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Vegetarian Goulash for Goonies

Bello and I have started a Flashback Movie Night tradition on the weekends and I’m cooking! This weekend, the Movie: The Goonies, the Dish: Goulash… well Vegetarian Goulash that is.

Tonights Inspiration

I had no idea what a big Goonie Bello was until while on vacation hearing him exclaim “That’s It! Do you remember the scene where he lined up the coin with the rocks… I think that’s it!” Indeed it was true, we were standing in front of Haystack Rock and we were both 10 years old again.

Cannon Beach Goonies Rock Walk
Cannon Beach Goonies Rock Walk

Childhood and vacation flashbacks aside I’m loving this new tradition because it’s the one night of the week we actually turn on the TV and I’m compelled to relax. For our last movie night, I cooked Acorn Squash Brown Butter Sage Pasta while the family watched The Princess Bride. This time, I was determined to catch the entire movie and opted for a dish that was not picky on timing, took only a fork to eat and was comforting, just like Momma would make.

While this recipe has dried Porcini and Button Mushrooms, I left the Truffles for the movie!

You’re welcome! Now let’s zip like Data into the kitchen and get cooking.

Vegetarian Goulash For Goonies Prep
Vegetarian Goulash For Goonies Prep

Vegetarian Goulash For Goonies

  • Servings: 4 Plus One Chunk
  • Difficulty: Medium
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  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Sweet Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon of Caraway Seeds
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chopped Parsley (reserve half cup for plating)
  • 1 Onion roughly chopped
  • 28 oz Can Tomatoes drained
  • 1 Eggpant cubed
  • 2 Medium Gold Potatoes cubed
  • 1 Pound White Button Mushrooms cleaned and quartered
  • 2 Hungarian Wax Peppers chopped (Hungarian Wax = Heat + Tang!)
  • 1 Oz Dried Porcini Mushrooms rehydrated and chopped
  • 4 cups of Mushroom Broth from Prep (dried mushroom How-To)
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine (not pictured in prep… Chef’s pour 😉 )
  • 2 – 3 Cups of Vegetable Broth (start with 1 cup, add more if needed)
  • 1 Lb Pasta of your choice, I opted for Gemelli and recommend a short twisted shape to catch the saucelike stew
  • Sour Cream for plating

As the Goonies say ” It all starts here!”


  1. Grind caraway seeds with garlic into a paste
  2. Add olive oil to a dutch oven or large pot on a medium heat
  3. Cook onions, peppers and parsley until softened (about 5 minutes)

Hungarian Wax Pepper and Onions
Hungarian Wax Pepper and Onions
  • Add caraway garlic paste and mushrooms with a dash of salt and pepper and brown (about 10 minutes)
  • Add paprika with 1/2 cup of wine and allow to bubble, hello Goulash!

  • Bubbling cauldron of Goulash
    Bubbling cauldron of Goulash

    It was about here that I started remembering the fact we were going to be watching GOONIES soon! If you have kids that like to cook, it’s about this point that they are going to get into the dish… it’s Goulashly fun cooking going on here.

  • Add tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes along with mushroom broth and 2 cups of vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for about an hour. Check and stir a few times, adding extra broth if needed. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

  • Goulash Stew Point
    Goulash Stew Point
  • Goulash is a traditionally a beef based stew but since I’ve opted for Vegetarian, I’m already breaking the rules! To serve I used the emersion blender to turn the stew in to the consistency of a sauced reserving just a few larger pieces of potato and eggplant.
  • Add 1 pound al dente pasta to your Goulash Pot and incorporate
  • Plating: Dab of sour cream, Parsley, drizzle of good Olive Oil and a sprinkle of large flake salt.
  • Vegetarian Goulash for Goonies
    Vegetarian Goulash for Goonies

    Traditional Hungarian and American Goulash both take beef but, we’re on a health kick and I found the heady grounded mix of mushrooms, eggplant and potato is the perfect way still get the comfort of a stew without red meat.

    This recipe does not have to be exact by any means, which is a part of what I love about it. It’s easy to customize to your family tastes. If you opt to give a traditional nod and keep the Hungarian Wax Peppers, I think you’ll be delightfully surprised at their tangy complex kick. Keeping the Paprika my big tip here is a no brainer, use the freshest Paprika you can find, the old stuff starts to taste a tad… dirty.

    And with that I say, It’s Flashback Movie Time! Just remember… Goonies Never Say Die!

    Goulash for Goonies
    Goulash for Goonies

    To Fellow Food Blogger Rice And Dine: Thanks for your question about Dried Mushrooms, it’s been a delight checking out your blog and finding foodie inspiration. Highly recommend anyone who hasn’t found them yet on your own, checking them out. Rice And Dine


    1. This is so sweet of you, fellow foodie! It’s a delight to use an ingredient (like that mushroom!) in multiple recipes. Looking forward to more of your cooking, with or without mushroom!

      And PS – I’m watching The Goonies this weekend. Thank you so much again and have a happy weekend! 🙂


        1. I love visiting spots in films also! It feels like you belong in the film even though you know deep inside that you don’t. Haha! Thanks again for this! It’s deeply appreciated! 🙂


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