Goluptious Country Goulash

No Frills GoulashThere was a brief chill in the air last week. After 80 plus degree weather, a 60 degree day felt like Fall. I decided to make my Blimpy Girl Goulash for dinner. A slice of hard crusted bread spread with low-fat buttery goodness completed the dish. It was great dish to eat while curled up on the sofa (with a soft comforter and glass of red wine) watching a Netflix movie. I was in heaven.

Ok, let’s start with the name of this dish. Why Goluptious? First, it’s fun to say. Additionally, the word means “delightful, luscious” and that is exactly how I would describe this easy-to-make goulash dish. I’ve never been a big fan of goulash, but I give my seal of approval on this one. Maybe it’s the added zip from the ground red pepper. Even the “wine guy” had two helpings.

Slow cook over low heat to simmer in the flavors.Ground sirloin is the best meat to use since it is very lean. I didn’t even have to drain the cooked meat. ***Big Smile***.

Of course, whole wheat elbow macaroni is a better choice if you can find it. I used standard elbow macaroni in my recipe. Whole wheat will lower calories/fat intake.


Here’s the easy-peasy recipe (that’s what my grandson calls all things he believes to me easy).


  • 1 to 1/4 pound ground sirloin beef, cooked, drained.
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni (pre-cook per package directions). Rinse and drain.
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used red garlic vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pinches of red ground pepper (about 1/8 teaspoon). Use more if you like a spicy zing.
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to tasteMeat sauce simmering on stove top.
  • 3 Tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese

How To

Crumble ground sirloin into a Dutch oven pan and cook over medium-heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic once meat has started to brown. Drain off any excess grease.

Add crushed tomatoes, seasonings, vinegar, water and noodles to the meat mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Sprinkle grated Parmesan on top of each serving.

 Makes (8-10) one cup servings. Add 1/2 cup more water if to ensure a serving for 10. Hard crusted bread with low-fat butter/margarine is a perfect match for this hearty dish.

Now for the calorie count. A one cup serving is in the neighborhood of 155 calories. Add a slice of hard crusted bread… another 90 calories. A pat (1 teaspoon) of low fat butter is only 30 calories.

An incredible meal for well under 300 calories. Add a yummy green side salad and you will still be around the 300 calorie mark.




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