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{good luck lentil soup – traditional hungarian recipe}

In Hungary, we traditionally make lentil soup on New Year’s Day as a symbol or promotion of desired financial or emotional prosperity for the new year. There are several versions of this soup and can be easly altered to be vegetarian as well without losing any of the delicious flavors. This time I used „Gyulai dry sausage”  and „Kolozsvari bacon” to give the rich flavor I was going after. If you would like to replace the sausage with frankfurters go ahead this will be just as flavorful as mine. As this is our last post of the year we would like to thank you for reading and promoting our blog; and would like to wish you a Happy New Year! Erzsi & Gabi


1 cup lentil, soak it for overnight

2 carrots, thickly sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 medium red onion, diced

1 piece Gyulai dry sausage, sliced

¼ lbs Kolozsvari bacon, diced or regular bacon

1 small can tomato puree

2 bay leaf

2 stalks rosemary



Start by sauteing the sausage and bacon. Once they are crispy – about 5 minutes – take them out of your pot and add the onion, garlic, all the vegetables, rosemary, bay leaf and lentil instead. Let it sweat a bit – about 5 minutes – then add the tomato puree and water. When it’s boiling, add salt and simmer it on low heat for about an hour. Put back the bacon and sausage 10 minutes prior to be done. When the soup is done it will have a delicious sour flavor, which is perfect for an upset stomach when you have a hangover.


Version 2:

Instead of using tomato puree, add 1 tbs white vine vinegar at the very end when you put back the sausage and bacon. This will also give a tangy sour flavor which could be enhanced with sour cream at serving.