Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe: Pork Goulash With Noodles

by DerdriuMarriner

Pork Goulash with Noodles is a popular variation of this hearty comfort food favorite in the Czech Republic.

Goulash (guláš) perhaps archives ancient origins in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. Yet it is integral to the culinary history of the Czech Republic. It offers the comfortable feel and appeal of a traditional Czech dish.

Generally, goulash references a stew of meat and vegetables flavored with paprika and other seasonings. Czech goulash showcases such prevalent seasonings as:
• black pepper,
• cumin,
• paprika.
Czech cuisine touts such goulash variations as:
• Bramborový guláš (potato goulash);
• Hovězí guláš (beef goulash);
• Segedínský guláš (pork and sauerkraut goulash);
• Václavkový guláš (Armillaria goulash);
• Vepřový guláš (pork goulash);
• Vepřový guláš, těstoviny (pork goulash, with noodles).
Czech goulashes sometimes take on place names, such as:
• Plzeňský guláš (Pilsner goulash): the city of Plzeň (Pilsen) in western Bohemia;
• Znojmo guláš (Znojmo goulash): a town in the South Moravian Region, southeastern Czech Republic.

Czech goulashes treat goulash-lovers to interesting effects with such additions as:
• beer, especially the pale lager known as Pilsner, named for its place of origin, the city of Plzeň (Pilsen) in western Bohemia;
• dark beer or red wine for extra flavor in the vegan goulashes with vegan meat (seitan, soya, tofu) and the vegetarian goulashes of Karel Chlumec, chef at LoVeg vegetarian restaurant on Prague's Malá Strana;
• grated horseradish (křen strouhaný) as garnish.

This goulash is easy to prepare and supremely satisfying to consume.

pork goulash with noodles (vepřový guláš, těstoviny): exquisite aroma, hearty taste, simple preparation

Vepřový guláš, těstoviny
Vepřový guláš, těstoviny

Pork Goulash With Noodles (vepřový guláš, těstoviny)

Prep time: 10 minutes -- Total time: 130 minutes (2 hours 10 minutes)

Ingredients for 4 servings

Cooking time ranges from 1.5 hours (90 minutes) to 2 hours (120 minutes), depending upon such factors as heating element efficiency and utensil consistency.



1/4 cup lard

  • Or:  1/4 cup oil

3 medium onions, chopped

  • Set aside choppings from 1 onion for garnish

1 1/2 pounds pork steak (Boston butt), cubed

2 cups water

1 Tablespoon ground caraway seeds

1 Tablespoon paprika

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon marjoram




1. In a large skillet or pot, heat lard (or oil) over medium-to-high heat.

  • Add onions and fry until wilted.
  • Add pork cubes and allow to brown.

2. Pour in water, and add caraway and paprika.

  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid, and allow to simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours. Sauce will thicken somewhat.

  • Stir regularly; if sauce thickens more than desirable, adjust sparingly with small additions (1/4 cup) of water.

4. Before removing from burner, sprinkle with marjoram and stir to blend.

5. Remove from burner and serve hot.

  • At serving time, garnish with reserve of raw onion choppings.


Makes 4 servings.


pork goulash with bread dumplings (vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem): in the Czech Republic, goulash is not complete without its traditional culinary companion, bread dumplings.

vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem
vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem



My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet. 


Image Credits


Vepřový guláš, těstoviny: Dezidor, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @řový_guláš,_těstoviny.jpg

vepřový guláš s houskovým knedlíkem: Dezidor, CC by 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @řový_guláš_s_houskovým_knedlíkem.jpg


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Updated: 11/06/2023, DerdriuMarriner
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