Simple, Homemade Healthy Goulash/Spaghetti

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    First off, I’d like to thank all of you for the love and support I’ve received lately, due to my last post. I’m working on those things personally now, and I’ll update you at a later point.  If you emailed me, and I haven’t emailed you back yet, please know I really do appreciate your email, I just haven’t found the time to reply yet. 🙂   

Also, I apologize for the lack of posts.  School and things have been pretty crazy here lately. I have a ton of recipes to post for you! It’s just finding the time to post them. 😦 Any volunteers? lol.  Thanks for your patience! They’ll be up as soon as I can get to them! 🙂       

               Tonight I made homemade goulash. This was quite a staple in our house at home. I’m testing tomatoes, so I figured this would be a great dish to try it with.

             Goulash is just like spaghetti except you use macaroni noodles and mix it all together instead of just topping the pasta with the sauce. Or you could serve it like spaghetti and just pour the sauce over. Another great way to serve it without meat, is to just use a fried egg.

              I can’t have beef right now so I made “ground chicken” with my free range, no hormones/antibiotics/etc chicken. It’s really simple and easy….and very frugal. To learn how to make your own, simply read my post on it here. 🙂 Plus, this way, you control the fat content in your meat (ie. really low fat if you cut the fat off the meat and use the white meat.)

Side note: I apologize that the pictures aren’t the best quality. My camera broke and I had to purchase a really old second hand one to get me through until I can afford a better one. Also, apparently the date got screwed up on these too. 🙂

September 2010 029 My homemade ground chicken

        I boiled the noodles and made the sauce. I usually follow more of my mom’s recipe for sauce, but just made it simple and used a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes with basil. I added garlic and parsley to it.

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My sauce (with the “ground chicken” in it)

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Bon Appétit! (Pictures of it mixed in or just served over the top)

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Ready for the recipe? Yeah? Me too. 🙂

Homemade Goulash or Spaghetti 

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  • 3 chicken breasts (to become “ground chicken”– my recipe makes  approximately 1-1/3 c. cooked ground chicken and I used a little over half of it…but you can use as much as you want) OR sub up to 1-1/3 c. ground meat
  • approximately 1/2 of a 16 oz bag of pasta (I used Tinkayda brown rice elbows) –You can use spaghetti, elbows, or any other kind. 🙂
  • 1-28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (I used Natural Directions Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil)
  • minced garlic
  • parsley


Boil pasta. While pasta is boiling, prepare ground chicken.  To the cooked ground chicken, add your sauce. Sprinkle with desired amount of garlic and parsley. Warm. Serve over noodles or combine with noodles for goulash.

Enjoy! This would be great along with garlic bread and green salad.

Serves: 4-5 people

  • Need another, quick and easy, healthy dinner? Try my Sloppy Joes. You could use the same method you learned about making your own ground chicken and use it to make the Sloppy Joes. I may just have to do that myself soon! Or try: Chicken Noodle Soup (in the Crockpot even!), Fish Sticks, Chicken Nuggets,
  • Looking for a fun way to encourage your kids to eat salad with this or other dinners? Try my Funny Face Salad.


  1. Stop apologizing, dear. We love you and your goulash! 😉 Pics are fine. 🙂


  2. Beth

    Hi Ari,

    Welcome back! Don’t beat yourself up. I didn’t read your last post until now (I got married — ahh!!) but I think Shirley may be right. Sometimes your body is trying to tell you something and it’s just a matter of figuring out what that something is. It sounds like you’re in the process of figuring it all out, so just take care of yourself! Don’t worry about posting so often — when you do, we’ll all still be here! : )

    But it’s good to see your posts when you do! The sauce looks delish. I’m Hungarian, so Goulash speaks to my soul. I bet I could make this vegan, too. Yum!

    Take care,


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