This recipe is called "Easy Goulash" because that's exactly what it is, EASY. Some may call it homemade hamburger helper. Some may call it goulash. I like to call it a very easy way to "hide" the veggies and the kids gobble it all up. :-)
Since this meal was an experiment on my part, it feeds a small army. My recipes normally do that when I'm experimenting. I'm always nervous about running out of food so I tend to over estimate on amounts. Now that I've made this a bunch of times I know that 1/2 of the recipe is plenty for our family of 5 and we still have leftovers.
Cooking time: 30 min
Servings: Small Army or about 10-12
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 lb. lean ground beef
3 cups elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cans condensed tomato soup
1 can petite diced tomatoes with onions, celery and green pepper
1 small can mushrooms
1 pinch of sugar to garnish each bowl
Salt & Pepper
Saute onions and garlic in EVOO over medium high heat until golden brown. Add ground beef and brown. Prepare elbows as directed on package. Once meat is browned add tomato paste, soup, and diced tomatoes and mushrooms. Mix together elbows and meat mixture.