Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Goulash can either be a soup or a stew but in this case more of a stew. It's a traditional Hungarian recipe but there are many other variations that exist in other countries such as Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia and even here in the US.

This recipe would be the most similar to the Australian version. I used shredded tempeh to substitute the ground beef that is traditionally used. For a soy-free version, substitute the tempeh with 1 to 1/2 cups of lentils. Just increase the water used to 2 cups because the lentils will soak up most of the cooking liquid.

It took less than a hour to cook this. The only real work needed is a little chopping of the onions and shredding of the tempeh. Other than that, this is one of those meals that does all the cooking for you. Enjoy!

Serves 4 to 6

* 1 Tb olive oil
* 1 to 1 1/2 pounds tempeh, shredded ( about 2 to 3 packages )
* 1 yellow onion, diced
* 1 cups water
* 1 ( 15 ounce ) can of tomato sauce
* 1 ( 28 ounce ) can of diced tomatoes
* 2 cloves of garlic, minced
* 2 tsp dried basil
* 2 tsp marjoram
* 2 tsp dried oregano
* 2 tsp dried rosemary
* 2 tsp thyme
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 Tb tamari
* 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
* 1 1/2 cup dried macaroni pasta
( I used a little shredded Daiya mozzarella cheese and minced parsley for garnish but this is not necessary )

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the shredded tempeh and saute another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add a little of the water to deglaze the pan and scrap up all the brown bits. Pour the rest of the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, bay leaf, soy sauce and pepper. Stir well, bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.

4. Add the macaroni, stir well, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.

5. Turn off heat and remove bay leaves. Season to taste with more black pepper and salt, if desired.

The weather has been so cold lately that Taffy has been laying in the sun all day. Really can't blame him : ]


  1. Mmmm, so yummy. I'm all into the Hungarian recipes at the moment!
    I think I like the stew version better than a soup one...all that flavor with pasta...yum.

  2. I like both versions of goulash. Had some mushroom goulash the other day...yummy!
    Taffy enjoys the sun a lot!

  3. I had no idea there was an Aussie version of goulash! It looks delicious!

  4. That looks very tasty, I might try it sometime! Your cat is super cute too :)

  5. Yum, Jacklyn. I make stuff like this all the time but never post it. I don't know why. Yours looks great though! And it makes me realize I need to stop being so odd about what I post...

  6. oh yay taffy in the sun! all of my kiddos do that, or curl up in a ball right next to me. goulash looks like it could be happening in my house very soon.

  7. I saw this post last night and had this really strong urge to make I did today! And I blogged about it here:

    Thank you for bringing me goulashy joy :)

  8. I've had a craving for goulash for weeks now, I think I need to finally get cooking!

  9. Love me some goulash. This one looks great, reminds me of something my grandmother used to make.

  10. I also had no idea there was an Aussie version of goulash but this looks perfect for an Aussie living in Europe on a cold day!! So mouth-watering!!! Bookmarked!