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Father Umberg’s Hungarian Goulash


  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds stewing beef trimmed and cut into 1" cubes
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Red Wine something you would drink
  • 4 ¼ cups water divided
  • 2-3 carrots or about 12 baby carrots cut in ¼ inch rounds
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2-3 Tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • 3 Tbsp regular paprika
  • 2 tsp Caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch if needed to thicken
  • 1 cup rotini pasta optional
  • 1/2 16 oz pkg Italian Gnocchi optional
  • 1 can large biscuits (4 count) cut into small pieces, optional


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter adding a little Olive oil. When the butter is melted, add onions. Cook till translucent. Remove the onions and set aside.
  • Next, add flour to the meat on a plate or bowl. Add 2-3 Tbsp olive into the pot, letting it heat up before adding the floured meat. Season with salt and pepper and add extra flour onto of beef in the pan. Brown the meat on all sides.
  • Add wine to deglaze the pan, scraping all the browned bits. Once this comes to a boil, add 4 cups of water. Add tablespoon salt to the mixture. Add carrots and cooked onions to the pot. Add the can of Tomato paste and stir into the mixture, add 3 tablespoons of Paprika. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Add Cayenne Pepper, oregano, and Caraway seeds. Turn down heat low and simmer covered for 2 hours. Later, remove the grease that forms at the top.
  • At this stage, increase the heat and bring the goulash back to a boil and add the pasta for 5-6 minutes. Next to the Gnocchi and cook for about 3 min. While that is cooking, open the package of biscuits, cutting each biscuit into about 6-8 pieces, and add to the goulash.
  • If needed, make a slurry out of the corn starch and about ¼ cup water and mix until smooth. Add to the goulash and stir until combined. Once it is thickened, remove from heat and serve with Father Umberg’s Arugula Salad.


Note: The pasta, gnocchi, or dumplings can be left out, used in any combination, or by themselves.