Delicious Vegetarian Goulash Recipe – Perfect For Dinner!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in pursuit of good health and hearty meal, must be in want of a delicious vegetarian dish. And so, it brings me great pleasure to present to you my vegetarian goulash recipe.

In this bustling world, where time is fleeting, it can often prove difficult to cook a meal of sustenance that is both healthy and flavorsome. That is why I have crafted this recipe with utmost care, to ensure that you can prepare it with ease and enjoy the wholesome goodness of a vegan goulash at your own comfort.

As an assistant to a vegan chef, I have sampled various delectable vegetarian goulash recipes but this one stands out from the rest. Bold in its flavor profile, comforting in its texture and completely plant-based, you’ll find yourself going back for seconds (and perhaps even thirds!).

So without further ado, let’s head to the kitchen!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegetarian Goulash
Vegetarian Goulash

Dear readers,

Are you looking for a hearty and flavorful meal that’s both meatless and satisfying? Look no further than this vegetarian goulash recipe!

Not only is it cruelty-free and environmentally conscious, but it’s also packed with delicious vegetables and savory spices. Trust me when I say that this recipe will become a staple in your home.

One of the things I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can use any combination of vegetables you have on hand, making it a great way to use up any odds and ends in your fridge. The addition of caraway seeds, smoked paprika, and dried oregano creates layers of flavor that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

And let’s not forget about the simple pleasure of a warm bowl of pasta. Elbow macaroni is the perfect choice for this recipe, as its small size allows it to be coated in the rich tomato sauce and soak up all the flavors.

If you’re not a fan of pasta, you can always serve this goulash with mashed potatoes or crusty bread to sop up the delicious sauce.

So why else should you love this recipe? It’s easy to make! With just a handful of ingredients and some basic cooking skills, you can have a wholesome meal on your table in no time. Plus, it reheats well, making it perfect for meal prep or leftovers.

Overall, this vegetarian goulash recipe is a dish that everyone can enjoy. It’s healthy, flavorful, simple to make, and versatile. Give it a try – I promise you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A delicious bowl of hearty and flavorful vegetarian goulash.
A delicious bowl of hearty and flavorful vegetarian goulash.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Vegetarian Goulash Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes cubed
  • 15 ounces whole canned tomatoes crushed with your hands
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into a comforting bowl of our vegetarian version of this classic dish.
Dive into a comforting bowl of our vegetarian version of this classic dish.

Now, it is time for the main event – cooking process. Gather all the ingredients first and let’s begin!

Step 1: Sauté Vegetables

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Once it’s hot, add diced onion, minced garlic and sliced bell peppers one by one. Stir well and cook until vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 2: Add Spices and Liquid Ingredients

Add smoked tofu, chopped mushrooms, diced celery and stir again. Let cook for an additional 5 minutes. Afterward, add tomato puree, canned tomatoes, a few teaspoons of paprika, a pinch of caraway seeds and some dried oregano. Pour in a cup of red wine into the pot, followed by two cups of water.

Step 3: Simmer all Together

Bring it to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and let everything simmer for at least an hour.

Step 4: Cook Pasta

Cook your desired pasta (elbow macaroni, penne, fusilli) according to its package instructions.

Step 5: Serve

Ladle the vegetarian goulash on top of the pasta or serve it on its own with mashed potatoes or rice. Top off with some vegan sour cream or fresh herbs like parsley, if desired.

That’s it! You have now accomplished making this mouthwatering vegan goulash recipe from scratch. Enjoy every spoonful of this hearty dish with your family or friends.

Substitutions and Variations

 This vegetarian goulash will warm both your heart and your stomach.
This vegetarian goulash will warm both your heart and your stomach.

My dearest readers, with the world constantly changing and our diets evolving, you may find yourself wanting to modify certain ingredients in this goulash recipe. Fear not! Here are some substitutions and variations that will guarantee a delectable outcome.

For those avoiding gluten, switch the pasta out for gluten-free options. Rice or quinoa pasta would be an excellent alternative. You could also enjoy the goulash over mashed potatoes or rice.

To make this dish vegan, simply exchange the butter beans for smoked tofu to add that much needed protein to the dish.

For individuals who prefer a spicier goulash or have an extra container of hot paprika lying around, throw in 1/4 tsp of hot paprika. Your taste buds will thank you. Similarly, if you do not have caraway seeds on hand, fennel seeds will work just as well.

Feel free to experiment with different varieties of canned tomato products. Crushed tomatoes can be used in place of canned whole tomatoes and a combination of tomato paste and water can replace the tomato sauce.

This dish is versatile enough that you can play with the vegetables added as well. Add more mushrooms for a meaty texture or swap out peppers for zucchini, eggplant, or butternut squash for a twist on a classic recipe.

I hope these suggestions inspire your culinary creativity and lead you on your own quest for experimentation in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready for a cozy night in with this delicious vegetarian goulash.
Get ready for a cozy night in with this delicious vegetarian goulash.

One of the best things about this vegetarian goulash is its versatility in terms of serving and pairing. You can ladle it over elbow macaroni for a classic American style dish, or serve it alongside mashed potatoes for an extra comforting meal.

If you’re looking to keep things light, try pairing this goulash with a simple green salad, seasoned with a tangy vinaigrette. The refreshing bitterness of the greens complement the warmth and richness of the goulash.

Alternatively, you can also satisfy your carb cravings by serving this vegan goulash with crusty sourdough bread. The bread’s chewy texture and earthy flavor provides a perfect contrast to the thick and hearty stew.

For a complete meal, consider adding some additional protein like smoked tofu or butter beans to this vegetarian goulash soup. These add-ons will give you an extra boost of energy to fuel up your day while keeping the dish 100% plant-based.

This vegan Hungarian goulash recipe is also great for batch cooking and meal prep, so you can enjoy it throughout the week on its own or paired with different side dishes. Whatever you choose to pair it with, this goulash is sure to satisfy your craving for something warm and comforting.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The mouth-watering aroma will fill your kitchen when you cook this vegetarian goulash.
The mouth-watering aroma will fill your kitchen when you cook this vegetarian goulash.

Dear readers,

As a busy chef myself, I understand the importance of make-ahead dishes. This vegetarian goulash recipe is ideal for making ahead of time and storing in the refrigerator. It can be reheated with ease for a quick and hearty meal.

To make this dish ahead of time, follow the recipe instructions as usual. Once cooked, allow to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. This dish will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

When it’s time to reheat your goulash, there are several options available. You can reheat it in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through. Alternatively, you can microwave it in a covered dish on high power for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through.

If you happen to have leftovers of this delicious goulash, it makes for a perfect lunch or dinner throughout the entire week. Make sure to store it properly in an sealed container in the refrigerator.

Finally, keep in mind that if you do need to reheat your goulash, it may need additional seasoning since flavors often intensify when they’re reheated. Taste test first and add more spices if necessary.

I hope these make-ahead tips help with your busy schedule without sacrificing on taste and quality!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This vegetarian goulash is packed full of savory vegetables and spices.
This vegetarian goulash is packed full of savory vegetables and spices.

In order to ensure that your vegetarian goulash turns out perfectly every time, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

First and foremost, be sure to use good quality ingredients. Fresh vegetables and properly seasoned paprika can make all the difference in the flavor profile of your dish.

It is important to note that the caraway seed and dried oregano should not be left out of this recipe. While they may seem like small details, they really do enhance the overall taste of the goulash.

To intensify the flavor even more, try using smoked tofu instead of regular tofu. This will add a richer, savory element that works particularly well with the tomato-based sauce.

When it comes to cooking the dish, be sure to give yourself enough time for it to simmer and develop its flavors. It’s best to let it cook for at least an hour so that everything melds together beautifully.

Another helpful tip is to make sure that you’re using a large pot or Dutch oven when cooking this recipe. With so many ingredients, it’s important to have plenty of space for everything to cook evenly without overcrowding.

Finally, if you’re serving this dish with pasta or mashed potatoes, be sure to cook them separately and add them right before serving. This will help to maintain their texture and prevent them from getting overcooked or too soft.

By following these tips, you can be confident that your vegetarian goulash will turn out delicious every single time.


Before we conclude, let’s briefly go over some frequently asked questions about this delicious vegetarian goulash recipe. If you have any further inquiries, feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll try my best to answer them for you.

What is the difference between Hungarian goulash and regular goulash?

Hungarian Goulash and American Goulash are similar dishes with distinct differences in ingredients and cooking methods. Hungarian Goulash is a hearty stew that features meat, vegetables, and a paprika-infused broth, whereas American Goulash is a quick and easy-to-make dish that mainly consists of ground beef, tomato sauce, herbs, and elbow macaroni noodles. American Goulash is also referred to as American Chop Suey.

What makes a goulash a goulash?

Hungarian cuisine features a couple of classic stews, such as the “kettle goulash.” This dish traditionally includes cubes of beef or mutton, onions, lard, garlic, caraway seeds, tomatoes, green peppers, and potatoes. Another popular Hungarian stew is the Székely gulyás, which comprises pork and sauerkraut mixed with tomatoes, onions, caraway seeds, and sour cream for a rich and tangy flavour.

What are the two types of goulash?

Goulash comes in two forms: Hungarian goulash that uses beef served with egg noodles after slow-cooking, and American goulash that includes ground beef and cooks the noodles together with the sauce.

How does Gordon Ramsay make goulash?

Let’s get started on this delicious vegan dish. To begin, we need to preheat the oven to a temperature of 140C/275F/Fan 120C/Gas Mark 1.

Next, in a flame proof casserole, heat up some oil until it’s hot enough. Take the braising steak and add it to the casserole. Let it cook until it’s got a nice brown color on all sides. Once it’s evenly cooked, use a draining spoon to transfer it onto a plate.

After that, put in the flour and paprika into the same casserole with the remaining oil. Mix this well and we should have a thick paste-like mixture. It’s important that we stir it well so that it doesn’t become lumpy.

To finish this up, I recommend serving this dish on a bed of rice. Top it off with some sour cream and sliced pickled cucumbers for that extra tanginess. Trust me, this is one flavorful dish that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this vegetarian goulash recipe is a delightful fusion of flavors that will leave you wanting more. It’s a hearty and filling dish that is perfect for any time of the day, be it lunch or dinner. This vegan and vegetarian-friendly dish is perfect for those who are looking for an alternative to traditional meat-based goulash recipes without sacrificing flavor and texture.

By following the easy-to-follow instructions outlined in this recipe article, you can quickly whip up a scrumptious vegetarian goulash that will impress your family and friends. Whether you’re serving it with smashed potatoes, pasta or elbow macaroni, or just by itself, this dish is sure to become one of your go-to meals.

Moreover, making this recipe may require a little bit of extra effort, but I promise you; the end result is worth it. You’ll get to enjoy the sweet fragrancy of caraway seeds, garlic cloves and smoked tofu chicken intermingling with the tangy notes of tomato sauce and red wine. Every spoonful of this Vegan Hungarian goulash brings an explosion of flavors that tickles your taste buds.

Overall, as a chief assistant to the chef who created this magnificent recipe, I highly recommend you try this fantastic vegetarian goulash recipe. I guarantee that once you’ve made it once, it’ll become a regular in your home kitchen or restaurant menu. So why not give it a try today? Your taste buds will thank you for it!

Vegetarian Goulash

Vegetarian Goulash Recipe

Miss good goulash and don't want the meat? Try this recipe adapted from Allrecipes! I have tweeked it and added a few things. I hope you enjoy!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Calories 147.5 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushroom, sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup veggie crumbles (or veggie steak strips)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika is wonderful!)
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can whole canned tomatoes, chopped, reserve juice
  • 1/2 cup red wine (may use grape juice or veg. broth and a tsp. red wine vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Saute the onion, celery and mushrooms 5 minutes, or until just tender.
  • Mix in the green pepper and veggie crumbles, and saute 5 minutes more, until the pepper is tender. Mix in the garlic and paprika.
  • Stir the tomatoes with their juice into the skillet. Mix in the wine, oregano, caraway seeds and tomato puree. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes, until thickened.
  • Just before serving, stir in the sugar, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with egg noodles or rice. Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 372gCalories: 147.5kcalCarbohydrates: 19.3gProtein: 3.4gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 314mgFiber: 4.3gSugar: 10.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, European, Hungarian, Kosher, Vegetable
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