Paula Deen’s – Bobby’s Goulash

There is a story for this recipe as there almost always seems to be.  I had planned on making Buttermilk fried chicken tonight but when I went to take the chicken out of the refrigerator it was still frozen solid!  After two days of “thawing” in the refrigerator I couldn’t even break the chicken into pieces.

Slight panic.  I plan my dinner menus 3-6 months in advance to try to not repeat dinners and to try to cut down on those items you only need for one or two recipes but making a few within a few weeks of each other.  I know a Pinterest recipe.  I sorted through what I had on hand and this one was perfect.  I had all the ingredients and it was a nice Fall evening.  It will be great.  All 4 and 5 stars in the reviews and it is from Paula Deen how bad can it be?

The recipe I used can be found at it is Paula Deen:  Bobby’s Goulash


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 28 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 16 oz. box elbow macaroni, uncooked


  1. Saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat while sauteing. Spoon off any grease.
  2. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, pepper, powdered garlic and seasoned salt. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 5-10 minutes more before serving.

If you look between the original recipe and the one above you can see I barely changed anything.  I did add more garlic because my family loves garlic and I left out 1 tablespoon of salt.

Still, this recipe was a big yawn for my family.  It wasn’t awful it just wasn’t great either.  I think because it was a Paula Deen recipe and I had read all the reviews I was expecting something with more “WOW” as far as flavor goes.  It was very blah.  Everyone said it tasted just like ordinary goulash.  Is that bad?  No, but I was expecting more.

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