Turkey Goulash

Well, I got one of those calls in the middle of the night that you never want to get. The kind that when you hear your phone ringing a room away at a haunted hour, you bolt straight up in bed, mind racing all over the place, fearing the absolute worst.

That happened to me early this morning. And I was right.

My sweet Memaw has passed on.

While it wasn’t a complete surprise, as she’s been very sick for the better half of two years, it still punches you in the gut when you realize she’s gone. GONE. Forever.

My Memaw absolutely ruled. She called everyone “dawlin'” and it sounded like sweet creamed butter. SHE was sweet creamed butter. I can’t even believe this.

So, I just don’t have it in me today to be…me.

I’ll just let these goulash pictures do my work for me. But I will say it is extremely delicious and comforting and you should definitely make it.

See you tomorrow.


I apologize if this hand crushing tomato picture grosses you out.





Turkey Goulash: (adapted from Rachael Ray)

What it took for 4:

* 3/4 pound elbow macaroni
* 1 pound ground turkey
* 1/2 white onion, grated or finely diced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. cumin
* 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
* 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
* 2 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves stripped from the stems
* 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes (or whole and you do the crushing yourself, like I did!)
* 3 Tbs. plain greek yogurt
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
* 1 tsp caraway seeds

Bring a large skillet to a medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, 6 minutes. Add the grated onion and toss to combine. Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, nutmeg and oregano. Saute another minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the yogurt and give another stir. Toss in some salt and pepper right now. Taste it. So good? So good.

In the meantime, cook the pasta until it reaches al dente. Drain and toss in the oil, most of the parsley, and the caraway seeds.

Add pasta to turkey mixture and toss to combine and coat everything.

Serve goulash garnished with more parsley!

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55 Responses to Turkey Goulash

  1. Kathryn March 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm #
    I'm so sorry for your loss Bev.
  2. Kelli March 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm #
    Bev I really loved my Mammaw, too and lost her a couple of years ago. I know exactly what you are going through. I'm so glad you have great memories of her to keep with you. They will bring you comfort. Hugs to you and your family.
  3. Julie @ Table for Two March 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm #
    I'm so sorry for your loss, Bev <3 this goulash looks great and comforting. Thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Much love <3
  4. Maryann Dubbs March 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm #
    so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that she now rest with the angels.
  5. Lisa [With Style and Grace] March 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm #
    Oh love I am so sorry for your loss! I'll be thinking of you and sending thoughts and prayers your way. Much love to you and your family right now. Love you sweet friend.
  6. Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm #
    Looks delicious!!
    • Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm #
      Oh dear, just realized what happened to you, I was so eager to comment on the food :( I feel horrible and I am really sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences Bev.
  7. amy @ fearless homemaker March 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    so so sorry for your loss, bev. sending hugs + love from nashville.
  8. Meagan Wied (AZestyBite) March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm #
    Sorry for your loss Bev. Prayers go out to you and your family!
  9. Hilah March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm #
    Boo. I'm so sorry, Bev. Memaws are the best. Thanks for posting this delicious food recipe, even thought I'm sure you'd rather be in bed. XO
  10. Ruth March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm #
    Sorry for your loss Bev... may your family find peace and comfort from the memories you have of Memaw.
  11. Heather March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm #
    I'm so sorry for you loss. Comfort food, sweatpants, and old pictures <3
  12. Katie March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm #
    Oohh sweet Memaw! So, so sorry to hear that. Hugs and love (and goulash) to you!
  13. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm #
    Oh Bev, I am so very very sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  14. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm #
    Oh, gosh. Bev, I'm so sorry--I certainly know how it feels to lose somebody like Memaw. Thinking of you and your family!
  15. Ashley@BakerbyNature March 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm #
    So sorry to hear about this :( My prayers are on you right now!
  16. Julia {The Roasted Root} March 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm #
    The first time I had goulash, I was a starving undergrad student and I LOVED it. The recipe was not nearly as healthy as yours, so I like that you bring nutrition to a dish that can have the reputation of being unhealthy. Looks awesome, thanks!
  17. Julie March 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm #
    Thoughts and hugs of comfort from Michigan.
  18. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm #
    So sorry for your loss! Losing a loved one, even when they have been sick is never easy. Your goulash looks stunning!
  19. Deanna B. March 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm #
    I'm so sorry Bev. My thoughts and prayers are with you, especially when I make this for dinner.
  20. Deborah March 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm #
    I'm so sorry about your loss - hugs going your way!
  21. Karin March 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm #
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  22. so sorry to hear about your loss Bev. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
  23. Heidi @foodiecrush March 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm #
    So sorry for you and your family, best wishes and thoughts to you. XO
  24. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm #
    Sweet Bev, I am so, so sorry for your loss. My heart is absolutely aching for you right now. Prayer, hugs, and love are being sent your way.
  25. Margarita March 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm #
    May she rest in peace. Thanks for sharing something delicious even on a sad day like this. Thoughts and prayers to your family...
  26. kimberlyloc March 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm #
    thinking about you, bev! i can just imagine a sweet, southern memaw smiling at you right now. take care sweets.
  27. Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm #
    Aw, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
  28. Bonnie K March 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm #
    Sorry about your Memaw. You'll have good memories. And yes, this recipe looks good. Great comfort food.
  29. EatLiveRun March 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm #
    Bev, I am so sorry....call me if you want to chat or just need to listen...I'm here for ya!
  30. Gleeful March 2, 2012 at 12:09 am #
    I'm sorry to hear the sad news. I admire that you still took the time to post something delicious. Deepest condolences.
  31. Cassie March 2, 2012 at 12:12 am #
    Oh Bev, my heart hurts for you. I hope you ate a bowl of this goulash to comfort your mind and heart!
  32. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 2, 2012 at 12:19 am #
    Love and hugs from me to you. I'm so very sorry Bev. As usual, your food looks mouthwateringly delicious. :)
  33. Kathleen Richardson March 2, 2012 at 1:22 am #
    I'm assuming Memaw is a grandmother. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for taking time out to post pictures and the recipe. We totally understanding if you have to take more time.
  34. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau March 2, 2012 at 1:37 am #
    Awww, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace in knowing she is in a better place.
  35. DessertForTwo March 2, 2012 at 1:48 am #
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Your Memaw was precious. Sending you good wishes, love, prayers & hugs.
  36. Kate March 2, 2012 at 3:33 am #
    I'm so sorry for your loss, Bev.
  37. nicole {sweet peony} March 2, 2012 at 4:26 am #
    I am so sorry for your loss, Bev. Sending you & your family love and hugs. xoxo
  38. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm #
    Awww. I'm so sorry. Even when we know it's coming it's hard. We had a scare with my grandma a couple weeks ago and I got just a little taste of how it will be. My heart goes out to you and your family.
  39. Amy March 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm #
    Catching up over here...so sorry to hear this, Bev :( My Nan died a few years ago at the age of 96. We were extremely close and I still miss her SO much. Even when you sort of expect it, the loss is enormous. (((hugs)))
  40. Michelle March 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm #
    I am so sorry for your loss. Just because you know it is coming doesn't make it any easier. I hope that you can find comfort in your wonderful memories together. xoxo
  41. Kelsey March 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm #
    Bev, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending warm thoughts and a big hug to you and your family.
  42. Melissa // thefauxmartha March 3, 2012 at 3:31 am #
    Thibking about you and sending extra prayers your way.
  43. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 3, 2012 at 5:11 am #
    I'n so sorry for your loss, Bev. Thinking of you and the family during this difficult time. Hugs.
  44. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 3, 2012 at 5:12 am #
    I'm not i'n
  45. Tessa March 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm #
    I am so sorry for your loss.
  46. Kara March 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm #
    Bev- I am very sorry to hear about your Memaw. Kara
  47. Megan @ Country Cleaver March 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm #
    So sorry about your Memaw, Bev. Hopefully sweet-cream memories of her will help get you through this difficulty time.
  48. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) March 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm #
    I'm so sorry Bev. Thoughts and love with you and yours. Xxx
  49. Jen March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm #
    So sorry for your loss! I'll keep you and your family in my prayers!
  50. Tracey Evans August 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm #
    So sorry about your Memaw... just seeing this post, searching for turkey recipes. This post is the answer to my prayers. Ground turkey in the fridge with no inspiration and now I have it! Thanks goodness you have a "search"! :)
  51. Sheryl August 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm #
    Thought you should know this website is using your picture as their own! http://www.recipepunch.com/turkey-goulash/


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