Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup Recipe) (2024)

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Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup) is a rich beef soup that's spiced with paprika and seasoned with thyme, caraway, marjoram, onion, and garlic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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The broth is richly spiced with sweet paprika and flavored with onion and garlic. A touch of hot paprika (or cayenne pepper) adds ahint of heat and rounds out the flavor profile.

Gulaschsuppe Ingredients and Substitutions

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

  • Oil - I typically use avocado oil or clarified butter (aka ghee) to sear the beef for this soup, but you can use any mild or neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point, such as canola oil.
  • Beef sirloin - You have options when it comes to what cut of beef to use. Sirloin is a lean cut; if you prefer, you can use chuck roast, which has more marbling.
  • Onion and garlic - For savory flavor and aroma.
  • Bay leaves - Bay leaves add to the complexity of this soup with another layer of flavor.
  • Sweet paprika - Paprika is a classic spice in Hungarian cuisine. It adds a gorgeous reddish color to soup, and a subtle sweet, fruity pepper flavor.
  • Fresh thyme - Fresh thyme adds an herby, peppery, citrusy flavor. If you don't have fresh thyme on hand, you can use ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves instead.
  • Caraway seeds - Caraway is a classic spice in Goulash Soup; it adds a subtle anise-like flavor, similar to fennel.
  • Ground marjoram - Marjoram has a woodsy, earthy, citrusy flavor.
  • Hot paprika - This soup isn't spicy-hot; we only add a pinch of hot paprika to help create a balanced flavor profile. You can substitute with cayenne pepper if you don't have hot paprika on hand.
  • Beef stock - Use a good quality beef stock for the most flavorful soup.
  • Worcestershire sauce - Worcestershire sauce is a fermented condiment that packs a punch of savory umami flavor that pairs exceptionally well with beef. A little bit goes a long way!
  • Tamari sauce - Tamari sauce is a fermented condiment that's similar to soy sauce, but is gluten free. It adds great depth of flavor here.
  • Tomato paste - Tomato paste adds volume to the broth and helps thicken it slightly. It also adds another layer of flavor.
  • Salt and black pepper - These pantry-staple spices make sure our soup isn't bland.
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How to Make Gulaschsuppe

Sear the beef in a large pot.

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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.

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Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat down to simmer, cover the pot, and cook until the beef is tender, stirring occasionally.


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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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, orketo bunsto keep it low carb
  • Mashed potatoes or keep it lighter with mashed cauliflower
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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.
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More Beef Soup and Stew Recipes to Try

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Gulaschsuppe Recipe (German Goulash Soup)

By: Faith Gorsky

Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup) is a rich beef soup that's spiced with paprika and seasoned with thyme, caraway, marjoram, onion, and garlic.

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Course Soup

Cuisine Hungarian

Servings 6 servings

Calories 246 kcal




Faith's Tips

  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve garnished with fresh parsley or thyme.


Nutrition Facts

Gulaschsuppe Recipe (German Goulash Soup)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 246Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 5g

Cholesterol 62mg21%

Sodium 944mg41%

Potassium 1053mg30%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 30g60%

Vitamin A 1046IU21%

Vitamin C 7mg8%

Calcium 69mg7%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Keyword German Goulash Soup, Gulaschsuppe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on April 10, 2011 and updated on January 29, 2024.

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  1. Shawn says

    One of the best things about my trip to Germany! I have a big crock pot of it going now. (minus bay leaf.
    I had brisket on hand so this will need to slowly simmer all night and DRIVE MY FAMILY NUTS!! 😁 With snow coming tomorrow, this will be PERFECT!!


  2. 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😊


  3. Stuart Tolman says

    I use stock and dark German beer.


  4. Sarah says

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    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!!!


  5. Erita Viljoen says

    Made it at my son’s request
    Awaiting his feedback


  6. 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!


  7. 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!


    • Faith says

      Roger, 6 cups of beef stock is about 1.4 liters. Hope you enjoy the soup!


  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).


  9. FOODESSA says

    Warm comfort...great flavours...and a little crusty bread on the side...mummmm. I'm set for a wonderful meal ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,


  10. 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!


  11. Biren @ Roti n Rice says

    Looks and sounds like a delicious bowl of soup! I would love to have a bowl right now.


  12. Mimi says

    I can see why Mike eats your soup. So hearty and a great combination of flavors.


  13. 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!


  14. Sara @ Belly Rumbles says

    As it is getting colder here in Sydney, that is just the perfect recipe. Lovely, rich and flavour packed.


  15. Raina 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:)


  16. 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).


  17. Swathi says

    This German soup looks awesome. Nice flavors.


  18. Krista says

    That sounds like a nice hearty, comforting bowl of soup!!


  19. Lazaro says

    Lovely course. Beautifully presented and executed.



  20. Lucy says

    This soup looks delicious - the flavours all sound so good! Love the story behind it as well :)


  21. Dana says

    I love all the spices and flavors in this soup! When do we get the recipe for the pretzel rolls?


  22. Barbara says

    My mother made goulash all the time (her side was German) but never goulash soup. This looks great, Faith!


  23. Angie's Recipes says

    I prefer mine with pretzel too :-)) This looks so nice.


  24. Monet 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!


  25. 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!


  26. Maria @ Scandifoodie says

    This is something my partner (and his German dad) would greatly appreciate! Sounds amazing!


  27. Diane says

    Now if only I had the ingredients for this at home I could enjoy it tonight!! Diane


  28. Jen 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!


  29. 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. :)


  30. 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 :)


  31. coco says

    This soup is fabulous! I tried it when I travel to German two years ago and love it, and it looks exactly like yours! :)


  32. Rosa says

    Delicious! What great flavors.




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