Quick Hungarian goulash


1 small onion
2 potatoes (approx. 250g)
50g chestnut mushrooms
Spray oil
200g stir-fry beef strips
1½ x 5ml spoon paprika
150g passata
1 reduced salt beef stock cube


Chopping board, vegetable knife, saucepan with lid, mixing spoon, plate, measuring spoons, measuring jug.


  1. Prepare the ingredients:
    - peel and dice the onion;
    - peel and dice the potatoes;
    - slice the mushrooms; 
    - chop the parsley if using.
  2. Spray a saucepan with oil and fry the beef for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, do this in batches.
  3. Tip the meat onto a plate.
  4. Off the heat, spray with a little more oil if needed.
  5. Add the onion and mushrooms to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, until they start to colour.
  6. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the paprika over the onion and mushrooms and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the potatoes and passata. Crumble over the stock cube.
  8. Add 300ml boiling water and stir.
  9. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  10. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked.
  11. Add the beef and warm through, about 3-4 minutes.

Top tips:

  • Serve the goulash with a mixed green salad. Alternatively, with brown rice, whole wheat pasta or cheese scones (known as pogácsa in Hungary).
  • Try pork cubes or strips or sausages (with a high meat content) instead of beef.
  • For a vegetarian dish, swap the beef for a 400g can of chickpeas or butterbeans (drained and rinsed) and add at step 11. Alternatively, use a plant-based meat alternative and increase the mushrooms to 100g.


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