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20.2.12

HUNGARIAN PASTA SOUP - LEBBENCSLEVES


Lebbencsleves is a Hungarian tradition. This soup is made with lebbencs tészta, the wide irregular Hungarian pasta that resembles Italian lasagna noodles. I make my own pasta, so I am not sure how packaged lasagna noodles would work. A good alternative is fresh pasta from a specialty store or an Italian deli. It is worth the trouble; this soup is very tasty and makes a satisfying meal.

2 thick slices of bacon, diced
1 stick of frozen Hungarian or chorizo sausage*, sliced
1/2 cup finely diced onions
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 batch of lebbencs pasta
3/4 Tbsp Hungarian paprika
2 red potatoes, chopped into very small cubes
1/4 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 large or 1 whole Roma tomato, chopped
1 sprig of flat leaf parsley
3-1/2 cups homemade chicken stock

• Freeze the sausage first.
• Make the lebbencs tészta next.
• Knead the flour, eggs and a pinch of salt into very hard dough. Texture should be very smooth.
• Roll the dough very thin and dry it for 2 hours.
• Cut into short, wide strips.
• In a medium Dutch pot, fry the diced bacon over low heat.
• *To remove the skin hold frozen sausage under hot tap water and pull off the skin. Otherwise, you will have sausage casings swimming in the soup.
• Add the sliced sausage and sauté on low heat for a couple of minutes.
• Add the onions and the garlic and fry until soft.
• Add the pasta and fry it, stirring until it starts to get a little color.
• Sprinkle with Hungarian paprika and stir.
• Add the chopped potatoes, yellow pepper and the tomato.
• Add the leaves of a sprig of flat leaf parsley and finally pour in the chicken stock.
• Taste it and adjust the salt content [the stock will have salt in it already] an add ground pepper to taste.
• Bring soup to full boil, reduce and simmer for five minutes.
• Cover pot and remove from heat.
• Let the soup steep for 15 minutes and then serve.





4 comments:

  1. Nagyon örülök, hogy ötletet adhattam. Nekem az Apukám mindig bográcsban készítette ezt a levest kint az udvaron. Felejthetetlen.

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  2. Is the recipe similar for Hungarian square pasta? If so, what are the dimensions of the square pasta? Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes and directions!

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  3. Alice, square pasta is pretty small. The largest I have seen are about 1/2 inch. I think for lebbencsleves fresh lasagna noodles are a good substitution. If you are specifically interested in square pasta and you don't want to make it yourself, just cut up a few sheets of fresh lasagna. I hope this helps.

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