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Lecso

Updated on April 8, 2015
Of all the quick healthy meals lecso is my favorite one.
Of all the quick healthy meals lecso is my favorite one. | Source

Lecso is So Easy to Make

Lecso is traditional Hungarian quick vegetable stew and one of the best quick healthy meals you can make. It's very simple and has only three key ingredients: onions, peppers and tomatoes. It's also very healthy and refreshing, served hot during colder days or cold during warmer days.

If those three veggies and the method of stewing sound familiar to you already, it might be because it reminds you of the famous ratatouille dish only without zucchini and eggplant.

Lecso has many very similar variations all over the world, from Mexican "salsa roja" and Italian "ciambotta" to Spanish "pisto" and Turkish "saksuka".

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: Serves three people a regular soup bowl of lecso.

Lecso Ingredients

  • 4 onions (preferably the sweet sort)
  • 4 peppers (Hungarian wax or banana)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of tomatoes (or one 28 oz can)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 cups of water (or stock)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of sweet Hungarian ground paprika
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. slice onions and set them aside
  2. slice peppers and set them aside
  3. blanch and skin tomatoes (I usually don't do it since we don't mind eating tomato skin)
  4. chop tomatoes and set them aside
  5. heat oil in skillet and saute onions in it until tender
  6. add peppers and water (or stock) and stew till peppers soften
  7. add tomatoes, pressed garlic, salt, pepper and ground paprika
  8. stew until extra liquid evaporates to your liking (more or less thick)
  9. serve hot or cold

My practical trick

To shorten the prep time I always use slicer in stead of knife for onions and peppers. It's easier and much faster.

Make This Quick Meal Even Quicker

This simple little slicer is my favorite for all kinds of veggies that need to be sliced fine and thin, not just in soups or stews, but in salads as well. By using this slicer here you will make the overall preparation time even shorter.

I recommend the slicer with guard like this one on the right.

For the best lecso I buy these huge Hungarian peppers at my farmer's market every September when it's their peak season.
For the best lecso I buy these huge Hungarian peppers at my farmer's market every September when it's their peak season. | Source

Quick Healthy Meals Call for Healthy Ingredients

This lecso recipe is based on famous Hungarian peppers, but of course it can be done with similar kinds such as bell peppers or banana peppers. The point is for both peppers and tomatoes to be really ripe so that the best out of both flavors is combined into the final dish. If you're lucky enough to have a farmer's market nearby (like I am) then you will be able to make a really healthy meal.




Hungarian Sweet Paprika 250gr/8.9oz
Hungarian Sweet Paprika 250gr/8.9oz

There's no Hungarian dish without at least a bit of finest Hungarian ground paprika. Sweet or hot, it's up to you.

 

High Quality Ground Paprika is a Must in Lecso Recipe

I usually make the mild version of lecso so I use the sweet ground paprika. I know, I carry a Hungarian last name so that doesn't feel right, but hey, you can make your own lecso as spicy as you like, I don't mind :)

It's not a bad idea to have both sweet and hot paprika in your kitchen cabinet. That way you can try both versions of the same recipe.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks delicious. I'll have to give it a try.

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      Tamara Kajari 2 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Yes, I love simple and fresh. Not many people have fresh produce available and farmer's markets just around the corner like some of us and that's a treasure. Thank you for your visit.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      Sometimes simple is the best. I´m sure with fresh ingredients, this would be a delicious dish! I hope to try it myself someday. Thank you for sharing this Hungarian recipe.

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      You know Julie, I 've learned about this unusual name while doing the keyword research but my starting point was satarash as we call it here.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Ah, you'd think I'd already tried this since I am Hungarian, after all. It is sounding new to me ... must try it soon!

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Yes it would and it can be deep frozen just great so you can have it available all year long. Thank you for visiting :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As I am a vegetarian, this is right up my alley. This would also make a fabulous soup base for those chilly winters.

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Yes, a great way to enjoy fresh autumn food. You're welcome :)

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      suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Some of my favorite veggies. I'll have to try this - thanks.

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      Deb Kingsbury 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm on the hunt for easy, healthy, low-cal recipes these days. This is perfect!

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      I have never heard of Lesco before. It sounds really good - but I think I would have to eat it served hot.

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      Scraps2treasures 3 years ago

      I have never tried it before but your recipe sounds good!

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      kriskappa 3 years ago

      I love it!