Beef and Bow Ties

This recipe is a true experiment. It’s basically goulash, but kicked into a bit of a heat overdrive.

I’ll have photos for this at a later day. It’s to dark tonight to take any.

Beef and Bow Ties


1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
2-4 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 – 1 cup of zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 can tomato soup
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can pork and beans
2 cups bow tie pasta (or wagon wheels)
chili powder
cayenne powder
dried cilantro
ground black pepper

Boil water for your pasta. I added salt, a tablespoon of butter, and a good drizzle of balsamic vinegar to my pasta water. Because frankly, I loved the taste of balsamic vinegar and noodles, and it adds a light salty sweet flavor to the pasta. I’m sure I’m breaking a cardinal cooking rule. What can I say…I’m a bad, bad person! Add pasta and boil until Al Dente.

In a sauce pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add onion, pepper, garlic. Saute until onions are soft. Add beef and zucchini, a shake or two of salt and a little ground black pepper. Cook until burger is browned. Remove from heat.

Drain pasta. In the pasta pot, add soup, tomatoes and beans. Also, add Worcestershire, paprika, chili powder, cayenne powder, dried cilantro, basil, salt and ground black pepper. I don’t know exact measurements, because I just add until it looks good. About even portions of all spices, except chilli and cayenne powders. Use your discretion there. If your family likes it hot, add more, less for milder. Use a dash or two of salt and a couple grinds of pepper. (anyone lost yet?)

Let the sauce simmer on stove top for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beef mixture to sauce mixture and let simmer another 10 minutes. Add pasta, and simmer 2 more minutes. Remove from heat, and add a tablespoon or 2 of butter and stir in. This is something my grandma has done for years to about any meat and pasta dish she makes and I acquired the trick from her. I love how it helps smooth the texture and tastes and really blends everything.


I added a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

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Have a wonderful evening!

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