American Goulash (Slimming World friendly)

This is an amazing one pot dinner, Really family friendly not too spicy but full of flavour all you need is a side salad or some steamed veg and you have a complete meal.

I found references to an American Goulash in a magazine and was intrigued so started looking at recipes and thought it could be easily adapted to make it Slimming World friendly.  It's economical too and this will generously feed four.

*TIP * I have started buying frozen soup base vegetable mixes to use in many recipes they contain celery, carrot and onion chopped really finely and save a lot of time chopping up vegetables. I buy mine in ASDA for £1 but have seen it in most of the major supermarkets it's well worth having in the freezer.

American Goulash

500g extra lean minced beef
250g dry macaroni
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 pint beef stock (from a cube is fine)
1/2 pack frozen soup base vegetables OR 1 carrot, 1 stick celery, 1 large onion all peeled and chopped finely
2 red peppers (deseeded and sliced)
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp dried oregano
low calorie spray oil
salt and pepper

Take a large stove top proof casserole dish or a large saucepan and place it over a medium heat. Spray with oil and add the vegetables (the soup base ones and the sliced peppers) and cook for about 5-10 minutes until they start to soften. If they start to stick just splash in a little water.

Add the minced beef and continue to cook breaking up any lumps and continue until browned and no longer pink you might need to put the heat up a bit. Now put in the oregano, paprika, tomato puree, tomatoes, beef stock, garlic and a teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Mix well and bring to the boil then put on a lid , reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Remove the lid and add the macaroni, Let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes and taste the macaroni to see if it's cooked though. Taste again to see if needs anymore salt and pepper.

Serves four and is syn free

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