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Traditional Hungarian Goulash Soup Recipe

Updated on October 20, 2011

Traditionally goulash soup (gulyás leves in Hungarian) is cooked over the open fire in a cauldron. Goulash soup is normally served as a starter or small lunch, but it can also be consumed as a main dish together with fresh white bread enjoying the spicy aroma.

Goulash Soup Ingredients


3 onions, finely chopped
400 grams beef, cubed
3 tbsp lard
2 1/2 l water
3 tsp salt
2 tbsp Hungarian paprika
1 tomato, peeled and chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 parsnip, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 green pepper, chopped
2 garlic gloves, mashed
4 potatoes, cubed
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
some parsley, finely chopped

Pinched noodles:

1 egg
3 tbsp flour
pinch of salt
2 tbsp oil

Hungarian Goulash soup. Click to enlarge.
Hungarian Goulash soup. Click to enlarge.

How to cook Hungarian Goulash Soup

Serves 4
Takes 150 minutes

Sauté the onion in lard until golden. Add Hungarian paprika and 10 ml water. Once the water boils add the beef and stir until well browned.

Add some water, cumin and black pepper. Boil it for 30 minutes and add water many times while the meat softens.

Then add parsnip, carrot, yellow paprika and tomatoes. Cook for another 40 minutes and add potatoes, salt, green pepper, garlic and pour more water (for soup consistency).

Add salt to taste and bring to the boil for another 15 minutes.

To make pinched noodles, combine ingredients with enough flour to make a firm dough. Let dough sit for 5 minutes.

Roll dough and pinch off dime sized pieces into simmering soup. Add pinched noodles and boil a few minutes longer.

When the noodles float to the surface, they are done. Serve it with chopped parsley sprinkled on each portion.

Jó Étvágyat! 


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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Haunty,

      A great recipe and one I will definitly be trying out.

      Thank you so much for sharing and I will let you know how it went !

      Take care,


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      Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

      I'd like to say you can use regular paprika or Spanish, but in truth I've never tried these. BBQ ribs sounds great! Yesterday I had Jókai bean soup made from pork ribs, beans and sausages. Also, fried bream. For today, buttered lentils and leftovers. It's great to see you, as always. Hope you had some time to relax in the weekend. Have a nice day. :)

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      Justine 7 years ago

      I still can't find Hungarian paprika in town. Ill have to look into ordering it on line. I like that you have how to make the noodles too. Most recipes I have call for store bought pasta. Recently I've been considering making my own but it seemed so difficult. This, I think I can try. I made BBQ ribs the other day and was wondering what you were having. ;)

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      Reynold Jay 7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      This was very well done. Useful and up one. Sounds delicious and I going to do it today! RJ

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      This is getting bookmarked! I've been looking for a great goulash recipe (as mine seems to be lacking something). I can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for the hub!