Sloppy Joe Goulash
By far one of the most inexpensive and easiest to prepare meals I make is sloppy joe goulash. A true Hungarian goulash usually contains potatoes – my goulash does not. If the truth were to be known, I just enjoy calling it goulash. You may feel like you’re making Hamburger Helper when you make it. (It’s that easy to make and does contain ground beef or turkey.) Rest assured though, you are really cooking. You’re just taking a little bit of help from the store in the form of Hunt’s Manwich Sauce, Bold, plus a few other ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of diced green and/or red bell pepper
- 1 standard sized package of ground turkey or beef
- 1 can of Hunt’s Manwich Sauce, Bold
- 8 oz. of whole grain pasta, like rigatoni or penne
- as much pepper-jack or your favorite cheese as you’d like, shredded
- 1 TBSP. olive or canola oil
- salt and pepper to taste
First, fill a large pot part way with water. Add in between 1 tsp. and 1 TBSP. of salt to the water so that the pasta you add later will become seasoned. Cover the pot and heat the water over high heat until it boils.
Next, heat the olive or canola oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced bell pepper to the oil.
Now, add the ground turkey or beef to the saute pan. (You may want to add the ground turkey or beef to the pan first if you prefer eating crisper veggies.)
The ground turkey will take a little while to cook (6 – 8 mins.). If you’re using ground beef it will take approximately 5 mins. to cook.
It’s time to see if the water for the pasta is boiling. If it is, pour 8 oz. of pasta (probably a little more than half the contents of the package) into the boiling water. Stir the pasta with a spoon right after you’ve added it to the boiling water. This will help the noodles to not stick together. The pasta will take about 7 mins. to cook.
While you’re waiting for the pasta to cook, break the turkey or ground beef up with the side of a spoon and stir it around the saute pan with the peppers. Also, open the can of Hunt’s Manwich Sauce, Bold. Retrieve a large colander so that you can drain the pasta when it’s done cooking.
If the ground turkey or beef is cooked through, pour the Manwich sauce over it and stir the sauce together with the meat and veggies. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, pour the pasta into the sloppy joe sauce (the meat, peppers, and Manwich sauce) in the saute pan. Stir the pasta together with the sloppy joe sauce. What you have in the saute pan before you is what I refer to as sloppy joe goulash! Serve up a hearty portion of the goulash in a bowl and top it with your favorite shredded cheese. Season to taste using salt and pepper. Enjoy!