Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I learned this one dish hot meal for cold nights with some heat from my Hungarian landlady years ago. Cheap to make and very tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a soup pot, put in the oil and saute garlic and onion until soft; if you are using bacon, cook bacon till done, drain excess bacon grease, then saute the garlic and onion in remaining bacon grease.
  2. Add lentil, tomato paste, and water, (if you are using smoked meat, add it at this time), bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for about an hour to an hour and half (if you like the stew to be al dente, cook for an hour and check to see if it's the texture you like).
  3. Remove meat from stew.
  4. You can also make a vegetarian version by eliminating the meat product and substitute vegetable broth for water.
  5. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste, and spices (I bastardized this traditional Hungarian recipe with some Indian spices to add some heat, it seem to blend well) and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, serve hot; with crusty bread.
  6. This makes a quick, easy meal that is high in fiber, protein, and very tasty.

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