Great Goulash: Ground Turkey Paprikash and Macaroni

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 pound elbow macaroni


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan

1 tablespoon butter

1 package, 1 1/3 pounds average weight, ground lean white turkey

2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

Black pepper

1 cup chicken stock, available in small 8 ounce paper containers on soup aisle of market

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons chopped dill


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil for pasta. When it comes to a boil, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook pasta 6 minutes to al dente. 
  2. While water comes to a boil and pasta cooks, heat a deep skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil then butter then ground meat. Break up meat and crumble, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, onions, red bell peppers and seasonings to the turkey. Cook 5 or 6 minutes then add chicken stock and sour cream to the pan. Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to low. Add cooked pasta and stir. Let pasta absorb some sauce, a minute or so. Adjust seasonings and serve. Garnish the prepared dish with chopped parsley and dill.