Hungarian pork goulash

Paul Warburton
by Lovemoney Staff Paul Warburton on 14 October 2010  |  Comments 0 comments

Check out this amazing recipe for Hungarian pork goulash - for £1.48 per person!

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Hungarian pork goulash (Serves 4)

We have a real winter warmer on our hands here. Dishes like goulash are spot on for cooking cuts like shoulder as the gentle simmering really breaks down the fats and makes the meat delicious and tender. The dish also has potatoes in so it really is an easy, filling affair. As my dad use to frequently extol in my youth “meal in itself lad”.


  • 900g of pork shoulder steaks (£3.50)
  • 150ml of soured cream (55p)
  • 2 medium onions (34p)
  • 500g of new potatoes (72p)
  • 30g of fresh flat leaf parsley (79p)

The cupboard staples…

Salt, black pepper, olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic, paprika, 1 chicken stock cube, plain flour and tomato puree   

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco where it came to £5.90 - that's £1.48 per head!


  • Start by roughly chopping the pork into cubes of about 1 ½ inches. Reasonably good sized cubes. Then heat some olive oil in a thick bottomed pan and add the pork. Season well and brown all over. Once browned remove from the pan and set to one side.
  • Now add some finely chopped onions to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes on a medium heat until they soften down and get a little bit of colour on them. Then follow up with the finely chopped garlic, cook for 1 minute and then add 2 tablespoons of paprika and 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir well and add 500ml of hot chicken stock and three tablespoons of tomato puree.
  • Finally season to taste and add the pork and potatoes to the pan. You can leave the potatoes whole.
  • Now leave to simmer with a lid on very gently for the next hour and forty five minutes. Serve with a big dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of finely chopped parsley.
  • Happy eating!

A bit about the Frugal Recipes chef, Paul Warburton

Paul Warburton, a staff member, had a hectic career in the world of hot kitchens and screaming chefs before joining the products development team.

During these years, under the tutorage of some great chefs, he honed his skills in cooking for numbers within a tight cost and portion-controlled environment.

Now he's planning to regularly offer his help to all budding chefs in the community, so you can enjoy his original, low-cost recipes with your family and friends every Friday for free!

What readers have said about Paul's other recipes

"We enjoyed this recipe very much: easy to make and even easier to eat!" varneyrob

“Thanks Paul, another great tasting easy recipe. It was my first risotto attempt ever and it was great, I even impressed my in-laws with it. Many thanks...” welshlady

"I made this recipe and it was absolutely delicious! Seriously good! Five of us feasted on it, and feasted well..." Ibeshy

"I made this recipe on Saturday night, and my 13 year-old son promptly requested it again for the following night!" Malcolm Wheatley

"This is a cracking risotto recipe. Just had it for lunch & it's a winner. More recipes please. Thanks." SavvyLass

"Another delicious offering from Paul. Thank you - keep 'em coming!" Palefire

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If you like this recipe, why not also try Paul's other Frugal Recipes:   Butternut squash stuffed with mushrooms, stilton and thyme | Fusilli with a rich beef ragu sauce | Toad in the hole with mustard crème fraiche sauce & pickled red cabbage | Pot roasted chicken with paprika, shallots and potatoes | Smoked haddock and leek risotto | Prawn and chilli linguine | Homemade Cornish pasties | Teriyaki chicken legs with coriander and lime noodles | Turkey, mozzarella and sage meatballs with fettuccine and tomato sauce | Lemon and garlic roasted lamb breast, boulangere potatoes and minted peas | Posh macaroni cheese with crispy bacon and oven dried tomatoes | Falafel, roast pepper and feta salad with chilli tomato salsa | Chicken ‘oven baked’ with cream, mushrooms and thyme | Slow roasted pork shoulder ‘Chinese style’ with pak choi | Chilli steak burgers, paprika wedges and homemade coleslaw |Broad bean, halloumi and mint farfalle | My chicken curry, basmati rice and coriander yoghurt | Barbecued whole mackerel and a spicy lime salsa | Moussaka | Pan fried trout fillets with a dill potato salad | Chicken braised with cider and red cabbage (and proper baked potatoes) | Lincolnshire sausages with red onion gravy and thyme and Gouda polenta | Beef enchiladas with a lime sour cream | Slow roasted duck legs and charlotte potatoes with a carrot and cumin salad | Paella | Asparagus and gruyere tart with new potatoes | Haddock fishcakes with radish and watercress salad and lemon crème fraiche dressing | Prawn and pea risotto | Honey roasted gammon and apples with champ | Hot chocolate fondants with crème Chantilly | Shin of beef, kidney and ale pie Tandoori chicken with coconut rice & mint raita | Homemade gnocchi with a tomato & thyme sauce, spinach and ricotta  | Frugal Pancakes | Griddled black pudding, chimichurri mash and caramelised apples  | Mixed bean and coriander green curry with fragrant rice  | Lamb koftas with a feta, mint and chickpea salad & chilli grilled pittas  | Pork, rosemary and white bean ravioli with a chilli tomato sauce  | Sausage & leek casserole with parsley dumpings | Pork, chorizo & cannellini bean stew | Rabbit, bacon & thyme pie | Potato rosti with creamed spinach and poached egg | Pumpkin and sage risotto | Slow braised oxtail with autumn mash | Spiced whole mackerel with chickpea salad | Twice cooked belly pork (with gravy) parsnips and sweet apple red cabbage | Roasted pheasant | Portobello mushroom, port and stilton wellington | Lemon tart with fresh vanilla mascarpone | Massaman currySmoked mackerel pate on crostini and red onion confit  |Rolled breast of lamb with garlic mash and Savoy cabbage | Lemon & rosemary chicken thighs |  Thai Pollock curry with egg noodles | Chunky pea and ham soup| Spaghetti alla carbonara | Pork stroganoff | Green chilli meat balls, sunflower seed couscous salad and mint yoghurt |  Tagliatelle with air dried cured ham and minted peas | Beef, thyme and mushroom loaf with potato dauphinoise | Mixed bean and coriander green curry with fragrant rice | Egg Florentine with smoked cheddar and rocket salad | Beef, mushroom and thyme pie | Spicy tuna, bean and coriander lasagne |  Beef koftas with a feta, spinach and fresh mint salad | Chorizo and pea risotto | Sausage and rosemary hotpot | Beef & thyme (Lancashire) hotpot

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