Hello guys, and happy fall! From what I’ve heard, the west coast is still super warm, but here in Wisconsin it is most definitely fall. Today it’s a brisk 45℉ out, and I had to break out my winter coat. Yikes. In weather like this, I generally only crave one thing: comfort food. And, boy, does this recipe scream comfort food!
When I was a kid, my mom made goulash all the time and I loved it. It’s easy, filled with delicious carbs to keep me going, and is super tasty! (Note: this is an Americanized version of the traditional Hungarian/European dish, it is nonetheless delicious!) When I went vegetarian nearly 6 years ago, I still wanted to eat it, but the original recipe she used called for beef. So, the chef my mom thought up a veg version and I’ve been enjoying it ever since!
Not only is this a super easy meal – it comes together in less than 15 minutes – but it’s also surprisingly healthy. There is no oil, and it is comprised of very simple ingredients. In the future, I plan on testing a gluten-free version where I sub the pasta for lentils, perhaps, or another whole grain like barley (which would make it even healthier!). But for now, enjoy this classic version that will soon become your favorite cold weather meal – I promise!
- 1 28 oz can of whole, peeled tomatoes
- 1 15 oz can of chili beans (do not rinse and drain)
- 1 dry cup of your favorite pasta (I like mini farfalle!)
- ½ cup water (add more if you want goulash a little thinner)
- 2 tsp chili powder (add more or less to taste)
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- Pour tomatoes into a pan (preferably a deep sauté pan like this one), pierce with a knife, and crush with a fork to your desired consistency.
- Once tomatoes are crushed, add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
- Place pan onto a burner and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn heat down to medium low and simmer until pasta is cooked and mixture is thickened to desired consistency.
There you have it, an quick and easy meal made from ingredients that are super easy to always have on hand – so you never have to go without a satisfying and comforting meal! And the best part? It makes 2-3 servings, so you will definitely have leftovers (which I always appreciate because that means at least one future meal I don’t have to worry about making.
ALSO, to let you all in on a little secret about me: I am the biggest fan of comfort food you’ll ever meet, and I am determined to recreate healthier, vegan alternatives for all the comfort food classics we know and love. So watch out for mac & cheese, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and more! Together, I will help you ditch animal products (if you haven’t already!) while still enjoying all the foods you love. And yes, it is possible, I promise! 😉 Not only will my recipes be vegan, but they will be healthier and less nutrient dense than the classic versions – meaning YOU get to eat MORE!! And who wouldn’t want that?
What comfort food do you most want to see me recreate??