American Goulash II
American Goulash II
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This is another variant to American Goulash, there is hundreds of ways to make goulash, and many countries have their own variants, all are good and ingredients are based on locality. You will need to use your stove top and a slow cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
American Goulash II
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This is another variant to American Goulash, there is hundreds of ways to make goulash, and many countries have their own variants, all are good and ingredients are based on locality. You will need to use your stove top and a slow cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a non stick pan, add the ground beef, onion, red pepper flakes, paprika, and salt and pepper as desired, brown the beef until just no longer pink, no need to over do this, just lightly brown the beef.
  2. Add the beef to your slow cooker, then pour in the soup and tomatoes, stir. Cook on Low setting for 2 hours.
  3. Add the dry pasta, stir into the mixture, top with the cheese and cook for another 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Tomato Soup.

Variants: 1. Add some mixed vegetables. 2. Add some sliced or minced mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Hamburger Casserole I
Hamburger Casserole I
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Cannot go wrong with a casserole, any of them can be easily changed to your taste. This is an old classic casserole that is just that, add or remove anything you want, make it your own. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Hamburger Casserole I
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Cannot go wrong with a casserole, any of them can be easily changed to your taste. This is an old classic casserole that is just that, add or remove anything you want, make it your own. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Add the pasta to a pot of boiling water and cook until just tender, drain.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic, season to taste with salt and pepper. After the beef is cooked, drain the fat and add the soup and 1/2 can of water or if you made soup from the shortcut, add 1/2 cup of water. Stir and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour cooked pasta into the baking dish and then pour the beef mixture over the pasta and stir. Sprinkle the cheeses over the top, cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Beef would cost about 100 Baht/500 grams. Cheeses would cost about 180 Baht for the 2 cups. For 6 servings this is about $1.38 per serving.

Shortcut: Tomato Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs
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I remember having these when I was a wee boy. Always tasted great. Meatballs with rice simmered in tomato soup or tomato sauce. Perfect. Can be made with beef or pork, or even chicken. I made this on 11 Sep 2016, excellent and on my Go-to list as a regular meal. Recipe modified to reflect my findings. The recipe is broke into cooking on the Stove Top and for Baking. Photos I took were for the baking method. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Porcupine Meatballs
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I remember having these when I was a wee boy. Always tasted great. Meatballs with rice simmered in tomato soup or tomato sauce. Perfect. Can be made with beef or pork, or even chicken. I made this on 11 Sep 2016, excellent and on my Go-to list as a regular meal. Recipe modified to reflect my findings. The recipe is broke into cooking on the Stove Top and for Baking. Photos I took were for the baking method. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
For Stove Top
  1. Combine ground beef, rice, eggs, parsley, onion, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the tomato soup or tomato sauce. Mix well. Shape mixture into about 20 small meatballs.
  2. In a large non stick skillet, mix rest of soup, water, and Worcestershire together and bring to a boil. Carefully add the meatballs (this will or should prevent the meatballs from falling apart). Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 40 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and rice is soft, stirring often. Serve with pasta or potatoes and a vegetable for a complete meal.
For Baking
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Get out a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. First thing I did was made the tomato sauce from the shortcut using tomato paste, very easy. You will use the full amount that the shortcut states. Use a ladle and put 2 scoops of sauce in the bottom of the baking dish to cover it evenly.
  3. Combine ground beef, rice, eggs, parsley, onion, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 cup of the tomato soup or tomato sauce. Mix well. Shape mixture into about 12 medium sized meatballs and place in the baking dish. If you have more meatballs than what will fit in the dish, use another smaller dish for those. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper.
  4. Pour the rest of the soup or tomato sauce over the meatballs.
  5. Bake for 1 hour. Then if using a counter top oven, switch to the top coil to brown up the tops a bit.
  6. Not the greatest photo, as I topped 3 meatballs on my plate with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Recipe Notes

The meat is the only costly item in this dish. Ground beef would be about 125 Baht/500 grams, pork about 60 Baht/500 grams, and chicken would be about 42 Baht/500 grams (think thighs). This comes out to about 62 cents per serving for 6 servings using beef, less for pork or chicken.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Tomato Soup, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Ziti Casserole
Baked Ziti Casserole
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This sounds really good and is on my to cook list. Do not get tied up in the type of pasta, Penne pasta is tubular with the ends cut at an angle, Ziti pasta is tubular with the ends cut squarely. When I make this, I am using Penne for sure because it is more common than Ziti. There is a chance to use 3 shortcuts in this recipe to reduce the cost considerably. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Baked Ziti Casserole
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This sounds really good and is on my to cook list. Do not get tied up in the type of pasta, Penne pasta is tubular with the ends cut at an angle, Ziti pasta is tubular with the ends cut squarely. When I make this, I am using Penne for sure because it is more common than Ziti. There is a chance to use 3 shortcuts in this recipe to reduce the cost considerably. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 190 C.
  2. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. Add soup (if making the soup from the shortcut on the site, use 2 1/3 cups of soup), pepper, and cooked pasta, stir well.
  3. In a bowl mix the Ricotta (or Cottage cheese), Parmesan cheese, and egg.
  4. Pour the pasta mixture into a 9x13 glass baking dish (or a 7x11 dish if you have that), spoon the cheese mixture over the top, sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the top, cover with foil and bake 25-30 minutes, remove foil for the last 10 minutes to brown the cheese. Sprinkle with basil and serve.
Recipe Notes

The pork for the sausage would cost about 65 Baht for 500 grams, even less if using chicken. The cheese is minimal as not complete packages are used, for the Ricotta, do your self a favor and make the Cottage cheese yourself as you would save a lot there. For the soup, that would cost minimum 52 Baht if purchased canned, if you make yourself, the cost is 17 Baht.

Going with store bought prices, the cost is about $1 per person for 6 people. If you make the shortcuts, you can get this down to probably 60 cents per person.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Tomato Soup, Cottage Cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.