Baking is therapeutic so it was difficult for me to let go the opportunity to return back to blogging. Our bi-annual month long mega marathon will see us blog for 26 out of the 30 days.
Our theme is any baked dish from around the world. In the last few months a few things changed in my kitchen - I got myself a huge refrigerator - which means I have more space to stock up my little packets of ingredients that I pick from all places that I visit. As a side effect, I have been making some new dishes quiet frequently. I am kicking off the mega marathon with the American goulash. Goulash is originally a popular stew from Hungary and lot of central European countries. The Americans have made a version of their own with the addition of macaroni or pastas , cheese and tomato sauce over paste and also they bake the dish after sauteing it in the pan to let the cooked ingredients blend into a beautiful stew/ The basic essence of a goulash in both American and Hungarian comes from the protein which is Beef. I replaced it with loads of vegetables and mushrooms.
Ingredients 1 cup macaroni / penne ( I used penne as my boys don't like macaroni) 1 cup tomato puree 2 tbsp tomato paste (grated tomotoes) 1 onion finely chopped 1 cup chopped vegetables of choice ( capsicum, mushrooms, carrots) 1 tspn herbs (marjoram, thyme) 1 tspn paprika 1 tspn garlic paste 1 tbsp Oil 1/2 cup grated processed cheese salt and pepper to taste Method, 1) Cook the pasta until al dente and set aside 2) In a pan which can be used in the oven later, heat some oil. 3) Add the onions , garlic paste. Saute until it is cooked. 4) Add the chopped vegetables and saute for 3-4 min on high flame 5) Add the tomato paste and puree and let it mix - no need to cook it further 6) Add the herbs, paprika, salt and pepper and mix well 7) Add the pasta and take off the stove 8) After the sauce settles down, top the stew with grated cheese 9) Place this in a preheated oven at 200 c for 10-12 min. If the quantity is doubled then you need to bake for longer time 10) Serve warm with some bread or on its own