Simple Vegetarian Hungarian Goulash

Simple Vegetarian Hungarian Goulash

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Erin Cressy


This is a much lighter, faster, meatless version of the delicious recipe my mom makes. All the flavor, all the protein, and half the fat!


★★★★★ 2 votes

3 (can easily be doubled)
10 Min
35 Min


  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 c
    seitan, cut into cubes
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2
    medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    paprika (sweet hungarian paprika is best, but not necessary)
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    vinegar (white or apple cider variety)
  • 3/4 c
  • 6 oz
    egg noodles, no-yolk variety

How to Make Simple Vegetarian Hungarian Goulash


  1. For those of you unfamiliar with seitan (SAY-tahn), it's a flavorless meat substitute made with wheat gluten. It's very low-fat, but VERY high-protein, and is great at picking up flavors in stews and stir-fries. It's available in some grocery stores, but I prefer to make my own ahead of time, which is VERY easy. Instructions can be found here:

    A batch can be kept in the freezer for about a month, and used for SO many things. Hope you'll give it a shot!
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, Worcestershire, vinegar, and ketchup. I could pretend the order is important; it isn't.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
    Add cubed seitan and onions to pan.
    Stir almost continuously for about 2 minutes.
    (The seitan may stick a little, don't worry.)
  4. Once onions are a little wilted, add seasoning mixture to pan.
    Add 1/2 cup water, stir, and cover.
  5. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Mix 1/4 cup water with the flour and add to goulash.
    Stir and continue to cook (uncovered) for an additional 5 minutes (or until thickened).
    Remove from heat.
  7. While goulash is thickening, bring water to a boil.
    Cook egg noodles according to package directions.
  8. Serve goulash over noodles.

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About Simple Vegetarian Hungarian Goulash

Course/Dish: Pasta Other Main Dishes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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