Goulash is one of those meals that the name sounds a bit off putting if you ask me.  It sounds sloppy.  More like something a pig would eat rather than something I would want on my dinner table.

Poor goulash.  It really doesn’t deserve a bad rap.  It’s actually super tasty!
This is a dish that my mom would make quite frequently in the summertime when I  was a kid, when fresh tomatoes were at their peak of ripeness and taste.  Truthfully though,  I didn’t appreciate it as a kid like I do now.  You see, I had a serious dislike for tomatoes, even fresh juicy garden tomatoes.  I could never understand what all the fuss was about.

BLTs?  Sure!  I loved them, as long as you would hold the tomato.  I preferred a BLM (bacon, lettuce, and mayonnaise).

Oh my how times have changed.  Now I grow six tomato plants in my backyard.  They are a top priority when it comes to which crops we will plant in the garden.  You better believe we’ll be growing tomatoes every single year.

I check on my precious tomatoes every single day, waiting for their skins to change from a lovely green to a vibrant red, just screaming to be picked.

Simple goulash recipe with fresh garden tomatoes, peppers, onions, and herbs.

My daughter absolutely loves them, especially cherry tomatoes.  We barely get any cherry tomatoes that actually make it into the house because she eats the ripe ones straight off the vines as an afternoon snack.  The three year old is not so convinced.  Maybe he’ll be like his momma and eventually come to love them with age.

While those summer tomatoes and peppers are in season, you should definitely make this dish.  If you are gluten free, just use your favorite gluten free macaroni.  If you are grain free, this might work with zoodles (zucchini noodles).

Time saving tip:  For easy peeling of tomatoes, score an “x” in the bottom of the tomatoes.  Before cooking the pasta, place tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute.  Remove and place in ice water.  Skins should slip right off.  In the same boiling water, cook your pasta.

Summertime goulash
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Summertime goulash

Goulash: a simple summer dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 green pepper diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 small onion diced (about 3/4 c)
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 3 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes peeled and diced (about 4 tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp organic sugar
  • macaroni about 3 1/2 to 4 cups cooked
  • handful of fresh herbs chopped
  • pepper to taste


  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain any grease if there is any. If you use grassfed beef there will be minimal grease.
  2. Add onion and pepper to ground beef and saute until tender.
  3. Add garlic and fresh tomatoes, salt and sugar.
  4. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes until most of the tomatoes are broken down, but there are still some chunks of tomatoes that remain.
  5. Taste for seasonings, and adjust to your liking.
  6. Add cooked macaroni and stir to combine.
  7. Add fresh chopped herbs and serve immediately.