My mum’s rather fabulous Goulash recipe

My mum’s rather fabulous Goulash recipe

If you’re looking for true comfort food, look no further than this simple yet delicious winter warmer – Goulash. This is my mum’s Goulash recipe and it’s best cooked low and slow. She used to cook it in the aga. Sadly I don’t have an aga (life goals though!) but with the right meat and the right temperature it is divine in a normal fan oven. I haven’t yet tried it in the slow cooker but I imagine it would be great in that too. For me, the most important thing about this recipe is the quality of the meat. I went to our local butchers for stewing steak and there was hardly any fat on it, and when cooked the meat just fell apart. I added a photo of the final result on my Instagram stories and someone messaged asking for the recipe, so here you are!

Goulash recipe


1 and 1/2 lb lean stewing steak (for those who use grams, Google tells me this is 680g!)

2 onions, sliced

1 green pepper, sliced

2 tsp paprika

3 tbsp tomato puree

pinch of grated nutmeg

2 large tomatoes quartered (I actually used two small handfuls of cherry tomatoes halved, as that’s all I had!)

1 bouquet garni (or use a good pinch of mixed herbs)

1/4 pint of beer

salt and pepper for seasoning

bisto best granules to thicken



Heat your oven to 150 C / 130 C fan.

Put everything except the beer and bisto in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of water and bring to the boil. Watch it doesn’t catch the bottom of the pan.

Whack it in the oven for 2.5 hours.

Add the beer and return to the oven for another 30 mins.

Once ready add the bisto granules to thicken.

Serve with greens, or a jacket potato – Enjoy!

It really is that easy. And so so good!


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Goulash Recipe




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