Eats: Vegetarian Salsa Goulash Bake10:37 AM
We have had a couple meals lately that were created by whatever was in the house, and this is one of them. This was really, really tasty, but probably not very healthy. So of course, Kyle loved it. I think if I make this again, I will try it with cheese substitute, because as much as I love cheese, it destroys my stomach *sobs*.
Anyway, I didn't want to make just goulash again, so I thought I would try baking it. It is loosely based off of this, but I used some of our homemade salsa, and it came out really good! Here is what you need:
2 cups macaroni noodles (any kind, wheat, quinoa, or regular).
1 package Smart Ground veggie protein, mexican style
1 package colby jack cheese
2 medium white onions, chopped and sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
32 ounces of salsa
1 package grape tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup noodle water
Salt & Pepper
Cook noodles according to instructions on the box, drain (reserving 1/3 cup of noodle water) and set aside. In the same pot, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, and add veggie protein. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper to taste (I sprinkled the salt and pepper, and used about a tablespoon of each of the other seasonings). When it is done, remove from pot and set aside. Next, heat up a little more olive oil and add the onion and garlic to the pot. Cook until the onion starts to yellow, and then add in the tomatoes, salsa and veggie protein. Let simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400. After 20 minutes is up, add the noodles to the pot, as well as half of the cheese. Mix well, then carefully pour contents into casserole dish, patting the noodle mix to make it even. Place in oven and let bake until the sauce starts to bubble (took about 15 minutes). Take dish out and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, then place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts. Remove from oven, let sit for about ten minutes before eating. Yum!
I think if I make this again, I might try adding a little green onion on top or something. Adding beans might be another option too. Either way, FOOD.