Tuesday

Old Fashioned Goulash


Who doesn't like a warm bowl of Old Fashioned Goulash? 
I'm really not looking for an answer to that, but really...what's not to like?



This fast and easy one-pot wonder of noodles nestled in a 
thick & meaty tomato sauce with little bits of tender onion is just a 
big bowl of awesomeness. If you had a mind to, adding some red 
or green bell pepper would be a great addition.

 I like mine straight up, but my family enjoys topping 
theirs with a handful of extra sharp cheddar cheese. 

Add a nice chunk of warm crusty bread, and you have a 
delicious meal your family will ask for again and again.


Other pasta dishes you may enjoy:

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OLD FASHIONED GOULASH
Serves 8

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 bay leaves
3 cups beef broth
28 oz crushed tomatoes
15 oz stewed tomatoes
15 oz petite diced tomatoes
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (if desired)
Seasoning salt (to taste)
3 cups elbow macaroni
Grated cheddar cheese for serving (if desired)

In a dutch oven or large skillet, brown beef with a pinch of salt and pepper until brown. Spoon off grease, if necessary. Add onion and cook 3-4 minutes, or until onion starts to soften. Stir in garlic and bay leaves, cook a couple minutes more.

Add broth, cans of tomatoes, Italian seasoning, oregano, Worcestershire, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add seasoning salt if needed. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20-25 minutes.

Add macaroni, stir well and replace lid. Simmer 7-9 minutes or until pasta is al dente.

Remove bay leaves and serve with grated cheese. 

Wednesday

Goat Cheese & Sun-dried Tomato Pasta



My husband and I have made the decision to start eating more meatless meals. 
We are not cutting meat completely out, just back. Way back.

That being said, I have to tell you, we have not missed it. Not even a little bit. 

I think it has a lot to do with meals like this Goat Cheese & Sun-dried Tomato Pasta. 
We just add a salad with lots of fresh vegetables in it along side a bowl of sliced cucumbers 
marinated in a little dressed up vinegar, and we are good to go.


The entire meal takes just minutes to throw together and let me tell you, it was so good.
Not too heavy and perfectly creamy from the delicious goat cheese (no cream needed). The Parmesan added a little punch of saltiness and the hit from the sun-dried tomatoes...oh my goodness. Everything came together perfectly. Lets not forget the fresh basil. I mean...fresh basil, right?

I would venture to say, if a person wasn't partial to goat cheese, cream cheese would work in a pinch.


Fast and easy to prepare, a few simple ingredients, and huge flavor.

It was a hit.

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Goat Cheese & Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

8 oz spaghetti, reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid
2 tbsp of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes with herb, rough chop
4 oz of goat cheese
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

Cook spaghetti in salted water according to package instructions. Save 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain spaghetti.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and pepper and saute until the onion softens. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 cup of the reserved water. Stir in crumbled goat cheese and the 1/4 cup Parmesan. Stir until melted. Add spaghetti stirring to combine and add more water if needed/desired. I ended up adding apprx. 3/4 cup of the water. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with more grated Parmesan and basil, if desired.

Tuesday

Bruschetta

This is one of my most favorite things in the world.


It takes just minutes to throw together and I can't get enough of it. Especially when I 
have fresh basil I can walk outside and cut.

Roast up a little garlic in olive oil, throw it in a bowl with sliced tomatoes, 
balsamic vinegar, basil and a little salt and pepper. Done!

(Can a person eat too many tomatoes? Asking for a friend.)


Play around with it. If you like lots of basil...add it. Don't like a lot of balsamic...start with a teaspoon or two and add more if needed. What ever works for you.


Aside from a spoon right out of the bowl, I like to eat it on a tasty slice of toasted bread.

Doesn't get much easier than that.

Linked with Weekend Potluck.

Bruschetta

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint red grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
7 whole basil leaves (chiffonade)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a small pan or skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden brown, stirring often. Pour oil and garlic into a bowl and let cool a couple of minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix. Taste for seasoning.  You can use it right away but I like to let it sit out for 30-40 minutes or store in the fridge until ready to use. I would bring it back close to room temperature before eating.

Toast up your favorite bread, load it with your tomatoes and serve.