First off I want to say a huge thank you to Amy for taking over the blog for the last two months. I was crazy and decided to get a part time job (I know, what was she thinking… when will you have time to sew, cook, have a glass of wine?!?!) Unfortunately for a part time job at the hospital in the next town over from me, or the town Amy lives in, you have to train full time every position for 6 weeks or more!! YIKES!! But lo and behold all my training is finished and I have time to contribute once again!
I have missed you all but of course my bestie has kept you all in great hands. So here is what I wanted to share with you all, the first “real” meal I have cooked for the family that didn’t involve a drive through and/or a frozen pizza.
Turkey Goulash – Tasha’s take on Paula Deen’s Bobby’s Goulash
2-3 lbs. Ground turkey
1 large onions
1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 cups water or your choice of stock
3 garlic cloves
Italian seasoning – oregano, basil, parsley, etc
3 bay leaves
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 package penne pasta (or your favorite type of pasta)
Paula likes to do a half turkey half ground beef mixture, but we are not a hamburger family so we did all turkey.
Sauté ground turkey in a large sauce pan, add seasoning and onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Once nicely browned add your water/stock (I used chicken stock) tomato sauce, tomatoes, garlic, additional seasonings, bay leaves, and soy sauce.
I know you are going, “soy sauce in goulash???? Is she out of her mind???” Just trust me and add it!!
Let cook on medium heat, covered, for 20-25 minutes.
15-20 minutes into the sauce simmering you will want to cook your pasta in a separate pot. Paula added the pasta to the sauce and let it all cook together, and I tried that once and it made everything super mushy and the pasta fell apart. I like my pasta more al dente so I cook it in a separate pot.
Remove bay leaves from the sauce and meat. If your large sauce pan is big enough add your pasta once cooked and drained, otherwise you will need to grab out a large bowl and stir it all together.
This fantastic pasta dish will need to cool for about 10-15 minutes otherwise you will be eating liquid hot lava!!
If you try this out and switch things up, please let me know how it turns out and what you have done different!