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Don't order pizza, make some goulash instead!

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Craving some pizza, that oooey-gooey cheese, the savory sauce and those delectable meat toppings?

In the time that it takes to order a pizza and have it delivered, you can satisfy that craving with a really nice alternative that costs far less.


That's right, goulash, that Hungarian concoction of meat, veggies, tomato sauce, noodles and in this case, cheese!

Sausage PizzaSo don't do this for $15 - $20 + tip....

Goulash Do this for about $8 instead!

Goulash is easy to make, it will satisfy that meat, sauce and cheese craving you've got going, it will cost far less and bonus - you'll have leftovers for lunch and/or dinner the next day!


  • 1 pound of pork sausage or ground beef, heck, some pepperoni if you want!
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 12-16 ounces of pasta
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Your favorite brand of pasta sauce in a jar
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tab of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to taste


In a big pot, make the pasta according to package instructions.  While that's working, brown the pork sausage and veggies over medium heat.  Just before the meat is completely browned, add the garlic power, paprika, a pinch of Kosher salt and a couple dashes of black pepper.  If adding pepperoni to the dish, now is the time.  Stir to incorporate and set aside when completely browned.  Drain the pasta and put it back in the big pot over low heat.  Add the butter, introduce the meat mixture and your favorite pasta sauce, start with a 1/2 cup and adjust to your liking.  Stir to incorporate and then add the shredded cheese.  Serve yourself immediately, salting, peppering and Parmesan cheesing to taste of course!  Enjoy.

This dish only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, makes plenty for great leftovers and only costs about $8 tops to put together.

Save yourself about $7 - $12 and satisfy that pizza craving with goulash!







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