Fill Hungry Bellies With This Cheap One-Pot Meal Zucchini and Tomato Goulash
Goulash is a family favourite comfort food of ours that I wanted to share because it’s budget-friendly and delicious.
It has been surprisingly cold and white (Yes that means snow) here in Manitoba, Canada the last couple of days.
I think Mother Nature forgot to switch to Spring but that’s fine because it gives me more opportunity in the kitchen to create new recipes.
Having said that it was time for me to make a pot of stick to your ribs goulash that will keep you full for hours..
Originally this was to be a soup recipe but I wanted it to be bulkier to fill everyone up easily so I turned it into goulash.
This is a great way to stretch a meal or to add any leftovers looming in your refrigerator-that look like they could use some love.
What are Courgettes?
I knew you would ask! Don’t worry they aren’t something you have to source as they are found in every grocery store.
I love courgettes (a.k.a zucchini) and they generally go on sale quite often or you may find them on the reduced rack.
Keep an eye out for green and yellow zucchini as most people tend to know more about the green than they do the yellow.
Both are equally delicious and perfect in this goulash recipe.
I know that many of you might add minced beef, lamb, or chicken to your goulash and I’ve done that as well.
For this goulash recipe, you can add a pound of minced beef but increase the seasoning to your taste.
Growing Vegetables At Home
If you have space for a garden growing courgettes is simple and will yield a good crop.
I love how courgettes are earthy but sweet and fairly easy to grow in Canada.
However, I know in some places there were shortages or courgettes this year, especially in the UK.
I often pair courgettes with sweet onions and peppers to enjoy as a side dish along with pork chops, beef or fish.
A second popular dish in the Don household is when I make zucchini ribbons mixed with basil pesto and presto, no leftovers.
Other ways we enjoy courgettes…
Having courgettes cold in a salad is an excellent way to use them up.
With a splash of apple cider vinegar and olive oil served with crunchy French bread or Italian Ciabatta bread, you will wonder why it took you so long to try it.
The courgette salad would also make an easy starter or something quick you can put together and take to a pot-luck as a cold-dish.
Where can I buy Orzo Pasta?
The pasta I’m using today Italian Orzo pasta that is widely used around the world.
You can find Orzo pasta in most grocery stores or we buy it on Amazon for $2.99 /900grams which is super cheap.
What does Orzo Pasta Look Like?
Orzo pasta is also great for adding to soups as it thickens and bulks out the dish and gives it a bit of a meatier texture to the soup.
It’s also good for making cold creamy salads as it makes them easier for the kids to eat, rather than having huge bits of pasta that they take one bite of and leave.
Less food waste.
How to make Courgette and Tomato Goulash
So here it is a simple goulash to have on those cold autumn and winter evenings.
Goulash is also great for batch cooking as it keeps well in the freezer like many other soups for up to 6 months.
Pack it in your lunch for work or for sending the kids off to school.
- Serves 6-8 people
- Cooking time 1hr 20mins
- Prep time 20mins
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 large tin chopped tomatoes
- 3 zucchini
- Tablespoon olive oil
- Three dashes of Worcester sauce
- Dash of Tabasco (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 chicken stock cubes
- 1 1/2 cups of Orzo pasta
- Use the can to add the water as that is as much as you need.
- Salt n pepper to taste
- Add oil into a large deep saucepan
- Place onions garlic powder and zucchini into a pan and cook until onions are just clear.
- Then add the oregano, stock cubes, and the tin of tomatoes
- Cook for a further 10mins then add the can of water.
- Turn up and take it to a slow simmer.
- Now add the Tabasco, sugar, Worcester sauce, and the orzo pasta.
- Leave for a further 1hr to simmer gently
Serve this aroma filled Courgette and Tomato Goulash hot with a side of garlic toast, delicious!
I like to garnish with a bit of basil which adds that extra flavour it needs.
Another delicious option is to top a big bowl of goulash with freshly grated Parmigiano Regiano cheese.
Let me know in the comments below how you enjoyed my goulash recipe and if you switched it up at all.