I am calling this a soup because…. it is.
It has the flavors of a traditional Hungarian goulash but it’s not a thick stew.
It’s also not the Midwestern goulash that my mother made which was ground beef, Creamettes elbow macaroni and Campbell’s tomato soup.
While Googling ‘goulash’ I see that my mother’s recipe has been resurrected, updated and is now being featured on food blogs that shall remain nameless.
The update swaps the soup for diced tomatoes and adds cheese (of course). I’m guessing, if I looked further, I’d find one that added bacon as well.
I digress….. Google does that to me.
I wanted a hot, slightly spicy soup so, as usual, I found a likely recipe (traditional goulash) and modified it (to make soup).
We were happy…..
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This is an easy, hearty soup…. Just add bread for a warming winter (or anytime) meal. This makes enough for 3 servings or, as we are 2, enough for dinner with a cup leftover for lunch the next day.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 3 servings 1x
- Category: Soup
- 12oz (350gr) ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 potatoes, cut into chunks
- 15oz (450gr) whole tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups (16oz, 480gr) tomato juice
- 3 cups (24oz, 720gr) beef stock
- 3 tbs tomato paste
- 1 tbs paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Heat oil in a small soup pot.
- Add paprika, chili powder and caraway, sauté for 1 minute.
- Add onion, pepper, garlic and sauté until tender.
- Add beef and brown, beaking it up as it cooks.
- When beef is brown, add all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
I sauté the spices to bring out their flavors. If you want a hotter soup, add more paprika and / or hotter peppers.
Keywords: goulash, soup, hearty soups
We get glorious sunsets almost year round here. Not every day, of course, but often. The main difference between winter and summer is the location of the sun.
In the summer it sets directly across from our kitchen window. In the winter it sets off the corner of the house where there are no windows.
The only time we notice it in winter is if it’s so spectacular that the sky lights up with color. When that happens, I grab my jacket and the camera and good outside to look.
Sunsets tend to be just before dark so light for photos is not always the best.
This photo is what it actually looked like. I took it using aperture mode:
The, just for fun, I switched to Auto – which of course, forced a flash as it was dark and my camera thought it could light up the sky….
Which, apparently, it did.
Further research required……
The first photo is right.
My camera and I need to became better acquainted.
Happy New Year !