It’s not my birthday, not even close really. But I’m making it anyway. Goulash was always one of my favorite meals. I find that funny, because my Mom is a wonderful cook and made something different practically every night of my life it seems. She was always experimenting, clipping recipes from magazines and buying new cookbooks. We had many really amazing meals. For some reason, a meal where you dump a bunch of cans of stuff into a pot and bake it was my favorite. Each year on our birthday, we had the chance to pick what we wanted for dinner. I can remember many years where my choice was goulash.
Tonight, when Ross and I knew we needed to use the ground turkey in the fridge, a lightbulb went off in my head. I wanted goulash. I think a conversation at work a week or two ago triggered my craving. Somehow I got to talking about goulash with a co-worker. It is one of those meals that can be something completely different, depending on who is making it. While she admitted that my family recipe for goulash sounded pretty foreign, she also admitted that it sounded good. And it is.
Here it is:
1 lb hamburger (or ground turkey)
1 onion, chopped
2 green pepper, chopped
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can tomato soup
1 16 oz can stewed tomatoes
1/2 bag egg noodles
A splash of milk
Boil noodles. Saute ground meat, peppers and onions. Combine all ingredients in casserole dish. Bake at 350 30-45 minutes. Do not cover.
Although I have a very strict “no food is allowed to touch on my plate” rule, this is delicious served with corn, and it is even ok if they mix together a little bit on the plate!