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Leftover Meatballs and Sausage Italian Style Goulash

One of my kids favorites in their younger days
and now as adults they still ask mama to make this one!
A classic favorite in our house!

Leftover meatballs and sausage from Traditional Sunday Sauce, put  meat in the food processor and pulse a few times. Or mash by hand. (I had around 4 of each)
1 pound of elbow pasta or any kind you like, spirals, bow ties, ziti all work well
1 large can of crushed tomatoes or if you have leftover sauce use that,( another option is to use canned or jar store bought sauce)
1 bell pepper
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil
long shreds of grating cheese

Mash the meat and set aside. Boil the pasta to package instructions and set aside.
In a large fry pan saute garlic and peppers until soft around 3 to 4 minutes, do not brown.  Add the can of tomatoes, or sauce of choice then cooked meat. Simmer around 10 minutes. Add the boiled pasta. Place  pasta on a plate, sprinkle with grating cheese, serve with garlic pizza or garlic knots.


  1. Another amazing pasta dish. I would have never known this was the result of leftovers! That thick sauce and the flavorful meat, thanks for sharing this family favorite-yum. Have a great day Claudia!

  2. I don't think you can ever be too old for this.

  3. That is so much my kind of dish. I agree, there's no age limit to loving this one. I especially love ways to use leftovers that hide their leftoverness and make you feel like you're eating a brand new dish. It's fantastic.

  4. Great use of leftovers. The best thing is it sounds so good.

  5. Fantastic way to use up leftovers,dear!Have a lovely week!

  6. trekking your yummy blog!!! this dish looks delicious! burp!


  7. Very clever, Claudia. Rather than leftovers - leftovers are transformed anew. Love that concept - and love this comforting dish.

  8. Goulash is a favorite in our house - so comforting and delicious!

  9. Mmm this sounds great, can't believe I've never tried it before! Awesome use of lelftovers. YUM!!

  10. That looks way too yummy to just be leftovers! :)

  11. Oh Lordy this looks amazing! I would kill for a plateful of this wonderful goulash! Oh and some fresh garlic knots, heeeaven!

  12. I remember my mother making goulash, but it never looked this good!

  13. Nice blog. I found a new way to use leftover roast lamb.


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