If you are one of the hundreds of people who have ever stopped by my Grandma's house at noon, you know that she will feed you. It doesn't matter how many people walk through that door, they will not go hungry.
We ate dinner at Grandma's house a LOT, especially in the summer. This dish is one of my favorites. And my brother's favorites. And my sister's.
Ask pretty much anyone and they will say, "oh, yeah, your grandma's goulash is incredible." Yes, that is a direct quote.
When I called her and asked her for the recipe, she was incredibly flattered. She always is when I ask her how to make something. I told her I needed to know what her secret ingredient was. She just laughed and said it wasn't really a secret. That's how it is with a lot of things she makes. There's really no secret to it, it's just that she will use one ingredient different than anyone else, and that makes all the difference.
Add a can of tomatoes (diced, whole, chopped, it doesn't matter) and a can of tomato sauce to a pound of browned ground beef. Then add in "a little bit of brown sugar." This is what makes it special. I used about 2 tablespoons.Mix all that together and add in cooked macaroni. Grandma always uses the large macaroni, and she said I could use any kind I wanted. Really, though, if you are going to make your grandma's recipe, go with what she uses. I used a half a package of the large macaroni.
Stir it all up.
So comforting. So wonderful.
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1 pound ground beef, browned
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 cups large macaroni, cooked
Mix it all together. Enjoy.