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Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash

"I was the only kid on the block who got Hungarian goulash," says Catherine Cain, a naturalist in Divide, Montana. "The name sounded great—like galoshes. My mom is third-generation L.A. Basin. She grew up in Topanga Canyon and played with a lot of children from Eastern Europe there. That's where she got Hungarian goulash from."

Sunset JANUARY 1998

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 3/4 pound boned beef top sirloin, about 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 pound thin-sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion (1/2 lb.), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian or domestic paprika
  • 8 ounces dried egg noodles
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup nonfat or low-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


1. Trim and discard fat from beef. Cut the meat across the grain into 1/8-inch-thick slices.

2. Place a 12- to 13-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add beef and stir-fry until meat is lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into a bowl.

3. Add mushrooms to pan and stir often until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add to beef.

4. Add onion to pan and stir until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and stir paprika into onion.

5. Meanwhile, cook noodles in about 3 quarts boiling water until barely tender to bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and place on a large platter; keep warm.

6. Mix broth and cornstarch; add to onion mixture and stir just until mixture boils, about 2 minutes.

7. Return beef and mushrooms to pan and stir until hot, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add sour cream and stir just until hot, about 1 minute.

8. Spoon meat mixture over hot noodles. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 449
  • Calories from fat: 14%
  • Protein: 33g
  • Fat: 6.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 62g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 134mg
  • Cholesterol: 112mg

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