Mushroom Goulash--A Dinnertime Favorite
Simple to Make, Yet So Tasty
Easy-to-Make and so Tasty
This is one of the easiest dishes ever to make and yet it tastes so very good. With so few ingredients, it's surprising it has the flavor it does, but it's simply delicious. When I first heard what went into it, I couldn't see that it would be anything special, that is, until I tasted it. A couple of bites and I was hooked and in short order, this dish became a family favorite. Whenever we wanted something easy and tasty, we always made mushroom goulash. And I'm happy to share this recipe with readers.
As I touched on, mushroom goulash uses few ingredients, yet it has an unbeatable flavor. Best of all, it can be made top-of stove with minimal effort or time. It is every bit as good the next day when reheated and can be frozen for additional meals. Whenever I make it, I make a huge pot, for a plentiful supply of delicious left-overs.
Think of crispy fried hamburger and soft velvety broad noodles covered with creamy mushroom gravy. Now add in lots of garlic, and magic happens. It is the combo of those last two ingredients that gives this dish its distinctive flavor. It's not hard to see why this goulash is a favorite supper dish with many others, as well.
The flavors improve as goulash sits, so it is even better when reheated for subsequent meals. It really doesn't get much better than this.
The Marriage of Mushroom and Garlic Creates Mealtime Magic
The creamy mushroom soup and the garlic make a fab combo.
Grab a fry pan and a large pot and you are ready to begin.
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 2-6 cloves garlic
- 2-3 cans creamy mushroom soup
- sliced mushrooms, to preference
- 1 pkg. broad or egg noodles
- garlic powder, to preference
- pepper, to taste
You Start With Cooked Hamburger
Making Mushroom Goulash
Brown 1/2-1 lb. of ground beef. Add in (2-6 cloves of crushed garlic) and continue cooking. Break up hamburger with a fork while it cooks. Add sliced mushrooms if you have them on hand and continue frying. Make sure the hamburger is well-cooked and slightly crispy. Drain off grease. Sprinkle pepper over meat mixture.
Add in 2-3 cans of Campbell's mushroom soup. Do not add water and do not substitute for a cheaper brand of soup. The Campbell's mushroom soup is creamier than other brands.
Stir carefully and allow to cook, so that no soup lumps remain and all is smooth and thick.
While the mushroom soup and meat mixture are slowly cooking, cook up a package of flat broad noodles.
When noodles are cooked, drain them and return to large pot.
Add the meat and mushroom soup mixture. And stir well to combine all ingredients.
Check for flavor and if needed, add some garlic powder. Garlic is an important part of the flavor of this dish, so don't be afraid to use lots of it.
When ready to serve, grate some fresh pepper over top.
Cook Up One Package of Noodles
As goulash sits, it absorbs the mushroom gravy, so if you want to make it creamy again, add in another can of mushroom soup and heat again.
If you've made a large batch for a crowd, and want to reheat it without the noodles becoming too large or soft from overcooking, place all in a large enamel roasting pan and heat open-faced in oven. Check to make sure that contents don't stick to pan bottom and stir occasionally.
The noodles, as they sit, tend to absorb flavor, so when reserving, give a flavor boost by adding more garlic powder.
Leftover goulash can also be refried on top-of-stove. Add oil to a fry pan and heat, then add goulash.
- Goulash makes a perfect quick Friday night meal. Make lots of it and serve it over the weekend.
- This is a good dish for entertaining. You'll have lots and it's inexpensive.
- Make a large batch of goulash, pop it into a large roasting pan, and take it to a potluck.
Meatless Mushroom Goulash
If you are a vegetarian, and still would like to make goulash, simply substitute a pkg. or two of vegetable protein "Just Like Beef" mixture in place of the hamburger. This can be fried in an oil of your choosing and crushed garlic added.
If you are vegan, substitute the egg noodles for eggless noodles and instead of mushroom soup, make your own mushroom sauce to add to your goulash.
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