138.0…Mom’s Goulash

We are big pasta lovers at our house. I came across a recipe that was a cross between lasagna and penne pasta with meat sauce. Looked like a winner to me!

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I was right! It was delicious and easy to make.

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Mom’s Goulash (Serves 6-8)

Recipe from Annie’s Eats


1 lb. ground sirloin (or ground turkey)
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
Kosher salt
1/3 cup water
1 lb. tube pasta, such as penne
1 cup sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
½ cup chopped green onions
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • Preheat the oven to 375.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13" baking dish.

  • Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium heat, crumbling it up as it cooks.  Drain off the excess fat, if necessary.  When the meat is no longer pink, stir in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, basil, oregano, and salt to taste.  Stir in the water.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil.  Cook the pasta just until al dente.  Drain well and set aside.

  • In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, and egg.  Mix well to blend.  Stir in the green onions.

  • To assemble, spread a very thin layer of the sauce mixture over the bottom of the baking dish.  Top with half of the pasta.  Spread half of the sour cream mixture over the pasta, then top with half of the remaining sauce.   Repeat layers with the remaining pasta, sour cream mixture and sauce.  Sprinkle shredded mozzarella evenly over the top.

  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbling.  Let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.

Printable Recipe

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Along with a Caesar salad, it was a fabulous meal! I froze the leftovers to enjoy at a later date.

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In the middle of the night I received a phone call from my mom saying that my dad was being moved back to the ICU and was going downhill fast. Fortunately I was already packed because I had planned to go there the next morning. I drove to the hospital and arrived around 3AM. It was a long and stressful night (morning?) but eventually they were able to stabilize him. I went down the cafeteria for breakfast.

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Egg white omelet with cheese and lots of hot sauce. After breakfast I went back to my parent’s house to get a bit of sleep. A couple of hours later my mom called again to get back to the hospital.

Again the doctors were able to stabilize him. I went down for a quick lunch.

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Sushi. It hit the spot.

As the day wore on, things seemed a bit better with my dad. My brother, his wife and I went across the street for dinner at Suriya Thai. We shared a few dishes.

Chili Pepper Fried Rice with pork:

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Ka Paow with chicken (onion, bell pepper, fresh mint leaves and chili):

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Suriya Noodles (stir-fried rice noodles with chili, onions, tomatoes and fresh mint leaves on a bed of lettuce):

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Everything was delicious especially the noodles! 

I hung out at the hospital for a bit and then went back to my parents’ house to sleep. After a great night’s sleep, I went to the hospital and grabbed some breakfast with my mom.

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English muffin with peanut butter and a fruit cup.

The doctors decided to send my dad down for a scan to see where the bleeding was coming from. They were able to locate it so he went for another procedure to seal up the spot. After waiting tensely for over two hours, the doctor came out and told us he was able to stop the bleeding. Best news ever. He’s still not out of the woods yet and complications could arise but we are happy and hopeful.

During the procedure, I went down to the cafeteria to grab some clam chowder for lunch. I ate it in the waiting room.

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My brother and Stephanie are on their way to the hospital. I’m looking forward to celebrating the good news with my family tonight!

Any fun weekend plans?


  1. Wow, what an emotional roller coaster Mel! Hang in there - so glad they were able to stop the bleeding and your Dad is doing better. Hugs!

  2. Goodness your poor dad has been on a rollercoaster! Hope he continues to get better - and fast! no fun being sick and in the hospital. Your food still looks yum, however :) hope it's a great week for you all!


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