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Gulaschsuppe - German Goulash Soup

Prep Time:


Cook Time:

1 1/2 Hours


4-6 Servings



About the Recipe

German Goulash Soup actually originated in Hungary. However, it’s quite common and considered traditional fare in Germany. This flavorful soup features pieces of beef slowly simmering until tender.
The broth is richly spiced with sweet paprika and flavored with onion and garlic. A touch of hot paprika adds a hint of heat and rounds out the flavor profile.


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or any neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin trimmed of fat and cubed

  • 2 large onions diced

  • 5 large cloves garlic minced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet paprika

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds ground

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground marjoram

  • 1/16 teaspoon hot paprika or cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 6 cups beef stock plus more if needed

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 2 ounces tomato paste

  • Minced fresh parsley or thyme for garnish (optional)


Step 1

  • In a 5-quart pot with a lid, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the beef and sear on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Step 2

  • Add the onions and sauté until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.

  • Add the garlic, bay leaves, paprika, thyme, caraway, marjoram, hot paprika, salt, and black pepper. Sauté 1 to 2 minutes, until everything is fragrant.

Step 3

  • Stir in the beef stock, Worcestershire, tamari, and tomato paste, and bring up to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook until beef is tender (about 1 hour), stirring occasionally. Add more liquid (beef stock or water) if necessary.

Step 4

  • Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper as desired. Garnish each serving with a pinch of fresh chopped parsley.

  • Serve with rye bread or a hearty crusty bread or a pretzel roll.

Tip: Store German Goulash Soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. As the flavors blend, it gets even more delicious!

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