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Beef Goulash (soup)

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I have been making this exact goulash for almost 18 years, and I was eating my entire life.  I made it before with turkey meat, chicken and pork as well, yet there is something about beef when it's combined with onion, garlic, and different vegetables, and then slow cooked. Oh, how much I love slow cooked meals?! I remember my growing up in Southeastern Europe (Balkan) with each spoon I take, as we had a huge pot on the table probably once a week. It was my absolute favorite, the most loved soups around then, a soup that looks much like a stew, and when you dip that homemade bread... Oh, boy, it's like Heaven on Earth. It's also called Krompir Paprikash (Potato Goulash). Paprikas: if I have to translate, it originates from the word paprika meaning pepper, and I assume it is called that way because we use Hungarian Paprika in this dish. It can be made thick like a sauce, so you would serve it over mashed or boiled potatoes or even rice or as a soup and add potatoes close to the end. I mean the comfort, the flavor... Most of the time, I go for a second plate. It's just so delicious.
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Goulash is originated from the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, and now the entire world is enjoying this delightful and satisfying soup!
If you never ate it before this got to go on your "must eat" list.
Of course, each country or household has their own version, and I am showing you my way of making it.

Beef goulash (soup)
Serves 6
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 lbs. Organic Angus Beef (cut for stew), cubed into bite size
  • 1 Onion, medium size
  • 3 Galic cloves, minced or sliced
  • 2 Carrots, shredded or sliced
  • 1 Celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups Beef Stock, low sodium
  • 2-3 cups Water
  • 1 dry Bay leaf
  • 1 Rosemary Sprig
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste 
  • 2 lbs. / 1kg Potatoes (approximately) 
  1. In a large pot with a fitted lid, add oil and heat it. 
  2. Meanwhile, slice/cube beef and sprinkle a generous amount of salt (about a teaspoon), massage it to coat. Add Beef cubes in the pot and brown each cube on all sides (after the oil is heated, turn the temperature to medium).
  3. After the beef is browned on each side, add sliced onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Mix it very well, and sprinkle with sweet paprika. Keep mixing until the vegetables are somewhat cooked halfway, about 4-5 minutes. 
  4. Pour in Tomato sauce, add tomato paste and liquid (beef stock and water 1 cup at this time). You might want to add more water as it cooks and liquid evaporate. 
  5. Lastly, add bay leaf, rosemary, ground black pepper and salt to taste. (remember* some tomato sauces are loaded with sodium, so TASTE it before adding more salt).
  6. Allow it to boil, cover, turn the heat on medium LOW and let it cook for 2 hours and 20 minutes. Occasionally check, add more water if needed, and stir. If you want it soupier, add more liquid,
  7. 30 minutes before you take it off, peel potatoes and cut into large cubes. Add in the soup, cover and let it cook until tender, about 30 minutes. 
  8. Pull out herbs before serving, and enjoy it. 

5 days in the fridge, reheat well and eat. Make sure it is in AIRTIGHT container. 
You can add other veggies, such as peas, green beans, kale, *kimchi, etc.

Beef Goulash (soup)

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  1. I make it pretty similar, too! It's a trusty recipe, indeed. Your food styling and photos are gorgeous! By the way, just wondering, where in Balkans did you grow up?

    1. Thank you very much, Mira! I was growing up in several places, one of them Belgrade.

  2. Looks delicious. I love potatoes in my soups, thanks for the idea

    1. You're welcome! I hope you like it

  3. what kind of potatoes?

    1. I used Russet Potatoes. They are great for soups.


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