Ovation: Granny’s Goulash & Boil-In-Bag Pasta.

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I come from a long line of pasta lovers. I had grandparents who were young children during the Great Depression and, consequently, had learned to stretch a food budget to a maximum. Although my family is not of Italian descent, pasta has always been an economical means to prepare a filling meal on a tight budget.

One particular dish that I remember quite fondly was my grandmother's "goulash". I thought it was the most wonderful and fantastic meal that anyone had ever created. It was consistently fantastic each time that she made it and I would eat and eat until I couldn't swallow another mouthful. While my other grandmother would prepare fabulous Sunday meals of roast beef and mashed potatoes, I remember Granny's Goulash just as fondly.

(I just closed my eyes and could almost taste it again.)

I thought my grandmother was the pasta equivalent of Julia Child. When I was finally old enough to ask for her recipe so that I might try to make it on my own, I was flabbergasted to learn that she wasn't the kitchen genius that I had worshipped throughout my childhood.

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19 months ago: Whoops!
They say that 4 tsps of tomato paste a day lowers cholesterol and promotes heart health. I don't think I could eat 4 tsps a day plain, but I use it to make sauce a couple of times a week. I use the Cento Marzano canned tomatoes.
Expensive but taste 100% better. Grown in Italy in volcanic soil. Of course, my daughter tells me it is probably radioactive. I don't think so at least I hope not. I don't care anyway.
Goulash looks pretty good. Do you want to share the recipe or is it a family secret?
I'll make it.
19 months ago: We sat down at a table with about 30 people every Sunday.
The course was first spaghetti and meatballs and then roasted chicken with potatoes.
I don't remember which came first, but those were the days.
19 months ago: Oh, I saw the recipe. Probably she put a lot of love into it. That's the secret ingredient. Now my Mother made roast beef that she cooked perfectly in the oven. She judged how long it would take.
I still can't do it like she did.
19 months ago: It must be close to dinner time.
19 months ago: Pasta Fagioli (Italian) Substitute beef for the beans.
Similar to the goulash.
19 months ago: I don't think that would work. I meant Pastaffazool
19 months ago: You got me talking about this. Pastafazool. My Dad made this.
•1 tbsp olive oil
•1 onion, diced
•4 cloves garlic, minced
•3 tbsp tomato paste
•1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
•1 bay leaf
•salt and black pepper to taste
•red pepper flakes to taste
•1 quart chicken or beef stock (more if needed)
•1 cup water
•1 pound Italian sausage, cooked and cut into slices
•2 cups dry pasta (Elbow, Penne, Shells, Orecchiette, etc.)
•2 cans (14 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
•1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
•grated Parmesan cheese to garnish, optional
In a soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium flame; add the onions, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent. Add the garlic, tomato paste, dried herbs, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes; sauté for 2 minutes more.

Add the stock, water, and sausage; bring to a simmer over med-high heat, and add the pasta. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Add the beans and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until they are heated through. Turn off heat, stir in parsley, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Note: If you want a thinner soup, simply add more stock to the soup when you add the beans.
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19 months ago: I closed my eyes and made these comments. Ha

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