Low-carb Goulash soup

Cold nights just got a little warmer. Once you’ve experienced the complex, gentle spices and rich textures in this low-carb version of the traditional Hungarian shepherd’s dish, you’ll always know where to turn on a chilly evening. Hearty. comforting. And oh-so easy.
Cold nights just got a little warmer. Once you’ve experienced the complex, gentle spices and rich textures in this low-carb version of the traditional Hungarian shepherd’s dish, you’ll always know where to turn on a chilly evening. Hearty. comforting. And oh-so easy.

Ingredients

6 servingservings
USMetric
  • 1 1 yellow onionyellow onions
  • 2 2 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 8 oz. 225 g celery root or rutabaga
  • 1 1 red bell pepperred bell peppers
  • 1 lb 450 g ground lamb or ground beef
  • 4¼ oz. 120 g butter or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon ½ tablespoon crushed caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 15 oz. 400 g crushed tomatoes
  • 2½ - 3 cups 600 - 700 ml water
  • 1½ teaspoons 1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
For serving
  • 1 cup 240 ml sour cream or mayonnaise
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Peel and chop the vegetables finely.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic, with a generous amount of oil or butter, in heavy pan over medium heat until softened.
  3. Add the ground meat and sauté, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and browned.
  4. Add the bell pepper, celery root, paprika, cayenne, oregano, caraway, salt and pepper. Stir for about 1 minute. Pour in the tomatoes and 2 cups of water.
  5. Increase the heat and bring the soup to a light boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add remaining water and vinegar before serving.
  7. Serve with finely chopped parsley and dollop of sour cream or mayonnaise.

Tip!

Lamb really is the star of this soup, but if you’re not a fan—or you don’t have any on hand—try any ground meat you like. Beef is nice and hearty, with a subtler flavor than lamb, while ground chicken or turkey lend a milder flavor. And remember, almost all soups develop even more flavor after a day or two, so go ahead a make it ahead of time. You can get an even richer, more complex flavor by sautéing in half butter and half olive oil.

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9 Comments

  1. Zoe
    Sounds delicious and will be trying this week - but I think you've omitted the red bell peppers from the list of ingredients.
  2. CS
    I'm very excited to try this recipe, but I'm wondering if you could provide directions how to make it in a slow cooker? It would save me a lot of time if I could just put it all in a crock pot before I leave to work and then have it ready to eat when I come home.
  3. Gregg C Coleman
    What is the calorie per serving?
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  5. Luci
    This looks good, but are you guys ever going to ACTUALLY put all the nutritional information? Great, 12g of carbs, but I still need to know how many calories. This is pretty basic stuff here and makes me not want to look at any of your recipes anymore. Even just the calorie count, grams of fat, protein, and carbs would be much better than this percentage stuff you have going. Fiber content would be nice to know, as well. This is so frustrating with your recipes.
    Reply: #6
  6. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Luci!

    Sorry but we don't want to promote to much "counting" that's why we only have the carbs in gram.

    But If you feel that this is important to you then use the formula below to calculate, a bit complicated though. ;-)

    (%PROTEIN / %CARB) * gram_CARB = gram_PROTEIN
    (%FAT / %CARB) * 4/9 * gram_CARB = gram_FAT

    gram_CARB * 4 + gram_PROTEIN*4 + gram_FAT*9 = CALORIES

  7. Elisa
    This is a firm favourite with my family. Freezes well too.
  8. 1 comment removed
  9. L
    Or input the ingredients onto my fitness pal and save the recipe. The app will calculate it for you.
  10. Tammy
    This soup is absolutely delicious. Very filling!! Although not a big fan of lamb, cooked it with & absolutely loved it. Followed the recipe to a T. Will be my staple for this winter. PS: Could not find the caraway seeds to save my life. I’m in the US & Whole Foods did not have it.
  11. Lucinda
    Help. The brussel sprout and red onion recipe states 1/6th ounce of butter for 1 person and 2oz for 2 persons. Something is wrong here?

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