This is one of my favorite comfort food meals. My mom made goulash all the time when I was little. We were watching Food Network together a few years ago and we both saw this recipe and wanted to try it. She made it for the husband and I when we first came home from the hospital with the toddler, and I fell in love with it. This makes a ton of food! We usually have it for dinner 2 night, plus a lunch somewhere in there as well.
Source: Adapted from Paula Deen
2.5 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onions, chopped
3 cups water
1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (29-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tsp each garlic powder and black pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt
2 cups dried elbow macaroni
In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef 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, garlic powder, black pepper, 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 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving.