With the weather finally turning cool, the memory of that soup has been front and center in my mind, so I went recipe hunting. I found a recipe for Goulash soup on Recipezaar and made it yesterday. I do have to say, right up front, that I didn't have all the ingredients so I did make substitutions, but, my oh my, this turned out really well!
Basically, I made it as written, but I'm not a huge fan of bell peppers, so instead of the three peppers called for, I used only one. I had chicken broth available, so I used that instead of beef broth. I also added extra paprika and more caraway seeds because other recipes I found used much more of those ingredients than this recipe. I cooked it long enough that the meat falls apart, melts in your mouth.
When I make this again, I intend to add some red wine; I think it would add another layer of flavour. As well, I'll make sure I have beef broth because it has a fuller flavour than chicken broth does. However, served with a nice sourdough bread (toasted) and a glass of milk, this was a really satisfying lunch and a nice break from knitting.