Simple Vegetarian Hungarian Goulash Recipe

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Simple Vegetarian Hungarian Goulash

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
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


1For 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!
2In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, Worcestershire, vinegar, and ketchup. I could pretend the order is important; it isn't.
3Heat 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.)
4Once onions are a little wilted, add seasoning mixture to pan.
Add 1/2 cup water, stir, and cover.
5Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6Mix 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.
7While goulash is thickening, bring water to a boil.
Cook egg noodles according to package directions.
8Serve goulash over noodles.

About this Recipe

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