Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hamburger Helper the Hard Way...

...only its not hard, its easy! Some people call this Goulash some call it American Chop Suey. Growing up for me it was goulash and its ingredients were different every time. This is the most basic version I could think of. Neko devoured many bowls of this throughout the week. These are flavors I think most toddlers can get behind.

(8-10 servings)

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
1 box whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp. olive oil
1 med. yellow onion, diced
2 tsp. paprika (I used Hungarian half sharp)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. oregano
salt to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain.
2. In a large, deep saute pan brown the ground beef over med-high heat. Drain and set aside.
3. Add olive oil to the pan and saute the onions over med-high heat until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
4. Add the ground beef back to the pan and season with paprika, oregano and salt.
5. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and chopped tomatoes.
6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
7. Stir in the macaroni. Serve with some shredded cheddar cheese on top of each serving.

1 comment:

Kara said...

Abby loved this too! (although she picked out the whole tomatoes and said "oh no, red carrot!" even though she loves carrot. But whatever.)