Skillet Cheesy Goulash
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
FABULOUS Skillet Meal - perfect for a busy weeknight meal! We are freezing the base of the meal with the browned ground beef and tomato sauce. After it has been frozen, we will reheat the sauce and then stir in the pasta and stock and let that cook in the skillet. Once the pasta has soaked up all the liquid and flavor from the sauce, then you can stir in the cheese and let it melt into this delicious goulash. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 12 - oz. small shell pasta noodles**
  • 2 1/2 - cup(s) beef stock**
  • 2 - cup(s) shredded cheddar cheese**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to skillet.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to bubbling in the skillet.
  3. Stir in the small shell pasta noodles with the beef stock. (You could use chicken stock or water, if preferred.)
  4. Bring to bubbling again, then cover with tight fitting lid, and let pasta cook for 10 minutes, or al dente. Immediately remove from heat, so the pasta doesn't overcook.
  5. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese into the beefy pasta, and stir through to get it all melted.
  6. Prepare veggies.
  7. Serve Skillet Cheesy Goulash with side of veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Open 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned beef, cooled
  • Half of the canned black beans, drained
  • Half of the canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Do not add pasta, beef stock or cheese to the freezer baggie.

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet for reheating. Once warmed through, stir in the pasta noodles with the beef stock, cover with lid and cook pasta for 10 minutes. Stir in the cheese and let melt.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when garnishes are omitted.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when you use gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Skillet Cheesy Goulash

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat in skillet. Once warmed through, stir in the pasta noodles with the beef stock, cover with lid and cook pasta for 10 minutes. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and let melt.
Serve with veggies.

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