veggie loaded goulash (and a giveaway!)

by Janetha on October 20, 2015

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you guys know i am a huge fan of national food holidays. i mean, getting married on national peach ice cream day was not a coincidence. i’m a sucker for food and a sucker for holidays. and october happens to be national pasta month, so i’ve been celebrating all month long!

as i’ve mentioned in the past, i am on the dreamfields pasta dream team, and they are celebrating national pasta month all october long.. or, as they like to call it, #healthypastamonth! because dreamfields pasta is the healthier choice when it comes to the noodle business.


dreamfields pasta is made with premium durum wheat semolina, which is why it has that same delicious taste and texture as traditional pasta. one cup (cooked) serving provides 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber!

each day this month, a blogger has partnered with dreamfields to make a tasty, healthy recipe using their delicious pasta. that’s a total of 31 recipes once the month is over! you can click here to see all the awesome recipes that have been posted so far.

to make the month even more fun, each week has had a different focus. this week’s focus is VEGGIE-LICIOUS, so i have pumped up one of our favorite family recipes with a few more veggies than usual.

a little background on this goulash… i had actually never had the pleasure of eating this dish until a few years ago, when marshall told me all about his childhood love for it. he mentioned it was one of his favorite dishes, and offered to make it for us one night. ummm, a tasty new recipe with zero effort required on my part? sign me up.

over the years, the recipe has been tweaked here and there, partially due to the fact that marshall has developed a love for mushrooms (YAY!) and added those into the recipe.

we have also made it soupier and soupier as time went by, with the addition of extra v8.

IMG_9221we took things one step further this time, and added in squash and zucchini to make it extra veggie-filled.

i am sure this recipe will be a staple in our family for years and years, and one day fox will tell his wife all about it and he will make it for her. it’s quick, easy, healthy, and delicious. what more could you ask for in a recipe?


veggie loaded goulash
serves 6
prep time: 10 minutes; cook time: 20 minutes


  • 1 box dreamfields elbow macaroni
  • 1 medium onion, peeled & diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
  • 1 small yellow squash, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 8-10 mini portobello mushrooms, halved & sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 cups low sodium v8
  • more salt & pepper for seasoning, to taste


  1. prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions.
  2. using a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sprayed with cooking spray, sauté onion and garlic until soft, about 2 minutes.
  3. add squash & zucchini and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes.
  4. meanwhile, in a dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, sprayed with cooking spray, brown ground beef, about 5 minutes.
  5. add mushrooms to the beef and sauté until soft, about 1 minute.
  6. add vegetables, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, diced tomatoes, and v8 to the meat mixture. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for ten minutes.
  7. remove from heat, stir in cooked noodles and additional v8, salt, and/or pepper as desired.


Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe): 390 calories; 25 g protein; 58 g carbohydrates; 8 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 420 mg sodium; 9 g total dietary fiber.

as i mentioned in the title, this is also a giveaway post! dreamfields has generously offered to give one of you a dreamfields prize pack, containing 7 boxes of their pasta (one of each shape!) and a $25 gift card! use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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additionally, each day, a different blogger is giving away this same prize pack. to see where else you can enter to win (and to check out all their awesome recipes), follow the hashtag #HealthyPastaMonth and also check out dreamfields on their pinterest, twitter, facebook and instagram!

now, go eat some pasta!

xo. janetha g.

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Hannah October 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm

I love all pasta but especially lasagna, ravioli and tortellini…anything cheese filled!

Tracy October 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I love using pasta to make a variety of casseroles. We eat pasta at least once a week.

shelly peterson October 21, 2015 at 7:19 pm

I love stuffed pasta shells.

Jennifer Essad October 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I love my mom’s recipe for chicken cacciatore, your recipe is amazing too. Mom would make goulash often using ground chuck.

Kimberly October 22, 2015 at 6:02 am

This is kinda weird…but I LOVE vegan cauliflower alfredo. Also…plain ole spaghetti!

Danielle October 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

My favorite is spaghetti with meat sauce. Back when I could have dairy I absolutely loved manicotti. I can’t wait to try this goulash recipe! I love that it is dairy free.

Suzi October 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I love the stats on the pasta, it will fit perfectly into my 91 Day Challenge with the gym. I can’t wait to make this dish for dinner. I wish it would cool down out here in CA to pair this dish with the weather.

Kristen October 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

I have a wonderful recipe for homemade marinara that I love!

shaunie October 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm

I would have to say that it is lasagna

Tina W October 23, 2015 at 1:55 am

My favorite is Penne Arrabiata.

alyce hall October 23, 2015 at 5:44 am

we love pasta in this family and eat it at least once a week

marie October 23, 2015 at 7:25 am

I love my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs.

Dana Rodriguez October 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I love my fiance’s home made meat sauce over angel hair and fresh parm.

Madeline October 23, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Mushroom leek macaroni and cheese!!

Megan billitti October 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Totally making this

Heather Hayes Panjon October 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Chicken Parmesan Is My Favorite!

Rust October 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Chicken Alfredo linguine is my favorite.

Deborah G. October 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

I like making Chicken Alfredo pasta!

Amy Z. October 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I love pasta puttanesca!

Annamarie V October 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm

I love most pasta recipes but one of my favorites is with lots of veggies olive oil and some sea salt.

lynn @ the actor's diet October 25, 2015 at 12:29 am

I’m all about the Peanut Butter Noodles!!!

Pamela Gurganus October 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

My favorite pasta recipe is lasagna.

Gina M (Wild Orchid) October 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

I love classic lasagna!

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amanda sakovitz October 26, 2015 at 1:51 am

I love lasagna

Thomas Murphy October 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm

I like lasagna.

Heather Dawn October 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm

I like Italian Sausage Pasta.

Jennifer Essad October 26, 2015 at 9:25 pm

my family enjoys eggplant parmesan served with angel hair pasta

Toat @ Fitness Tips October 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

It looks delicious and really healthy.

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