Ghoulish Goulash: A Halloween Fast Feast

When the witching hour is near and hungry ghosts and goblins gather, a cauldron of Ghoulish Goulash is just what the warlock ordered. This hauntingly hearty dish is loaded with savory meats, ghostly veggies, and spine-chilling spices, making it a last-minute lifesaver for any Halloween gathering.

 Photo of a rustic cauldron filled with Ghoulish Goulash, a Halloween-themed stew. The goulash is rich and thick with chunks of meat, vegetables, and s


  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 2 cups Halloween-themed pasta (like ghost or pumpkin-shaped pasta)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: shredded cheese, sour cream, or fresh herbs for topping


  1. Preparation:
    • In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground meat over medium heat until cooked through.
    • Drain excess fat, if necessary.
  2. Adding Vegetables:
    • Stir in the chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper, cooking for another 5-7 minutes until the veggies are softened.
  3. Creating the Goulash:
    • Add the diced tomatoes, broth, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper to the pot.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Cooking the Pasta:
    • In a separate pot, cook the Halloween-themed pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Drain the pasta and stir it into the goulash mixture.
  5. Final Touches:
    • Taste the goulash and adjust seasonings if necessary.
    • Serve hot, garnished with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, or fresh herbs if desired.

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