Turkey-Carrot Goulash


This isn't your grandma's goulash! Chopped prunes add a surprising sweet element while ground turkey cuts some of the fat in this traditionally beefy recipe.

Total Time:
40 mins
10 cups


  • 6 ounce large elbow macaroni

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pound uncooked ground turkey

  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 2 8 ounce cans tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pitted dried plums (prunes)

  • Sour cream

  • Parsley


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to peel long ribbons of the carrots, chopping any carrots that become too small to peel. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook until no longer pink, stirring to break up turkey as it cooks. Remove turkey from skillet and set aside. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add carrots, onion, garlic, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper, if using. Cook and stir until carrots are just tender, about 4 minutes.

  2. Add cooked pasta, turkey, tomato sauce, water, and prunes; cook and stir over medium heat until combined and heated through. Serve with sour cream and parsley.

    turkey carrot goulash
    Andy Lyons

Additional Toppers:

Top with sour cream, parsley, and additional smoked paprika.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

402 Calories
17g Fat
42g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 402
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 668mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 13.5mg 68%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 872mg 19%
Folate, total 101.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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