January 4, 2023

German goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe)

Bowl of German Goulash Soup topped with sour cream.

German goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe) is a hearty and warming stick-to-your-ribs meal for a winter day. 

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It's National Soup Swap Day and I am sharing a new soup recipe in celebration along with a bunch of other bloggers! You can find all the recipes at the bottom of this post.

I love making soup and I love eating soup, too. It's so versatile, it's often very budget-friendly, and it warms you up when the colder weather strikes (though I also eat soups in the warm weather). 

I've had this Gulaschsuppe marked in my copy of The German Cookbook for a few years now. It's supposed to be a favorite midnight snack in beer halls, according to the book. 

I don't know why it took me so long to make it -- it's a simple soup that is full of flavor! It's best made the day before eating, but you can serve it right away, too. 

Close up of a finished bowl of German Goulash Soup.

I read a bunch of recipes online as well and some were pretty bare bones - just the beef, potatoes, and onion with water and seasonings. Others had vegetables like carrots and bell peppers and used broth. I went with a combination of recipes and made it as listed below. 

This soup is very much like a beef stew with stew beef, potatoes, and carrots. It has more broth than a stew and then contains spices and flavors like caraway, Hungarian paprika, marjoram, and red wine vinegar to give it the goulash flavor. 

Serve this German Goulash Soup with crusty bread for sopping up all the super flavorful broth. It's perfect for any wintery or cold evening.

Yield: about 6 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
German Goulash Soup (Gulaschsuppe)

German Goulash Soup (Gulaschsuppe)

German goulash soup (Gulaschsuppe) is a hearty and warming stick-to-your-ribs meal for a winter day.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean beef stew meat, cut into 3/4" to 1" cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 quarts beef broth
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • sour cream, for serving, optional


  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the beef, onion, and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, and paprika and cook for another minute.
  3. Stir in a good pinch of salt, a few grinds of black pepper, and the vinegar. Then add the caraway and marjoram along with the broth.
  4. Let the mixture come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Add the potatoes and continue to simmer until they are tender, about 15 minutes. Check for seasoning.
  6. At this point you can serve, topped with sour cream, if desired. Or, let cool and refrigerate, then reheat the next day to serve.
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Pot of German Goulash Soup.

This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other soup recipes:

Sausage, Potato, & Swiss Chard Soup

(Un)Stuffed Banana Pepper Soup

Cheddar Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chowder 

Bean with Bacon Soup

National Soup Swap Day Recipes

National Soup Swap Day logo with tomato soup and grilled cheese.


  1. One of my favourites, esp. in cold winter time.

  2. I am adding this to my list of soups to make....so good!

  3. I've had Gulaschsuppe in Germany and Austria and it is delicious. I know that I would love your version. I had to laugh, yes...we were up at midnight listening to music in a famous hotel's bar in the Black Forest and they passed out small bowls of this soup if you wanted it. :D

    1. That's awesome, Karen!! I'd love to do that someday!

  4. What a neat sounding cookbook. I love exploring international recipes. This looks delicious.

  5. I love trying German recipes because both my family and my husband's are of German decent. Thanks for sharing on the Celebrate 365 Soup Swap!

  6. There's a german restaurant that makes this soup too and I love it, but I bet yours is way better hehe! Homemade is always best!!

  7. this looks so hearty and filling!

  8. This German girl can't wait to try this!

  9. Something about goulash has always made me nervous, but this is so amazing. I don't know what scared me so much!

  10. I love The German Cookbook! I have made many recipes from it and i now will make this one too! Such a hearty and flavorful soup!

  11. This sounds amazing, I've got some caraway in the cabinet that I bought for a recipe and have been looking for other ways to use it!

  12. What a beautiful and hearty soup! I bet the beef is so tender and delicious

  13. Looks delicious Amy! Have never had this dish, but yours sure makes it very tempting. Thanks!

  14. Hearty and flavorful, just what I want at this time of the year. Yours looks beautiful! And really, really good. Thanks!

  15. Your goulash looks delicious...a truly comfort food...specially in this cold weather.
    I hope you are having a wonderful week Amy!

  16. Looks so hearty and filling! Reminds me of a soup that my dad would love :)

  17. Amy, this soup definitely looks a stick-to-your-ribs meal in a bowl! Yum, I'm pinning this one, it's must-try! We don't typically eat much beef, but lately I've just had a craving for it! Perfect recipe, thanks!


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