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Ground Meat Goulash with Macaroni

Ground Meat Goulash with Macaroni


  • Salt

  • 1 pound macaroni

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, pork and veal, combined

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika

  • Pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup shredded carrots, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 ribs celery from the heart, finely chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)

  • 2 cups beef stock

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill

  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons freshly snipped chives

  • 4 radishes, finely chopped, for garnish

  • 1/2 cup chopped cornichons or baby gherkin pickles, for garnish


Bring the water to a boil for the macaroni. Salt the water, then cook the pasta to al dente. While the water comes to a boil and the pasta cooks, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, in a large, deep skillet over medium to medium-high heat.

Add the meat and season with paprika, salt and pepper. Brown and crumble the meat for 5 minutes, then add the bay leaf, carrots, onion, celery and pepper and cook for 10 minutes more.

Add the tomato sauce and stock and heat through, about 2 minutes. Adjust the seasonings and stir in the sour cream, dill and parsley.

Drain the macaroni and toss with the meat sauce. Garnish the goulash with chives, chopped radishes and pickles.

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