2 lbs ground beef or turkey

3 tsp minced garlic

1 large yellow onion, diced

2 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup beef broth

1/3 cup olive oil

2 (15-ounce) cans of tomato sauce

2 (15-ounce) cans of diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1 Tbsp Adobo seasoning

3 bay leaves

1 Tbsp seasoned salt

1/2 Tbsp black pepper

2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Meat Preparation: In a spacious pan, sauté the ground meat over medium heat. Once it's half done, add in the garlic, olive oil, and onions. Continue to cook until the meat is browned and fully cooked through.

Add the Basics: Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and beef broth into the pan. Now, sprinkle the adobo seasoning, seasoned salt, and bay leaves. Stir the mixture well to combine all ingredients.

Simmer: Reduce the flame to medium-low, cover the pan, and let the meat simmer, soaking in all the flavors until it becomes tender.

Macaroni Time: Once the meat is tender, mix in the uncooked elbow macaroni and let it cook within the goulash.

Final Touch: As the macaroni gets cooked and the goulash thickens, bring the entire mix to a boil. Once boiled, lower the flame and stir in the Italian seasoning and black pepper. Make sure to remove the bay leaves at this stage.

Cheesy Delight: In a separate bowl, mix together mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle this cheese mixture over the goulash and let it melt, giving your dish a creamy, cheesy texture.

Serve hot and enjoy the rich, hearty flavors of a classic Mid-West Goulash! Whether it's a weekday dinner or a special occasion, this dish is sure to win hearts.