When I want authentic ethic food, I think of my grandma’s Hungarian Goulash. But, authentic traditional Hungarian Goulash is full of flavor but loaded with fat. Although thousands of recipes share similar flavors, most recipes contain meat and cheese. Even in Hungary, chefs create their own unique ingredients when crafting goulash. So, being somewhat of a chef, I created my own Vegan Hungarian Goulash Recipe.
Even though many recipes differ, the sweet, subtly spicy flavors resonate in all goulashes. For instance, Paul and I like it hot, but the level of spice is personal. If you like it hot, add more spice. But remember, you can always add spice, you can’t take it away.
How to “veganize” grandma’s recipe:
For example, my Vegan Goulash is a one-pot, minimal mess, quick recipe that works perfectly for a week night dinner. In fact, this recipe is so easy, it practically cooks itself.
In order to mimic my grandmother’s Hungarian Goulash recipe, I started with her base ingredients. Obviously I deleted the meat, cheeses and oil, and I added vegan, healthy whole foods. Despite my preference of using a mushroom/lentil combination, you can also use Beyond Meat Crumbles or another soy alternative like Boca Crumbles. Also, you can choose gluten-free noodles instead of the whole grain elbow macaroni in the recipe.
Determining your spice level is up to you:
Furthermore, the sauce and spices are the magic to this recipe. Although the sauce is tomato based, the adobo sauce, soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire Sauce , Italian seasoning, and garlic create an incredible combination of flavors. The macaroni actually cooks in the pot at the end with the vegetables and sauce, so everything absorbs the flavors.
Despite my husband’s negative childhood experiences with Hungarian Goulash, I figured I could change his mind. He ate two helpings, and I watched as he smeared bread around the bottom of the bowl to sop up the last bit of the sauce. He also took the leftovers to work the next day. Apparently my Vegan Hungarian Goulash changed his mind.
If you need a quick dinner with very few ingredients, try some Vegan Hungarian Goulash. The kids loved it, and I made it all in one pot. I also served each bowl with a hard crusted whole grain fresh bread I warmed in the oven. The sauce is so delicious; it requires some bread for dipping. Unless of course, you want the kids licking their bowls.
Other quick, one-pot recipes you may like:
Another one-pot, easy meal you may enjoy is Oil-Free Vegan 20 Minute One-Pot Wonder Pasta.