Southern Ghoulash is a hearty one-pot meal the whole family will enjoy. It’s a quick, economical dinner with a hearty tomato meat sauce and pasta.
This type of ghoulash has been very popular in the south for many years and I think everyone makes it a little differently. The common ingredients are pasta, ground beef, and tomato sauce, and many recipes call for cheddar cheese. I also like to add corn to mine, but that’s not as typical.
Southern Ghoulash is so easy to put together for a weeknight meal and it will feed a large crowd. It’s one of those meals that really warms you up and fills your belly so it’s perfect for a cold winter night.
With a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and a half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, this Ghoulash has a little heat.
Ghoulash is one of my favorite ground beef recipes. It’s one of the best ways to stretch some ground beef into a huge meal that will feed alot of people. I like a really meaty ghoulash so I use 2 pounds of ground beef, but you can make this ghoulash with just 1 pound of ground beef if that is all you have.
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This Ghoulash is pure southern comfort food!
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 (28-ounce) can Tomato Sauce
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups uncooked elbow pasta
- 1 (11-ounce) can corn, drained
- Shredded Cheddar cheese and sour cream for serving
- Heat a lightly greased Dutch oven over medium heat and add the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Break meat apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- Once meat is no longer pink, drain off any liquid/grease. Return Dutch oven to heat and add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook 1 minute.
- Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika, pepper and bay leaves. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Add water and pasta and simmer, covered, until pasta is cooked, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
- Stir in corn and serve with cheddar cheese and sour cream.
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Originally published Dec 19, 2016