Known as krumplis tészta, also known as gránátos kocka and grenadírmars, Hungarian potato pasta is a simple dish made from pasta and potatoes and is seasoned with Hungarian paprika. It can be eaten as a meal or as a side dish. Because good Hungarian pasta is not readily available where I live, I make my own from 1 egg and a handful of flour. Of all the commercial pastas available in North America, the bowtie pasta is probably the best substitution for Hungarian square pasta. However there is no substitution for good quality Hungarian paprika, so don’t attempt to make this dish without it.

3 potatoes -- diced
1/2 onion -- diced
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of homemade square pasta or commercial bowtie pasta

•  In oil sauté the onions until transparent.
•  Add the potatoes and salt.
•  Stir in 1 Tbsp of Hungarian paprika.
•  Pour in just enough water to cover.
•  Simmer for 10 minutes.
•  Allow the water to evaporate.
•  Cook the pasta tender to package directions.*
•  Strain and rinse under cold running water.
•  Drain well and add to the potatoes.
•  Add the remaining 1/2 tsp Hungarian paprika and heat through.
    Recipe makes two main dish servings.

 * Homemade pasta cooks in 2 minutes.


  1. Zsuzsa, I tried this recipe a few nights ago and it was absolutely amazing! :) I recently moved to Budapest with my Hungarian boyfriend and I`m so glad that I came across your website with Hungarian recipes in English! :) I will definitely be trying more of them!

  2. oh my gosh you then have access to real turo and to yellow pepper! sigh

  3. My hungarian mother in law used to make this dish for me cause I loved it so much and she showed me once how to make it but I forgot. thanks it tasted just like the one she used to make. I don't suppose you know how to make hungarian cabbage rolls - it used to be stuffed with mince meat in a tomato sauce? Thanks again for the great recipe Jenny Hegedus

  4. Jenny, Ukrainians use tomato sauce. Hungarian cabbage rolls are made with sauerkraut. - I have the recipe; look for it in my cookbook under "Meat"



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