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Great Goulash: Ground Turkey Paprikash and Macaroni


  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni

  • Salt

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 1/3 pounds ground lean white turkey (the average weight of one package)

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • Black pepper

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped


Bring a pot of water to boil for pasta. When it comes to a boil, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook pasta six minutes to al dente.

While water comes to a boil and pasta cooks, heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add EVOO, about one turn around the pan, followed by the butter and the ground meat. Break up meat and crumble, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, onions, red bell peppers and seasonings to the turkey. Cook 5-6 minutes, then add chicken stock and sour cream to the pan. Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to low.

Add cooked pasta and stir. Let pasta absorb some sauce, a minute or so. Adjust seasonings and serve. Garnish the prepared dish with chopped parsley.