted water to a rolling boil and add pasta. Stir, cover and cook pasta until al dente (approximately 9 minutes) I like using cavatappi a/k/a callentani pasta it's a more hearty pasta that holds onto the sauce better and it looks pretty too.
Meanwhile in a large skillet thoroughly brown ground beef & sausage. Move browned meat to the edges or one side of your skillet.
In the center of the skillet add 1-2 T. olive oil if necessary then add diced onion, bell pepper, carrot and saute for 2-3 minutes until onion turns translucent.
Add garlic and saute for a few seconds and add the remaining ingredients except the cheese, allow to simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes.

**Kick it up more by adding 2-3 T pickled jalepeno rings sliced or diced
Drain pasta and add it to a 9 x 13 casserole dish and pour the meat sauce mixture over the pasta. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes to allow flavors to meld together and sauce to thicken slightly.
Remove from oven and top with cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to melt.
Serve with corn casserole (check out Rene Palmer's recipe), french garlic bread and a fresh green salad.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: German
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #goulash