A fantastic hearty winter dish and always a family favorite!
My younger brother never used to cook much growing up, but as he's gotten older he has definitely picked up some skills! He's been inspired by Gordon Ramsay's cooking and has pushed himself to learn new recipes and try new things in the kitchen. It was so much fun watching him cook this dish, which is one of our favorite comfort food memories from childhood.
My mom grew up loving goulash too, so I guess it has truly been handed down generation to generation. My mom always adds a little cottage cheese to hers, which amps up the creaminess and add a bit of protein and calcium, but I enjoyed my brother's version just as much. If you love cottage cheese, feel free to add a cup of small curd in as you toss all the ingredients together in step (6) and it will bake up beautifully! This is comfort food at it's finest, and I find it's best to serve this dish with a side salad and bread so you can get every last bite of sauce from the bowl.
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MY BROTHERS GOULASH
Total Time: 1 Hour Servings: 8 Servings Other Info:
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 orange pepper, chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 3-4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly (by hand or mandolin)
- 3 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 (14.5 oz) can whole organic tomatoes, crushed by hand
- 1 jar tomato sauce (your favorite brand) or 4 cups homemade tomato sauce
- 1-2 Tbsp honey, depending on your taste preference
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 Tbsp dry basil or 2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
- 2 pounds ground Italian sausage
- 1 box of hollow pasta (think tubes, curled pasta, anything you like will work)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese wedge for grating on top
- Using a large sauté pan, crumble an brown the ground Italian sausage. Drain the excess oil and set the cooked meat aside in a large baking dish. You'll toss everything together in this dish and bake in the oven, so ensure its large enough to fit all the pasta and sauce, and that it's oven safe!
- In the same pan you cooked the meat in, wipe out any excess oil and add in 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Sauté chopped onions and peppers until soft (about 7-8 minutes).
- Add in another splash of oil and lower the heat under the pan slightly and cook the thinly sliced garlic with the peppers and onions until soft and fragrant (at least 5 minutes). Season vegetables with salt and pepper
- Add in tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add in crushed tomatoes and the jar or cups of tomato sauce, and allow sauce to simmer on low for at about 30 minutes. Add in cooked sausage and let cook another 10 minutes to meld the flavors together. Preheat oven
- While the sauce cooks, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta
- Toss the pasta and meat sauce together in the large baking dish. Top with shredded mozzarella and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.
Finishing Touches - always optional!: You can freshly grate your favorite parmesan on top, sprinkle with chopped basil or parsley, and serve with hot crusty French bread or your favorite Italian garlic bread.
Prep Tips and Time Saver Tricks: This meal freezes beautifully. Cook it up for dinner one night and freeze half for dinner later when you don't have time to cook. Just take out the night before, allow to thaw in the fridge, and then bake in the oven for 30 minutes to reheat thoroughly.