Hungarian Goulash Soup

This fantastic recipe has somewhat of a long story.

When the Hubbs and I were first married, he would happily eat anything I made without one word of complaint. He would definitely still praise and compliment the meals that he DID like, which of course was much appreciated by myself the ‘chef’. But after a few months of noticing certain meals he made no comment on, I decided to try something different.

So one night, after yet another unsuccessful meal, I asked him what some of his favourite meals were growing up. After all, my cooking is no comparison to the scrumptious meals his mother makes 🙂 So the Hubbs listed off a few meals he liked, but one of them sounded particularly intriguing to me. Evidently, is was Hungarian Goulash. Now, being the proud ‘chef’ that I am, I decided to browse on the internet for a recipe. Seeing none that looked overly tasty to me, I thought I would try combining a few to come up with my own creation! The result?!?! Well, it looked appetizing enough…

So I called Hubby to the table, hoping for the best! When he looked at the meal, I could tell instantly that something wasn’t quite right; he looked slightly confused. His first comment “Uhm, did you get this recipe from my Mom?!” So I admitted to him that I was too proud and tried it out on my own first. So, we daringly took a bite. The REAL result?!?! An absolute FAIL! It was MUCH too powerful a flavour and served over mushy noodles 😦 But thinking back now, the expression on Hubby’s face was quite hilarious!

So the next day, I caved in and asked his mom for the recipe. The NEW result?!?! AMAZING!!!!!!

Hungarian Goulash Soup

So without further delay, I give you…..HUNGARIAN GOULASH SOUP! (with a few minor adjustments to feed our small family)

Hungarian Goulash Soup

8 slices Bacon, chopped
1 large Onion, chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 pound Ground Beef
2 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
3 1/2 cups beef broth
3-4 med Potatoes
Sour Cream

Directions:

In a large pot, at medium high heat, cook bacon until almost crisp. Add pepper, onion and garlic; cook until tender. Add ground beef and cook through. Sprinkle in paprika, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir thoroughly. Add tomatoes and broth. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and return to medium heat, cook until potatoes are soft (about 20 minutes). Dish it up and serve with sour cream 🙂 Serves roughly 4 adults.

Taco Soup (THM – S)

Taco Soup

This is one of the first THM recipes I made. It is also one of my favourites. Perhaps that is why I got so hooked on Trim Healthy Mama in the first place. This Taco Soup recipe is one of my go-to comfort foods (especially in the cold winter months) and a quick and easy meal to make for Sunday Lunch. Another great thing about this recipe is that you can make in only one pot; this makes things nice and simple. It is easily adjusted to cater to your family’s needs. For those who do not follow THM, I add in some cooked macaroni noodles and serve with a piece of garlic toast 🙂

Taco Soup
THM – S

1 pound Ground Beef
1 Onion
2 cloves Garlic
1 Tbsp Cumin
1/2 Tbsp Oregano
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Parsley
Salt + Pepper to taste
4 oz Cream Cheese
1 28oz can Diced Tomatoes
3 cups Beef Broth
1/2 cup Heavy Cream

In a large pot, cook onion and garlic over medium heat until soft (I usually add a little bit of water to prevent sticking and burning). Add the ground beef and cook through. Add in the spices. Reduce heat to medium-low. Slice up the cream cheese so that it melts evenly and add to the pan. Once the cheese has melted, add in the tomatoes, broth, and cream. Stir until heated through. Can serve with shredded cheese and sour cream 🙂

This recipe also tastes really good with a can of black beans. (this makes it a crossover)

Cook onion and garlic until soft.

Cook onion and garlic until soft.

Brown the beef.

Brown the beef.

Add in the spices :)

Add in the spices 🙂

Slice in the cream cheese.

Slice in the cream cheese.

Be sure the cream cheese has melted completely before adding remaining ingredients. It should look like this.

Be sure the cream cheese has melted completely before adding remaining ingredients. It should look like this.

Add in the tomatoes, broth, and cream.

Add in the tomatoes, broth, and cream.

Serve it up and enjoy :)

Serve it up and enjoy 🙂

If you are wondering more about Trim Healthy Mama (THM) check out my blog post A Taste of THM…