Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Week 5: Hungarian Goulash Soup

The Recipe
125g bacon, diced
1lb beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes
3 cups beef broth
2 tbsp paprika
1.5 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
Dash sugar
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

In a large pot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Add beef cubes and brown on all sides. Add bell pepper and onions; cook until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, paprika, salt, pepper and sugar.

Cover and simmer for about 1-1.5 hours or until beef is tender. About 1/2 hour before serving, add the potatoes and reserved bacon; cook until potatoes are tender.

The Verdict
I used pork stew meat instead of beef stew meat. It was fine, but I think it would have been better with beef -- possibly minced beef would have been even better.

Apart from that, I really liked it. I was so tired last night that even chewing was a chore, so soup was just the thing :) And fortunately it tasted great too :)

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