Category: Stews


As an adult I think about growing up and what kind of dinners my mom made my sister, brother and I. One of the dishes she made and definitely was one of my favorites was Goulash. Living in Conneticut my mom and dad had this huge garden in the back yard it was full of vetegtables. I remember going out there pulling weeds and picking the vegetables when ripe, eating them right from the garden. It was perfect. This recipe is inspired by her and memories of growing up. 


  • 2 fry pans, 1 for your ground beef the other your vegetables
  • Large pot for pasta
  • Cutting board and knife
  • 2 spoons for stirring
  • Large serving bowl


  • 1 lbs package of ground beef (I use market ground from my grocer, its ground fresh daily, you can ask your meat counter for it)
  • 1 – 16 ounce box of medium shells
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of tomatoe sauce
  • 1 green pepper (remove seeds, membrane, washed and diced small)
  • 1/2 of a red onion (peeled and diced small)
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and diced small)
  • 1 large red tomatoe (diced small)
  • 4 large basil leaves (diced small)
  • 1 table spoon of paprika
  • 2 table spoons of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Grated cheese of choice if you like

Boil your pasta till tender, drain and set aside. Cook your ground beef, be sure your beef is chopped small and cook through, do not drain. Set aside.

In another fry pan combine your butter, vegetables, garlic and basil. Cook medium with lid on till peppers are tender, add your tomatoe sauce to warm only, stir occasionally. Do not drain.

In a large mixing bowl combine your pasta, beef and vegetables stir till mixed well. Now add your salt, pepper and paprika. Transfer to a large serving bowl garnish with cheese if desired. Serve warm.

Serves about 8 hearty bowls.