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Bowl of Vegan American Goulash Topped with Vegan Yogurt and Parsley
Vegan American Goulash
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Lentils and mushrooms are simmered up with macaroni pasta and smoky, savory tomato sauce to make this easy and comforting vegan American goulash.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lentils, pasta, stew
Servings: 6
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • ¾ cup dried brown lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspooon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked papkria (can sub more sweet paprika)
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For Serving
  1. Place the lentils into a small saucepan and cover with a couple of inches of water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Allow to cook until the lentils are tender, about 30-35 minutes. Drain any excess water.

  2. While the lentils cook, coat the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes more, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the bell pepper and garlic, and continue to sauté until very fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, thyme, oregano, soy sauce, bay leaves, and pasta. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower heat and allow to simmer until the pasta is cooked, about 20 minutes.

  4. Stir in the lentils and tomato paste and allow to cook for about 2 more minutes, just to heat everything throughout and thicken the sauce.

  5. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Serve with vegan yogurt, cashew cream, and/or fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan American Goulash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.7g10%
Saturated Fat 1.1g6%
Sodium 1050mg44%
Potassium 1133mg32%
Carbohydrates 55.2g18%
Fiber 12.1g48%
Sugar 10.2g11%
Protein 16.8g34%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.