“Alföldi” Goulash Soup - Alföldi Gulyásleves

“Alföldi” Goulash Soup - Alföldi Gulyásleves

Goulash, the most famous Hungarian dish, is typically made with beef but can be substituted with pork. It's a flavorful one-pot meal, moderately difficult to prepare. Goulash can be cooked over open fire in a pot called “bogrács,” making it a great addition to a barbecue party. (Vegan and vegetarian modifications are provided below)


Grams Ounces Ingredient
100 g 3.5 oz Lard, vegetable oil, or olive oil
250 g 8.8 oz Yellow onions (finely diced)
20 g 0.7 oz Hungarian paprika powder (sweet or mix)
800 g 28.2 oz Diced beef or pork
30 g 1.1 oz Salt
To taste Black pepper (approx quarter teaspoon)
20 g 0.7 oz Whole caraway seeds
50 g 1.8 oz Garlic (minced)
200 g 7.1 oz Carrot (sliced)
100 g 3.5 oz Parsnip (sliced)
600 g 21.2 oz Potatoes (large cubed)
100 g 3.5 oz Green pepper (diced, core removed)
100 g 3.5 oz Tomatoes (diced)
"Csipetke" - Pinched Pasta:
1 Whole egg
130 g 4.6 oz Plain flour (120-150g, gluey consistency)
1-2 Pinch of salt



  1. Add lard or oil to the pot and heat.
  2. Sauté finely diced onions until golden brown.
  3. Reduce heat, add Hungarian Paprika powder, and cook for 1 minute on low heat.
  4. Add diced meat and water, cook covered until meat changes color.
  5. Add caraway seeds and garlic, cook until water evaporates.
  6. Add carrots and parsnip, fry briefly.
  7. Add green pepper and enough water to cover ingredients.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Cook until meat is almost done, then add potatoes and cook until done.

  1. Prepare pinched pasta: beat egg, add flour and salt, mix to form a thick dough.
  2. With a teaspoon pinch them off the edge of the bowl into boiling salty water.
  3. Cook until done, 2-3 mins after all come up to the surface.

Enjoy the dish! Preparation takes about 45 minutes, plus 1-3 hours cooking time for the meat, depending on desired tenderness.

If you are vegan or vegetarian:

Substitute meat with textured soy protein cubes or seitan. Minimum cooking time should be 45 minutes for good flavors.

For egg-free pinched pasta, use high-protein white wheat flour and cook dumplings separately in salted water. Cook almost double the amount of flour, strain, and add to soup. Alternatively, skip pinched pasta.

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