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    Hungarian Lecso

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    25 mins

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    15 mins

    Sharon123's Note:

    Pronounced LEH-cho, this is a simple but versatile sauce. It's unique flavor is derived from the hot peppers, which vary immensly in intensity of hotness, so use more or less peppers to match your taste. Lesco freezes beautifully and makes an excellent base for soups and stews, delicious on fish, or with pasta and rice with a dollop of sour cream. Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favorites.

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    • 4 cups large yellow onions, chopped (about 2 onions, may also use white onions)
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 4 green bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, chopped
    • 2 -4 hungarian hot peppers, stemmed, seeded, chopped (banana peppers, use hot or mild)
    • 4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (about 4 tomatoes)
    • salt


    1. 1
      In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the onions in oil for a few minutes.
    2. 2
      Stir well, add water, cover and increase the heat to high.
    3. 3
      Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    4. 4
      Add bell peppers and hot peppers and lower the heat to medium.
    5. 5
      Continue to cook, covered, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add the tomatoes, mix well, and simmer for 15 minutes, until onions and peppers are quite soft.
    7. 7
      Add salt to taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 10, 2007


      It's very delicious recipe. I love it very much. We make without extra water (I think that originally same), because in tomato and peppers have enough juice. In my country many people like eat the lecso with scrambled eggs or cooked rice, too.

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    • on January 15, 2010


      What a beautiful dish! I didn't have any banana peppers, so I used mini-peppers. It tasted great and went well with rice.

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    • on January 21, 2008


      it was certainly good, but I'm afraid I may not have paired it well. I only had bread with mine, but my mother had pasta and thought hers was delicious. Still, thanks for the recipe, it was a great addition to Hungarian Day!

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    Nutritional Facts for Hungarian Lecso

    Serving Size: 1 (2048 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 94.9
    Calories from Fat 11
    Total Fat 1.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 13.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 10.3 g
    Protein 3.0 g

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