Leczo is a bell pepper stew that originally hails from Hungary (where it is spelled lecso). At some point, variations made their way through the region and over to Poland. This is NOT a recipe for an authentic Hungarian Lecso, but it does contain some of the necessary fundamentals: peppers, onion, tomato, and paprika. The end result is still delicious and can be a vegetarian stew/ragout used to top something like rice or buckwheat, or it can include kielbasa or other meat to make it a heartier standalone stew. Or it can just be a great side. This recipe is also much thicker than a lot of other leczo recipes out there, but you can obviously combine elements of all and adjust based on your preferences. 🙂 Continue reading
Homemade stock will make your home smell incredible. This is the one we made in Poland, where we had all of these ingredients growing out back.
Roasted vegetables are simply so much more flavorful than those cooked using other methods.
Sweet potatoes can be used instead of yellow potatoes, and other gourds can be used as well. Find the combination that you like!
Before we get to the recipe, there are some things about borscht that I must explain! The thing is, there are many varieties! Continue reading
This carrot soup is really more of a broth, and is meant to be served with dumplings or noodles. Continue reading
Mmmmmm, homemade chicken noodle soup. Good for the stomach, good for the soul. That’s all you really need to know about this one!
- 5-7 chicken thighs/wings/legs
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 onion
- 1 leek
- 1 parsley root
- 1/2 celery root
After going mushroom picking with my family, my great aunt made the most incredible mushroom soup. It smelled so warm and earthy and completely transformed mushroom soup for me! This is my attempt to recreate that meal and bring back some memories while utilizing some of those wild forest mushrooms. Dried porcini mushrooms (or any dried wild mushrooms) that you find in most grocery stores have a deep, earthy flavor and should be the star of this dish. You don’t need much to enhance the flavor!
- 1 package crimini mushrooms
- 1 package white mushrooms
- Small handful of dried mushrooms
Pickle soup?!? WHAAAT? Yes. Pickle soup. It has been a thing in Poland for quite some time! It is delicious, savory, and surprisingly doesn’t taste like a jar of pickles, but does have a bit of tang to it. Just try it!
As with all soups, this will taste better the next day, or after it has a chance to sit for a while. Additionally, you should adjust seasoning based on your preferences and feel free to add more liquid to soups as you go along! The ingredients an amounts below are a base, but add and taste and add and taste until you love it!