Dinner Tonight: Ghoul-ash

Growing up, my mom would make “Ghoul-ash” for Halloween most years.  It’s just our silly and simple twist on the Hungarian pasta dish called Goulash :).  Our version is really simple and has the flavors of a traditional spaghetti and meat sauce but with a little nod to traditional Goulash…plus, your little pumpkins will think it’s really fun that they’re having Ghoul-ash on Halloween :).  
The perfect dinner for ghosts and goblins before trick or treating and such a blessing for busy mamas…because this is prepared in the slow cooker :).
This will serve 4 hungry adults.
Shopping List
1 pound of ground beef 
1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 cup water or beef broth
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 (1 1/2 oz) package dry onion soup mix
a healthy pinch of salt and pepper
1 pound of cooked noodles (I used shells but you use whatever short cut pasta you have on hand)
Sour Cream to garnish
Brown your ground beef in a skillet until cooked and crumbly.
In your slow cooker, add in your cooked ground beef, tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, paprika, soup mix and salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low 6 hours or on high 3 hours.
Once you’re ready to serve, spoon your ground beef mixture down over your cooked pasta and garnish with a little dollop on sour cream.
It’s Ghoul-ash at our house on Halloween!
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  • Lynn October 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Looks great! Made your pizza sloppy joes last night. Very good!

  • aprilparrish October 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    This sounds perfect for this busy mom! Thanks for sharing!

  • Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) October 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I always hated when we had goulash as a kid but this recipe looks really good!

  • Heather Donaldson Herwig October 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, Shay. I'm searching for an egg casserole or other brunch dish I can make in a slow cooker and serve at a school brunch. Any suggestions? šŸ™‚

  • Mix and Match Mama October 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    You know…I've never made eggs in my slow cooker. You could always make a traditional egg casserole (I have a couple under "eggs") in the oven and then just transfer it to the slow cooker to stay warm (use the "keep warm" setting).

  • Anonymous October 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds yummy and takes me back to when I was a kid! My mom would serve it over mashed potatoes.

  • Kellyann Rohr October 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Totally making this for Halloween dinner. Love that it is made in the slow cooker! Thanks!

  • Eileen November 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I made this for my family this week and it was delicious! My kids can be a little picky and they devoured it. Thanks for a great recipe for Halloween week.

  • Erica S October 31, 2014 at 3:13 am

    This is one of my most favorite recipes of yours. I've been looking forward to it all week. šŸ™‚

  • Renae September 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    For the tomato sauce can you use regular spaghetti sauce?