Mushroom Goulash--A Dinnertime Favorite
Simple to Make, Yet So Very Tasty
A Delicious Dinner Dish
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 mushroom goulash, I couldn't see that it would be anything special--that is, until I tasted it. A couple of bites and I was hooked! In short order, this dish became a family favorite. Whenever we wanted something easy and very tasty, we always made mushroom goulash.
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. I'm happy to share this recipe with readers.
The Marriage of Mushroom and Garlic Creates Mealtime Magic
The creamy mushroom soup and the garlic make a fab combo.
Ready to Get Started?
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
Cook Up One Package of Noodles
Noodles in a Creamy Sauce
- Brown 1/2-1 lb. of ground beef. Break up hamburger while it cooks, so that it is loose and not in clumps. Drain off grease.
- Add in (2-6 cloves of crushed garlic) and continue cooking and stirring meat, so that it is well-cooked.
- Add sliced mushrooms (if you have them on hand) and continue frying. Mushrooms are optional and while they add a nice touch, you can still make this dish without them.
- Sprinkle pepper over the meat mixture.
- Add in 2-3 cans of Campbell's mushroom soup to the meat mixture. Important: 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 or egg noodles.
- When noodles are cooked, drain them and return to a large pot.
- Add the meat and mushroom soup mixture. 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 goulash, grate some fresh pepper over top.
Have You Tried Mushroom 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. It's inexpensive and a large pan can be easily made, so it's ideal if you are serving a crowd.
- Make a large batch of goulash, pop it into a large roasting pan, and take it to a potluck.
Did You Know?
A neat way to reheat a pasta dish is to place it an open-faced casserole dish and reheat in the oven. This curbs noodles becoming overly large and mushy.
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, greased 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 reheating, 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.
Every Bit as Tasty the Next Day
Have you had left-over goulash?
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.
Why You'll Savor the Flavor and Make This Dish Again and Again
We all know that some ingredients go together particularly well and certain flavor combinations produce truly remarkable results. As touched on in this article, this is true of mushroom and garlic. Flavorful enough on their own, when they are combined, the "taste factor" ramps up considerably. Add in "easy to make" and you've got a stand-by dish you can turn to for reliable and delicious results.
© 2008 Athlyn Green