Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup) is a rich beef soup that’s spiced with paprika and seasoned with thyme, caraway, marjoram, onion, and garlic.
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.
There is an adorable pedestrian shopping mall in downtown Ithaca called the Commons. It has various stores and restaurants (for more pics of the Commons, see this post from mine and Mike’s last anniversary).
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.
Homemade Gulaschsuppe served along with a pretzel roll and a salad of baby spinach, chopped apple, walnuts, oil, and vinegar.
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.
The Best Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup Recipe)
German Goulash Soup actually originated in Hungary. However, it’s quite common and considered traditional fare in Germany. (Read more about Gulaschsuppe on German Culture.)
This flavorful soup features pieces of beef slowly simmering until tender. Just take a look…
The broth is richly spiced with sweet paprika and flavored with onion and garlic. A touch of hot paprika (or cayenne pepper) adds a hint of heat and rounds out the flavor profile.
- Beef sirloin
- Bay leaves
- Sweet paprika
- Fresh thyme
- Caraway seeds
- Ground marjoram
- Hot paprika (or cayenne pepper)
- Beef stock
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
- Tomato paste
- Black pepper
How to Make Gulaschsuppe
Sear the beef in a large pot.
Add the onion and cook until starting to soften. Add the seasonings and cook for a minute or two until fragrant. Stir in the stock and tomato paste.
Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat down to simmer, cover the pot, and cook until the beef is tender, stirring occasionally.
How to Store This Soup
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!
What to Serve with Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup)
This is a hearty winter dish, and I like to serve it with something to soak up the delicious stew. Here are a few ideas:
- Rye bread, pretzel bread, crusty bread, or keto buns to keep it low carb
- Mashed potatoes or keep it lighter with mashed cauliflower
Tips for Making Gulaschsuppe
- For the the ground caraway seeds, I use whole caraway seeds and lightly crush them using a mortar and pestle. You can also put them in a small plastic bag and lightly crush them with a rolling pin.
- You can add 2 potatoes and 4 carrots (all chopped) after the meat has cooked for about 30 minutes. Add a splash more liquid (beef stock or water) if necessary.
- If you can’t find hot paprika, you can use cayenne pepper instead.
More Beef Soup and Stew Recipes to Try
- Sweet and Spicy Beef, Butternut, and White Bean Stew
- Low Carb Instant Pot Red Wine Beef Stew
- Ethiopian Ground Beef Stew
- Spicy Beef Noodle Soup
- Basic Beef Stew Using Pantry Staples
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Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup)
- 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 teaspoons tamari sauce or soy sauce
- 2 ounces tomato paste
- Minced fresh parsley or thyme for garnish (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper as desired.
- If desired, serve garnished with minced fresh parsley or thyme.
- Net Carbs: 9g per serving
- Caraway Seeds: For the the ground caraway seeds, I use whole caraway seeds and lightly crush them using a mortar and pestle. You can also put them in a small plastic bag and lightly crush them with a rolling pin.
- Let the Flavors Blend: This soup is even more delicious the next day after the flavors have had the chance to blend.
- Serving Suggestion: You can serve this with a dollop of sour cream for added richness.
How to Make This Soup in the Instant Pot
- Heat the oil in an Instant Pot on the “Saute” function. Once hot, add the beef and sear on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add the onion and cook until it’s starting to soften, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Add the bay leaves, paprika, thyme, caraway, marjoram, hot paprika, salt, and black pepper and cook for 30 seconds more, stirring constantly. Press “Cancel” to turn off the “Saute” function.
- Stir in the beef stock, Worcestershire, tamari, and tomato paste. Cover the Instant Pot and set it to “Manual, High Pressure” for 35 minutes. Once it’s done, vent it to release the steam.
- Serve garnished with fresh parsley or thyme.
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on April 10, 2011. I updated it with more information on September 20, 2021.
Ina Willis says
I made my goulash with carrots , potatoes, and celery. And at the end I put red wine in it. Just the right flavore.mmmmhhhhh😊
Stuart Tolman says
I use stock and dark German beer.
Simmering on the stove right now for an upcoming Oktoberfest event this weekend; I doubled the recipe and used a homemade beef bone broth that I simmered earlier in the day- it tastes amazing and I’m sure it will be the star of the show this weekend!!!
Erita Viljoen says
Made it at my son’s request
Awaiting his feedback
connie orcutt says
Fantastic…just like the soup I ordered when I lived in Hielbronn put some creame on top…It was wonderful
thanks so much for putting it on line!
Made this last night. Followed the recipe but added on diced red pepper. Delicious…just like I used to eat in Wiesbaden! Thanks!
Roger Jones says
Sounds just what I am looking to make,but,how much is 6 c of beef sock?
Roger, 6 cups of beef stock is about 1.4 liters. Hope you enjoy the soup!
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
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).
Warm comfort…great flavours…and a little crusty bread on the side…mummmm. I’m set for a wonderful meal ;o)
Emily Z 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!
Biren @ Roti n Rice says
Looks and sounds like a delicious bowl of soup! I would love to have a bowl right now.
I can see why Mike eats your soup. So hearty and a great combination of flavors.
Steve @ HPD 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!
Sara @ Belly Rumbles says
As it is getting colder here in Sydney, that is just the perfect recipe. Lovely, rich and flavour packed.
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:)
5 Star Foodie says
Looks like a terrific, rich and flavorful soup, and it sounds just perfect with a pretzel roll (we get those at wegmans all the time).
This German soup looks awesome. Nice flavors.
That sounds like a nice hearty, comforting bowl of soup!!
Lovely course. Beautifully presented and executed.
This soup looks delicious – the flavours all sound so good! Love the story behind it as well :)
I love all the spices and flavors in this soup! When do we get the recipe for the pretzel rolls?
My mother made goulash all the time (her side was German) but never goulash soup. This looks great, Faith!
Angie's Recipes says
I prefer mine with pretzel too :-)) This looks so nice.
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!
Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine 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!
Maria @ Scandifoodie says
This is something my partner (and his German dad) would greatly appreciate! Sounds amazing!
Now if only I had the ingredients for this at home I could enjoy it tonight!! Diane
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!
Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says
What a hearty soup! It’s chilly and damp here today, and a bowl of this would sure taste good. :)
Heidi @ Food Doodles 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 :)
This soup is fabulous! I tried it when I travel to German two years ago and love it, and it looks exactly like yours! :)
Delicious! What great flavors.