Monday, April 26, 2010

Paula Deen's Lean: Bobby's Goulash

As I write this post, I have a very happy tummy since I just finished off some left-over Goulash for lunch. This stuff is unreal...even the day after! My husband kept saying, "What is in this?!?! It is so good! What's that flavor?!?" Well, it's a whole lot of things, but one thing it's not is an unhealthy meal!
There wasn't much I had to do to make this lean (Nice work Paula!). Believe it or not, there was no butter in it for me to leave out. So what did I do? Just by choosing lean ground beef, using whole-wheat noodles and low-sodium soy salt, this dish made an easy transition into the cookin' lean category. Thanks for another great dish, Paula! Check out Paula's recipe here.

Serves 3 (I cut Paula's recipe in half.)

1/2 tablespoon Paula Deen House Seasoning (see bottom of page for recipe)
1.5 tablespoons LOW-SODIUM soy sauce
1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1.5 cup water
1 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 lbs lean (95/5) ground beef
1/2 tablespoon Paula Deen Seasoned Salt
1 cups WHOLE-WHEAT elbow macaroni, uncooked

In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat while sauteing. Spoon off any grease. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1.5 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, soy sauce, House Seasoning, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

Everything about this dish was fabulous! I think it may have had a little to do with Paula's line of spices that I was able to use. My sister gave me a late Christmas gift just last week; a collection of Paula Deen sauces and spices. Most of the time I make do with what I have, so it was fun to actually use her stuff. If you are interested in trying this recipe as is, you can find her spices at

I hope you decide to give this a try. It is an easy recipe that everyone can enjoy! Plus, it makes for great left-overs.

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving):  441.3 calories;  9.04g fat;  49.21g carbohydrate;  40.67g protein;  7.47g fiber


  1. OMG... it's my high school cafeteria! That is a good thing, I remember some great food out of those ladies... but that was decades and decades ago when school food was cooked on site.



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