Wednesday, April 29, 2009


A short while ago, I was on bedrest awaiting the birth of my little girl. During this time, an amazing group of people stepped in to help us out with basic household tasks and meals. I was astounded enough that those I love and care about immediately came through to help us out, but I was even more awed by the complete strangers that insisted on helping out, without even meeting me or my family. They simply knew that help was needed and they did not hesitate to jump in. I cannot begin to thank these people enough for what they have done for my family. It was a difficult experience to have to sit and do nothing to take care of my family, and these people kept my household running, my family fed, and made us all feel such love and support.
One dish that was brought over during this time was a goulash. I had never before tasted, much less made, goulash. As we reheated the dish, a wonderful smell filled the house. This is comfort food at its best! My husband had seconds and asked me if I knew how to make it! While I don't have this particular recipe (which was delicious, by the way!) I had seen an episode of Paula Deen where she stated that her son, Bobby, requested her goulash on his birthday every year. Apparently it is his favorite of all of her dishes. With as many good things as she makes, I assumed if this was his favorite it had to be phenomenal! One thing I will make note of is that Paula says the recipe serves 6, unless Bobby is eating. Normally, I find that recipes don't make nearly the servings I would expect-- I guess we are big eaters! I did add a little extra macaroni to the goulash, but even with that, I would say that this makes way more than 6 servings. The recipe calls for 3 pounds of meat, which seems like a lot for only 6 servings, anyway. My husband and I both had a big bowl and I have a very large container of it left in the fridge.
Bobby's Goulash
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound ground turkey
2 large yellow onions, chopped
2- 15 oz cans tomato sauce
2- 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon House seasoning (recipe below)
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
In a dutch oven, saute the ground beef and ground turkey over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the 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 of water, along with 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 15-20 minutes.

Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes. (Paula doesn't say to, but I found that I needed to stir my goulash during this time. With the high sugar content of the tomatoes, it was starting to stick and burn on the bottom of the pot. I would stir randomly through this cooking time.) Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with garlic bread and a salad.
Source: Paula Deen Celebrates!


  1. I make my goulash with egg noodles... I guess cause that is the way my mom made it. We love goulash though. I have wanted to try this recipe, but just haven't gotten around to it. I do think my recipe sounds way easier, so I think I need to make it some time and post it. This looks yummy!

  2. This takes me back to my childhood. My mom used to make a very similar goulash and I loved it. Can't wait to try making my own.

  3. This version looks fantastic.. Goulash is one of my favorite go to meals. Comfort food to me.

  4. Looks just like the recipe I make!!! YUMMM!!!

  5. Goodmorning..
    You were just before me on the Sits roll happy I'm here... what fabulous recipes. I have never had goulash, but this definitely looks so yummy .... I will try it... thanks for sharing.. I am now a follower so I shall return..
    Have a great day

  6. hi! i can't find the recipe for the house seasoning, can you help me with that? thank you!