Beef stew in dish with soured cream and parsley

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs - 2 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 4

Make this hearty beef goulash to feed the family on chilly nights. Stir in the soured cream and parsley for an indulgent, crowd-pleasing supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal576
  • fat32g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre6g
  • protein46g
  • salt0.45g
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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 700g stewing steak, cut into chunks
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 75ml dry white wine
  • 300ml beef stock, home-made or shop-bought
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 150ml soured cream


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a flameproof casserole dish or heavy-based saucepan. Sprinkle 700g stewing steak chunks with 30g plain flour and brown well in three batches, adding an extra 1 tbsp oil for each batch. Set the browned meat aside.

  3. Add in the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the casserole dish, followed by 1 large thinly sliced onion, 2 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1 green pepper and 1 red pepper, both finely sliced. Fry until softened, around 5-10 mins.

  4. Return the beef to the pan with 2 tbsp tomato purée and 2 tbsp paprika. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins.

  5. Add in 2 large diced tomatoes, 75ml dry white wine and 300ml beef stock. Cover and bake in the oven for 1 hr 30 mins - 2 hrs. Alternatively, cover and cook it on the hob on a gentle heat for about an hour, removing the lid after 45 mins.

  6. Sprinkle over 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir in 150ml soured cream and serve.

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5Senses's picture
5th May, 2020
Really sorry to say but this is not a Gulyas. This is a stew nothing else. Don't understand why people are insisting making it like this. That's like going to Japan and ask the sushi to be cooked.
24th Mar, 2020
Absolutely gorgeous and soooo simple! I use normally 450-500 gm of stewing steak (we call it, well Carrefour does, "estofado" as in stewing steak" and as we know Greek estofado cuts" with 4 teaspoons paprika hot picante and 2 tsps paprika dulce so all the same amnount of spices, but add I still add a little extra even though less meat. Keep all liquids the same and also same tomatoes etc! Also, I use 5-6 cloves of garlic as it sits for some time in the oven and then we eat the next day so all works well! Simple gorgeous and can work out very economical as you can add more onions and peppers and freeze. Think this would work well with chicken on bone too - then I expect you would have a chicken paprikash idea? All great for delicious comfort food at home!
9th Mar, 2020
i've brought a beef joint... can i dice some of it up and use it for this recipe??
24th Mar, 2020
I guess you could, I was thinking the same thing. What type of joint did you have? How did it work if you gave it a try? I was thinking a silverside might work?
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Dave Upchurch
3rd Feb, 2020
I tried this recipe because I wanted something I could quickly put together and leave in the oven until people arrived. All I can say is "Amazing" so quick and easy and everyone loved it.
28th Oct, 2019
OMG..I have made this so many times..Always a winner in my home!
Mister D
4th Nov, 2018
Made this yesterday and really enjoyed the first meal. Plenty of sauce/gravy which we love and used little cornflower to thicken. Yummy!
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Elizabeth Ch
27th Oct, 2018
This is not a Goulash Soup, but probably it is tasty... Its a bit similar than Hungarian Beef Stew but this is also not that. One thing...its important. If you cook Hungarian stew, you can put is only dry red wine, not white one.
Adrienn Kresznai
1st Feb, 2018
This 'traditional' beef stew recipe is great, i'm sure, unfortunately it has nothing to do with gulyás. Gulyás isn't a stew but a soup, and never meant to be cooked in the oven.
17th Oct, 2016
Really liked this recipe, but found that the meat was still a little tough using the timings given. An extra half hour in the over sorted it though. Will definitely be cooking this again.


25th May, 2016
Can you freeze this ?
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Iris Berry
24th Apr, 2018
Instead of the oven, use a slow cooker.
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