Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup)

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I like my Gulaschsuppe served along with a pretzel roll and a salad of baby spinach, chopped apple, walnuts, oil, & vinegar…

Ithaca, NY, which is located on the southern end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lake region, is one of the quaintest little towns I know of.  While the name Ithaca may not be familiar right away, it might ring a bell when you hear that it is home to Cornell University (and the Moosewood Restaurant!).

There is an adorable pedestrian shopping mall in downtown Ithaca called the Commons with various stores and restaurants (for more pics of the Commons, see this post from mine and Mike’s last anniversary).  While there’s plenty of variety when it comes to places to eat, mine and Mike’s favorite restaurant is a German place called Brötchen, and when we’re walking the Commons around lunchtime we end up there for lunch more often than not.

At Brötchen I always order this soup and Mike always orders some kind of sandwich.  And then he inevitably regrets not ordering this soup and eats half of mine…which is ok because then I have room for dessert.  ;)

Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup) (Recipe inspired by Brötchen’s soup in Ithaca, NY and adapted from Recipe Goldmine)

(Yield:  6 servings) 

2 TB canola oil

1 to 1 1/4 lb beef sirloin, trimmed of fat and cubed

2 large onions, diced

5 large cloves garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

2 TB sweet paprika

1 1/2 tsp fresh minced thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)

1/2 tsp ground caraway seeds

1/2 tsp ground marjoram

Pinch cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)

6 c beef stock

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp tamari sauce (or soy sauce)

2 oz tomato paste

Salt and pepper

In a 5-quart pot with a lid, heat oil on medium-high heat; add beef and sear on all sides (about 2-3 minutes per side).  Add onions and sauté until starting to soften (about 5 minutes).  Add garlic, bay leaves, paprika, thyme, caraway, marjoram, cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper and sauté 1-2 minutes until everything is fragrant.  Add beef stock, Worcestershire, tamari, and tomato paste and bring up to a boil.  Turn heat down to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook until beef is tender (about an hour), stirring occasionally.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. 

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  1. says

    Yum! I have a recipe very similar to this. The taste of marjoram in this brings back so many childhood memories. I love it! Mine doesn’t have caraways seeds though, but I can imagine it would taste fantastic. I’ll try to remember to add some to mine next time :)

  2. says

    What a great soup Faith! I love the little bit of tamari in it – interesting with the more traditional German ingredients. I want that pretzel roll too!

  3. says

    Hi, I just came across your blog!
    I absolutely LOVE your about page- so informative!
    Your soup looks great and so does that roll on the side-yum. I don’t think I’ve ever had traditional German food. I love saurkraut, though!

  4. says

    Oh yum! This sounds perfect. Ryan and I just made pretzel rolls too. Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I’ve grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

  5. says

    I have never had this soup but wish I had because it looks delicious, full of wonderful flavor. That pretzel roll looks pretty darn good too:)

  6. says

    Sorry … I know it’s me … but I can’t eat Gulaschsuppe unless I’m wearing fleece and gore-tex and have a pair of 215 cm Volkls strapped to my feet. It’ll always be ski-food for me, just like a canned iced coffee and a Ritter-Sport is always an autobahn gas station break snack. Cheers!

  7. says

    German GOULASH SOUP!?! WOW! This sounds amazing! I have German roots on both parents’ side of the family, so I see no excuse not to try this!

  8. Jenny says

    Is there a recipe for the awesome pretzel roll you have in the photo to go with the soup? If so may I have it? :D

    • admin says

      Hi Jenny, You read my mind, I’ve been wanting to make homemade pretzel rolls! :) I actually didn’t make the ones in the picture (they’re from a local grocery store called Wegmans), but a while ago my friend Joanne posted a really delicious looking recipe for them…here’s the link if you want to check it out!

  9. Kristina says

    Made this last night. Followed the recipe but added on diced red pepper. Delicious…just like I used to eat in Wiesbaden! Thanks!

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