This has got to be one of my all-time favourite dishes. Leczo “le-cho” is a Hungarian dish however, it is also one of the most popular dishes in Poland. In fact, it is so popular it is almost considered as traditional Polish cuisine.
Also known as Lescó, Leczo is simply just a pepper and courgette stew. It’s super easy to make, requires just one pot and a few cheap, simple ingredients.
In Poland, it is usually served on its own, or with a slice of buttered bread.
Traditional Polish recipe for Leczo calls for pork sausage, but I always leave it out. This means that this recipe is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Vegan Leczo (Pepper and courgette stew)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 green bell peppers
- 2 courgettes
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cajun pepper
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 50 ml water
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, add the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.
- Slice the red and green peppers. Add to the pan and fry over low heat for around 5 minutes.
- Chop the courgette into small pieces, add the pan together with the paprika, cajun pepper, chilli flakes, salt and pepper stir to combine and cook for further 3-4 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture into a large pot. Add the garlic, tomatoes and water. Cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve warm with a slice of bread.