Beef Goulash

November 20, 1990|By Health fare

Ground beef comes to the rescue in this quick and easy entree. This dish, served with a fresh salad, would make a great cold-weather meal. Most cooks will need to buy only six ingredients to make this 30-minutes or less dinner.

WHAT YOU NEED

1 cup uncooked macaroni

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste

3/4 cup water

1 cup low-sodium ketchup

1 small bay leaf

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon basil

Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.

Brown beef with mushrooms, onion and garlic. Pour off fat. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer gently about 15 minutes. Add cooked, drained macaroni. Simmer five minutes. Remove bay leaf and serve.

-- Adapted from "The American Heart Association's Low Salt Cookbook" edited by Rodman D. Starke, Random House, 1990 -- $19.95.

Nutritional breakdown

Serves six: each serving has:

* Calories: 330

* Protein: 23 grams

* Carbohydrates: 39 grams

* Fat: 9 grams

* Saturated fat: 3 grams

* Cholesterol: 54 milligrams

* Sodium: 58 milligrams

Shopping list

* 1 cup uncooked macaroni

* 1 pound lean ground beef

* 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms

* 1 onion

* 1 clove garlic

* 1 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste

* Pantry: dried basil, dried oregano, bay leaf, black pepper, ketchup, sugar

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