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This Easy Goulash with Corn & Kidney Beans is so simple and delicious, it will become a go-to on your weekly menu. It satisfies even the pickiest tastes.
Hello! This is my first contributing post on Yellow Bliss Road, and I’m so excited to be sharing one of my recipes with you guys every month. The team Kristin has compiled is so talented, I’m honored to be a part of it, and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to bring, as well.
I had never heard of goulash before a little over a year ago. My father-in-law, when asked what his favorite meal is, said it was goulash, so I started doing a little research on what that is. Turns out, it’s a very simple pasta recipe that has many variations. His favorite includes corn and kidney beans, so I came up with my own version around the one his mom use to make him when he was younger.
This Easy Goulash really reminds me of bolognese, which is one of my favorite things in the whole world. My daughter loves meatballs, so we call this “pasta with meatball sauce” when speaking to her about what we’re having for dinner.
Really, this dish is what you’d call an American Goulash. Hungarian Goulash is a whole different thing, although tasty in it’s own right. The Hungarian kind is more of a soup or stew and it uses other spices such as paprika.
In this Easy Goulash with Corn & Kidney Beans, I use only garlic, bay leaves and salt and pepper as seasonings. So, it’s incredibly simple to throw together on a busy weeknight when you are in need of an easy dinner idea. You could even use granulated garlic instead of fresh garlic, which would do away with some of the chopping and make it even easier. If you do that, I would use ½ tsp of granulated garlic in place of the fresh garlic. Either way, you’ll have a family favorite on your hands!
Easy Goulash with Corn
- 1 box of your favorite pasta
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can sweet corn drained
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium sweet onion diced
- 24 oz tomato puree
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Put your pot of water for the pasta on to boil.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes until it begins to soften.
- Add the ground beef to the skillet with the onions and break it up into little pieces with a wooden spoon.
- Saute the onion and ground beef for ten minutes, until the onions are soft and translucent and the ground beef is browned.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine. Place a lid on the skillet and let it simmer while your pasta is cooking. You can let it simmer for as long as you want, as the flavors will continue to develop the longer it cooks. Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from burning.
- When the water is boiling, salt it with 1 tablespoon of salt and then add your pasta. Cook according to package directions.
- When the pasta is done, spoon some onto a plate or bowl and ladle a large scoop of goulash over the top. Enjoy!
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
For more easy dinner ideas, try these:
Easy Weeknight Pasta with Meat Sauce
Chicken & Black Bean Baked Tacos
Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies & Chicken Sausage
For more Easy Weeknight Meals go HERE , for all Dinner recipes go HERE and for the Recipe Index go HERE.
Good, hearty comfort-food type meal! I did add about a Tbsp of dark brown sugar and about 1/4tsp of smoked paprika as it simmered since it tasted a little bland and tomato-y to me, but it was still really good! We topped it with a little parm and served it up with garlic bread! Yum!