Easy Goulash with Corn + Kidney Beans is an easy weeknight dinner that is comforting and simple to make. It is sure to please everyone at your table!
My little family currently lives with my husband’s parents. They are amazing and selfless and have completely opened up every inch of their home to us and our two little girls while we work on a transition elsewhere. Our stuff is everywhere and with a 4 year old and 20 month old who are not in school or daycare, everything is a mess most of the time.
I do my very best to make things neat and livable, and I truly believe they would rather have us here for the time that we are than have a spick and span home, but it still makes me crazy that we are intruding into their life with our disasters and schedules. So, I try to give back in my little ways. One of those ways is to cook food that I know they like. Enter Easy Goulash with Corn + Kidney Beans.
I asked my father-in-law what is favorite meal is and found out that his mom use to make this pasta dish called Goulash. I had never heard of it before. I did some research and found out that it’s a very simple pasta recipe that has many variations. His favorite includes corn and kidney beans (like mom use to make) so I came up with my own version with a few more spices and some jazz.
This Easy Goulash really reminds me of bolognese, which is one of my favorite things in the whole world. My daughter loves meatballs, so we call this “pasta with meatball sauce” when speaking to her about what we’re having for dinner.
Really, this dish is what you’d call an American Goulash. Hungarian Goulash is a whole different thing, although tasty in it’s own right. The Hungarian kind is more of a soup or stew and it uses other spices such as paprika.
In this Easy Goulash with Corn & Kidney Beans, I use only garlic, bay leaves and salt and pepper as seasonings. So, it’s incredibly simple to throw together on a busy weeknight when you are in need of an easy dinner idea. You could even use granulated garlic instead of fresh garlic, which would do away with some of the chopping and make it even easier still. If you do that, I would use 1/2 tsp of granulated garlic in place of the fresh garlic. Either way, you’ll have a family favorite on your hands!
I would love to hear about your favorite childhood meals! What did your mom make that still takes you back to the dinner table when you were 9? Tell me in the comments so I can share in your nostalgia 🙂
Easy Goulash with Corn + Kidney Beans is my original recipe and was first posted on Yellow Bliss Road by myself as a guest blogger.
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