Hella Good Hungarian Goulash Soup Recipe: You Can’t Go Wrong With This Easy Goulash Soup Recipe | Soups

This Hungarian goulash soup recipe is just as hearty and delicious as Hungarian goulash and Hungarian mushroom soup, so you’re in for a treat! With rutabaga, carrots, potatoes, sweet red pepper and tender cubes of stew meat, this easy soup recipe is what you need on a cold night.

While this goulash soup simmers on the stove, make some slow-cooker bread or three-ingredient beer bread. Yum! What a meal that would be!

Cuisine: Hungarian

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours (approximately)

Total Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Servings: 6 to 8


  • 1 – 1 1/4 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, smashed
  • ground cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then brown on all sides in the hot oil. Remove beef to a plate.
  2. Add the onions and cook until they begin to lightly brown, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  3. Add the paprika, caraway seeds and cayenne. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  4. Put the stew meat back into the pot along with the potatoes, carrots and rutabaga. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Add the tomatoes and their liquid and red bell pepper. Cover and continue to cook about 30 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


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