I belong to an international community on Facebook and we have an on-going event where every fortnightly someone would share a new recipe for everyone to try. It’s super exciting for me because I love cooking and I love trying out new food! Not too long ago, one of them shared her beef goulash recipe, and it really is one of the most simple yet utterly delicious meals I’ve ever made in my life. I possibly ate three bowls of it in one sitting!

Today, I’m going to share this recipe, because really, there is nothing quite like a warm, hearty bowl of soup to fill you up and comfort you.

INGREDIENTS (4 SERVINGS):

  • 600g of beef, cut in 1.25 inches / 3 x 3 cm
  • 3 potatoes
  • Carrots (optional)
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato purèe
  • 650g of beef broth
  • 350g of hot water
  • Half a leek, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Bread, rice or pasta (optional)

STEPS:

  1. Dust the beef lightly with flour
  2. Fry the beef till tender, season with salt and pepper
  3. Add in the vegetables – potatoes, carrots, red pepper and leek. Continue to fry them for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. In a separate pot, fry the onions and crushed garlic in butter, and then add the paprika powder
  5. Add tomato puree, potatoes, carrots, leek, beef broth and hot water. Cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Add the beef, red pepper and oregano and let it simmer till it thickens. Taste to see if it needs more spices.

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Traditional Hungarian goulash is more like a soup, instead of a stew, so don’t expect it to be thick. You can let it simmer for as little as half an hour. However, if you have extra time, you can let it sit for longer, and the soup would be more flavourful as the vegetables will cook and soften which contributes to the taste. It also great after being kept overnight, so feel free to make a big batch!

Depending on your diet, you can add carbohydrates to your meal. I once ate it with rice, whereas my dad prefers bread. Otherwise, the potatoes inside will suffice.