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Goulash Soup

Ok, here you have it: Goulash Soup… for those of you who are cold, for those of you who are hungry, for those of you who only have some potatoes, spices and a little piece of meat, for those of you who enjoy a simple traditional dish; for those of you who care for others… warm your hearts with this soup!
As most of you know, I was recently in Budapest for 5 days and I “had to buy” a small book with Hungarian traditional recipes. I love treasuring, learning and sharing traditional recipes :D, so here you have Goulash! Even though I’m not Hungarian and it’s not representative of my country, I made some minor changes because spices will kill me one day (they are just too hot for me), and it ended up looking so similar to our meat and potatoes stew, that I felt it close… like a cousin would… that’s why I’m sending the recipe over to Giz of equal Opportunity Kitchen, who is hosting the first fundraising event Because we can help! for the Social Network called Bloggeraid, created by Val, Ivy and Giz.: Go and take a look, registering is free and all help is appreciated! The purpose: Bloggers Uniting to Aid in the Alleviation of Hunger. Want to participate? Then find all info here! They are “feeding” with foodies, good food and illusion :D. Go and take a look, registering is free and all help is appreciated! The purpose: Bloggers Uniting to Aid in the Alleviation of Hunger. Want to participate? Then find all info here!

Just before we dive in the Soup Ingredients and recipe, I wanted to show you some more pictures from Budapest… from a funny point of view! Hey, if I’m boring you, just jump them over ;D.The last day of our stay it snowed and also it blewed a frozen wind… we were wearing no hats by then and thought that our left ears would break and fall on the floor… that happened when crossing that bridge! I guess that this is why you can find hot wine on the street every 100 meters. We tasted it but I didn’t like it at all :(
See the way they have to announce what they sell in the shop? This one was by far the most impressive!!!! Would you guess what the shops are selling?I bet you cannot find out what the rhino is announcing, he, he…

You’ve been so patient… here you have the recipe for the Hungarian Goulash :D

Ingredients for 4 servings: 800 grs of beef leg or shoulder, 1 large red onion, 3 cloves of garlic, olive oil, 1 level tablespoon of sweet paprika, salt, 1/2 teaspoon of ground caraway seeds, 1/2 teaspoon ground cherry pepper (these last two ingredients I didn’t use. Instead I used a small red hot pepper. See the second picture), 1 ripe tomatoe, 1 green pepper, 2 medium carrots, 1 medium parsnip, 800 grs of potatoes, a bunch of fresh parsley and water.

  • Cut the meat into cubes. Clean and finely chop the onion and the garlic, saute them in some olive oil with the meat cubes. Continue until the meat’s surface becomes white and the onion turns golden.
  • Sift in the paprika, pour in a glass of water, some salt, the caraway seeds and cherry pepper. Add the cubed tomatoe and the green pepper. Cook covered until tender. It might take 1 hour or 1 1/2. Cook at low heat. Replace the liquid if evaporates.
  • Meanwhile, clean the rest of the veggies, slice and cut in pieces. Add to the meat when tender, cover with nearly 1 liter of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until done. Spice to taste and garnish with the chopped parsley.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did :D. Great for cold nights!


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12/02/2008 · 9:56 h by Ning

I love warm comforting traditional recipes like this! Thanks for sharing your pictures of Budapest! Made me into an eager virtual traveller :)

12/02/2008 · 10:53 h by Bellini Valli

Thank you sweetie for all your support for Bloggeraid. We are just a small group right now but growing every day to raise awareness for those less fortunate than ourselves.A question? What are they selling at the Rhino store?

12/02/2008 · 11:35 h by Peter G

Si Nuria! This soup looks delicious! You’ve done a fantastic job recreating it, with your own touches. The pics are beautiful too!

12/02/2008 · 11:50 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

Yes, I have to ask about that rhino, too.

This soup looks lovely – I adore goulash. I actually have leftover stew that I could sort of “transform” into this – maybe I will this evening!

12/02/2008 · 12:48 h by FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels

Looks good sitting in its own little casera. I always used to bring back a cookbook from my travels until I had no more space for them — and found the internet so efficient (although a much colder experience).

12/02/2008 · 13:07 h by Núria

Welcome to my blog Ning! Thanks for commenting! I DO love traditional dishes too :D

Hola Val… hard to find out that one? ugh? It’s just tourist stuff! An impossible guess ;D

Thanks Peter :D. Maybe too hot for Australian weather rith now ;D

Well done Jen, no left overs to the trash :D. Rhino is just a tourist store!

Hola Joan! Yes, don’t you think? I actually cooked it in inox.
When I travelled a lot… I wasn’t obsessed with food as much as I am now… a pity!

12/02/2008 · 13:20 h by Ivy

I think every country has a similar recipe and a few ingredients change but yes this would be a nice change with the hot spices.

12/02/2008 · 13:28 h by Peter M

Yay….you posted some photos of Budapest! You made the Goulash traditionally, like a soup but I would have love the heat…it’s cold over here!

I love your earthenware crockpot and “Dorothy, Toto and myself” will be coming for a bowl. ;)

12/02/2008 · 14:50 h by Gloria Chadwick

Your Goulash looks terrific. I would have never guessed that the Rhino store was a tourist trap. When I saw the picture, I thought it was a pig and that it was a meat market. LOL

12/02/2008 · 15:35 h by Núria

I think so too Ivy :D. But spices are stronger than me ;D

Peter Minakis… you are funny!!!! :D :D :D

Really Gloria? Ha, ha! This one was a difficult one ;D

12/02/2008 · 16:51 h by Mallory Elise

what an awesome soup pot! ah but that bowl looks much more barcelony. :)

12/02/2008 · 19:20 h by anudivya

I am a vegetarian, but I love the look of this one… and the pot in which you served it is just adorable.

12/03/2008 · 2:04 h by Olga

This looks really good: perfect for cold weather outside!

12/03/2008 · 14:46 h by Ben

The spices won’t kill you, my friend, they will only make you stronger! lol I had never seen a Goulash like that before. Over here Goulash is something completely different loaded with grease, cheese and pasta… I think I like your version better :) Great pics! I want to Hugria now :)

12/03/2008 · 19:22 h by glamah16

Nuria you dont like spice? You can give me yours!I want to make some of this soup. Whats the Rhino shop, a taxidermist?

12/03/2008 · 23:34 h by Nathan

Looks really good without the last two ingredients I’m sure it tasted very Spaniard (the onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato, paprika, carrot, potato, parsley all gave it a very Spanish feel I bet :)

Looks delcious :)

12/04/2008 · 12:38 h by Passionate About Baking

That soup looks SO GOOD Nuria…& the pictures are so full of character & intrigue. Bet you flew off the bridge in the blizzard…my toes are freezing at the very thought! Did the rhino shop sell beer…tell me soon or I shall have sleepless nights dear girl! HUGS & LOV…sorry I’ve been missing for long!

12/05/2008 · 14:19 h by Susan from Food Blogga

Oh, those big chunks of potato and carrots look so delicious, Nuria. I could go for a bowl right about now, and it’s only 6:19 am!

12/06/2008 · 0:32 h by

Next rainy day this is on the menu!

12/08/2008 · 3:17 h by Psychgrad

I’m sitting in my apartment cold right now and I would love to have some of your Goulash! It snowed all morning and now it’s -11 (probably worse with the windchill).

Thanks for sharing all of the pictures of Budapest! I wonder if heated wine would catch on here. Also, thanks for participating in BloggerAid!

12/08/2008 · 16:17 h by Rachel

Please don’t tell me the rhino shop sells powdered rhino horn for aphrodisiac purposes!!!!

Anyway, I love your photos and feel like I just had a mini-trip to Budapest with you. Love that bookshop sign!

12/09/2008 · 8:41 h by Núria

Thank you all for your kind comments… I am a little short on time lately but hopefully will be able to answer your comments one by one in my next post!

Buen provecho and Cheers!!!!

02/11/2009 · 6:51 h by Sujan Patricia

I have to confess. I’m addicted to Goulash Soup, a harmless, maybe even healthy addiction.

More of a stew than a soup, this satisfying and nutritious one-pot meal is perfect for a cold winter night. Tomato paste is a concentrated source of cancer-fighting lycopene. This meaty dish is also a full of B vitamins and zinc.

04/28/2009 · 22:13 h by Millie

As a hungarian i should tell that your goulash looks perfect!!! It is the way we cook it and eat it regardless the weather :-D
I would only correct one thing: we do not use parnsip, we use parsley root instead (it is called gyökér, which means simply root). It looks almost the same, but has no sweetish aftertaste at all.
Anyway, i enjoyed your post a lot!

07/08/2009 · 19:47 h by Paris Paul

Oh boy how do I miss my goulash. I love travelling on business to Budapest and it is one of my favourite foods.

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