This dish is something we ask for often when we go home to visit my family. It's definitely comfort food for me and my family. We like to serve it with garlic toast.
1 pound ground beef
1 large white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 quart tomato juice (shake can before opening)
1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup ketchup
2 bay leaves
1 Tbs mustard
1 Tbs Worcestershire
1/2 cup brown sugar
Cook beef, onion, garlic and drain off fat. Add all ingredients in large roasting pan, cover and cook at 325 for 55 minutes or 350 for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Don't overcook or noodles get mushy. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve with toast, grated Parmesan cheese and extra fresh pepper.
*serve hot goulash over spinach leaves ~ wilts them ever so perfectly...yum. Try it.