Chef John's American Goulash
One of my all-time favorite comfort food meals growing up was the beef goulash they served in my school cafeteria alongside a slice of buttered white bread and a carton of milk. Little did I know that it wasn't really goulash, but an Americanized version, invented to stretch a small amount of beef into enough food for a not-so-small family. This is one of those very simple dishes that does not taste simple--perfect for your weeknight dinner rotation.
Make your own Italian herb mix with any desired blend of oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, and basil.
Feel free to swap water for chicken broth.
You can also add beans to turn this into an excellent pasta fazool.