Low Sodium Hungarian Goulash

Low Sodium Hungarian Goulash photo courtesy of bigoven.com

We recently celebrated Franz Liszt’s by listening to tone poems and eating a dish that would commemorate his birthday. This dish is low fat, high protein, and virtually NO sodium. Its great for those with hep c and liver damage. It’s very close to the authentic dish that was cooked in Hungarian peasants kitchens. It was quick to put on the stove and only required 1 new secret ingredient that I had to go purchase. We decided it would be eaten year round! I grew up with my mom’s Americanized version. Give this one a try! I think you’ll love it if you’re eating for a liver loving diet.

Low Sodium Hungarian Goulash

10 minutes

1 hour

1 hour, 10 minutes

6 servings depending on how much pasta you cook

Low Sodium Hungarian Goulash


  • Lean stew meat
  • Sweet paprika (this is the secret ingredient)
  • A little garlic powder or 1 crushed clove
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ½ onion chopped.
  • Pasta


  1. I cut the meat into smaller pieces, covered them with Sweet Paprika, and browned them in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. After taking the meat out, I tossed in the onion and garlic with a little more olive oil and let them sauté for about 10 minutes on low.
  3. I dumped it all in a pot on the stove and added the tomatoes. Cover it and cook on medium.
  4. After about an hour of simmering on low, I put on some shell macaroni. You can use any type of pasta.

You know it's low sodium. Since I have trimmed all the fat from the meat, it is also heart healthy low fat!


I served it with bread and butter. Wow! We cleaned it up! I took the little bit that was left to work the next day and heated it in the microwave. It smelled so good that the entire break room wanted the recipe. I think they may envy the delicious food that I’m forced to eat with my cirrhosis dignosis due to hep c. I haven’t had ascites or paracentesis in 2 years!

2 thoughts on “Low Sodium Hungarian Goulash

  1. PTL!!! i was looking for help with planning menu’s for Low Sodium and found your website…can’t wait to start rec’g info via e-mail .

    1. Hello there! I am so glad that you found our site and the Goulash. My Mom used to make that dish all the time except we called it beefaroni 🙂
      I don’t think I appreciated it enough as a child. If you go here you will find alot of recipes. Thanks so much for commenting, it means a lot to hear from people. There are many people who read but don’t comment. It is always nice to meet others with similar interests


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