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Goulash soup

Tamara Willner
Written by

Tamara Willner

Reviewed by dietitian

Fiona Moncrieff

1 min read
Last updated May 2024

Based on a traditional Hungarian stew, this warming soup is packed full of flavour and filled with tender, slow-cooked beef. Get creative with the vegetables in this soup and add your favourites in!

Recipe: Goulash Soup

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced or minced
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 400g diced beef
  • 400g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1L beef stock
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200g potatoes, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 100g plain natural or Greek yoghurt
  • 50g fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Fry the onion, garlic, and paprika, until softened.
  2. Add the beef and stir until evenly browned. Add the mushrooms and carrots, and cook until softened.
  3. Pour in the stock and tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for up to 1hr.
  4. Add the potatoes and cook uncovered for 20- 30mins, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Ladle into bowls, and top with a spoonful of yoghurt and chopped parsley.


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21 May, 2021

Hi, just a bit of a correction from a native Hungarian regarding the original Goulash. Goulash or Bean Goulash is not a stew. It is a soup, full of carrots, some onions and garlic, potatoes, beef and some kind of smoked meat like pork hock, herbs, like parsley and bay leaves, and ground paprika, salt and pepper to taste. The difference between the 2 types of goulash is that in the case of the bean goulash you add pinto beans to the soup as well which you pre-soaked overnight or for example butter beans and kidney beans to it.

D Warran

23 April, 2021

is this diet suitable for an old (86) girl?

Amy Groome

12 May, 2021

Hi Doreen, thanks for your interest in the programme! Absolutely, we welcome people from all age groups (+18). Please take our health quiz here to find out more and to get signed up 🙂


21 April, 2021

Is it possible to freeze this soup? I know I can adjust the recipe for 1 or 2 people by changing the quantities, but interested to know for ‘batch cooking’

Amy Groome

12 May, 2021

Hi Shareena, thanks for your question! You can freeze the soup 🙂


20 August, 2021

Hello team,
Can this be madera in a show Cooker. ? Thank you in advance


19 July, 2020

hi, do you have the nutritional info on this? I am making it for dinner tonight but im counting calories and need to know how many calories are in one portion

Tracy Hall

14 September, 2019

I’ve just made this but also added celery and green pepper … it was delicious …. I’m trying the free week so will be sampling your other recipes too …👌🏻

Dexter Travis

7 September, 2019

You shouldn’t have 2 foods on 1 bullet point, this isn’t the only recipe with this issue. Otherwise, looks like a tasty simple recipe.

Tamara Willner

12 September, 2019

Hi Dexter, thank you for your feedback. We have now adjusted all of the recipes to fix this issue. I’m so glad you like the look of this popular recipe!

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