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One-Pot American Beef Goulash

One-Pot American Beef Goulash: An easy and delicious pasta recipe for the entire family!

8-10 servings

2 pounds lean ground beef
2 large yellow onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups water
one (29 ounce) can) tomato sauce
one (28-ounce) can small diced tomatoes
splash of dry red wine
1/4 cup half and half
3 bay leaves
3 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for serving
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
—serve with
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat while sauteeing. Spoon off any grease.
Add the onions and garlic to the pot and saute until they are tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, red wine, bay leaves, soy sauce, salt and parsley. Stir well.
Place a lid on the pot and allow this mixture to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, simmer for about 30 minutes.
Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes longer before serving.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Veggie Lasagna

Enjoy this rustic and delicious Simple One-Pot Cast Iron Skillet Veggie Lasagna recipe as soon as you can. A hearty, healthy dinner option for busy families looking for weeknight meal solutions.

6 servings

1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 (100g) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
3 cups jarred marinara sauce (your favorite)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 lb uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into 1 1/2 – 2 inch pieces
1 cup partly whole milk ricotta cheese
4 slices sliced mozzarella cheese
chopped fresh Italian parsley for serving

Heat oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and cook about 6 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Cook another 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach, cook another 2 minutes.
Pre heat the broiler.
Add the marinara, broth and lasagna noodles. It’s OK if some of the noodles are sticking out of the pan. Increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the skillet and continue to cook for 20-25 minutes until the noodles are are al dente. Stir the pasta once half way through cook time.
Top the lasagna with 1/4 cup scoops of ricotta. Place the mozzarella on top of the ricotta. Broil for about 5 minutes until the mozzarella cheese turns golden brown. Sprinkle some chopped parsley over the top and serve in the skillet.

Try this rustic and delicious Simple One-Pot Cast Iron Skillet Veggie Lasagna recipe as soon as you can. A hearty, healthy dinner option for busy families looking for weeknight meal solutions.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skinny Chickpeas with Tikka Masala Sauce

Skip the Indian restaurant, you can make this delicious recipe any time you are craving a vegetarian Tikka Masala.

4 servings

2 tbsp canola oil or unsalted butter
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (from a can)
1 cup light coconut milk
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp chili powder
juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
basmati rice or naan for serving

Heat the oil or butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 3 minutes, add the ginger, cook another 3 minutes until onions are golden brown. Add the garlic, cook another minute then add the tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes, stirring well. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
At this point you can puree the sauce in a food processor or blender…or not. Just depends if you prefer a silky smooth sauce. If you pureed it, return the sauce to the skillet. Add in the chickpeas and heat over medium heat until simmering.
Top with fresh cilantro & serve immediately with rice of naan.

This sauce tastes even better the day after you cook it! This gives time for all the flavors to marry beautifully.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Patatas Bravas

These hash brown style, aioli drenched potatoes hail from Spain. They are traditionally served as bar snacks.

3 russet potatoes
olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
3/4 cup full fat mayonnaise
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp smoked paprika
a few dashes Tabasco
splash of sherry vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Italian parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pierce holes in the potatoes with a sharp knife. Place on a plate and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes to soften. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
In a 12 inch cast iron skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. When it’s hot add the onion, cook 3 minutes. Add the garlic cook another minute. Add the tomatoes and cook a few minutes until they begin to burst, stirring to soften them quicker.
In the bowl of a food processor add the mayonnaise, tomato paste, smoked paprika, Tabasco and sherry vinegar. Add the tomato mixture. Pulse until well combined.
In the same pot you cooked the onions in (do not rinse) add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the potatoes for 5 minutes until golden brown. Toss with tongs to make sure all sides cook. Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet, place in a single layer and bake for about 10 minutes until crispy.
Place the potatoes back in the skillet, over low heat mix in the aioli. Continue to cook until warmed through.
Serve immediately topped with fresh parsley.

I like to leave the skin on, I feel it adds more flavor. You can peel the potatoes if you prefer.

~ Marla Meridith