American Goulash

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American Goulash…my family’s way

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Not because I eat outdoors…

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Or simply because I eat it with good bread 😀
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It means the way I grew up eating it. And my grandmother before that.
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Basically. …roughly,
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2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (any color added to that also)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1-2 tbs tomato paste
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1-2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Roasted Garlic Powder
Garlic Salt 😀 w/parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
Set aside pasta water and add to desired consistency after adding cooked pasta

In a dutch oven (or 5 qt pan/pot), sweat onions, add peppers and cook a couple minutes more, then same with garlic. Add ground beef and cook  until no longer pink. Drain if desired. I skimmed what little fat there was with a large spoon. Add tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder,  paprika, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring just to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the pasta and stir well. Add pasta water as desired. Taste…season accordingly.  Return lid and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes. I like parmesan added on top of all that. Allow to sit covered for 5-10 minutes and mix well before serving.
*crossing my fingers because i didn’t proofread this (not to mention my usual lack of timing and measuring)…

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I had frozen bell peppers.

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G’nite
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