Moms Goulash Stovetop

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There were no microwaves when my Mom made this, so she did it on the stove top. She never gave us the recipe and I have discovered it through trial and error. You never forget the taste! I started with a recipe in a microwave cookbook and have adjusted the ingredients over time. If anyone is home when you are cooking, you will have company in the kitchen! Serve with Caesar Salad, oven baked, garlic butter French bread and red wine. Microwave temperatures vary, so keep checking to see if these power levels work for you.

Modified from: Mom's Goulash in the Microwave

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



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  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, add the onion, garlic, celery, and ground beef to a large fry pan. Stirring frequently brown the ground beef and continue to cook until the celery is no longer crunchy, and the ground beef is no longer pink. Drain the grease from the mixture. Return the mixture to a pan large enough to hold the entire recipe ingredients.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar into the beef, and season with paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover, and cook on low for another 15 minutes, stirring ocassionaly.
  4. Stir in the cooked macaroni, and continue to cook on low for 2 to 3 more minutes, until heated through. Serve.
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I cooked it on the stove top instead of microwave. It was excellent! I did use a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce instead of 10. As a personal preference I did not use the caraway seeds.