A collection of Hungarian recipes and home cooking

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Category: Soups & Starters

hungarian clear broth

Pork Bone Bouillon (broth) – Orja Leves

Often served as the glorious starter of Sunday family meals, these slow cooked aromatic broths are much valued for their taste and nutritional value. This version is made with the meaty upper rib part of the loin called baby back ribs. Cooked until the meat…
spicey-lentil-soup

Spicy Lentil Soup – Kolbászos Lencseleves

A hearty stew to feed a family. The smoked bacon lardons and spicy sausage give so much good wholesome flavour. This one is pretty speedy to make as I used tinned cooked lentils, all was ready to serve in about 20 minutes. I cook lentils…
sonkatekercs

Ham rolls with horseradish cream – Sonkatekercs

We had my niece’s Christening in Hungary this december and decided on a cold buffet for the occasion. I took upon myself to make these ham rolls perfect for celebrations and parties. I had these the first time as a child at a posh wedding…
Savoy cabbage and frankfurter hungarian recipe

Savoy Cabbage and Frankfurter Soup – Frankfurti Leves

A warming soup for chilly autumn days. Often to be found on the menu of school canteens in the 80s and earlier – perhaps were not always the most popular amongst children as I remember. With the use of good quality frankfurters this simple soup…
scoth bonnet mushroom soup

Scotch Bonnet wild mushroom soup – Szegfűgomba leves

I came across these little field mushrooms by off-chance in the local park, after a couple of days of heavy rainfall. These are Scotch Bonnets or fairy ring mushrooms (and I did find these forming a large ring in the grass) They make a nice…
grizgaluska

Semolina dumplings for chicken broth – Grízgaluska

These dumplings are served in clear broths usually chicken and they might take a bit of practice to get right but worth the effort. My grandmother used to be the master of making golden and airlight dumplings that were just perfect whilst running between her other…
hungarian bean soup

Hungarian Style Bean Soup – Magyaros Bableves

I call this soup Hungarian style as it is packing in the flavours but really is a quick and convenient version of the traditional and heavier bean soup made with smoked meats and the freshly made pasta “csipetke”. This vesion is completely meat free, made…
hungarian liver dumpling soup

Hungarian Liver Dumpling Soup – Májgombóc leves

A lovely home-made vegetable soup with delicately spiced soft dumplings. Even those who are  not usually a fan of  liver may find this pleasing, kids usually love it too. A great traditional Hungarian starter. I have fond memories about this dish with grandmothers, summer holidays…
mushroom soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup – Gomba Leves

This is a creamy soup using the classic Hungarian ingredients of paprika, onion, garlic and sour cream. I used chestnut mushrooms here but white mushrooms are just as fine.
hungarian halaszlu, fisherman's soup

Hungarian Fisherman’s Soup – Halászlé

There are quite a few regional differences in the ways to cook fisherman’s soup in Hungary. The three main known versions are from the region of Lake Balaton, from the southern town of Baja by the Danube or perhaps the most famous if from the…
bean soup

Hungarian Yellow “Green” Bean Soup

This soup is using only a few ingredients, ideal for a quick-lunch or as a starter for a bigger meal. The yellow wax bean variety  is  referred to as “green beans” in Hungary and most green bean dishes made with these. The soup has an…
wild garlic soup

Creamy Wild Garlic Soup

There is just something right about the way you can find things on Nature’s tray in abundance and turn them into the most delicious nutritious food.  Organic, local, plentyful and free. Wild garlic (or bear garlic) can be found in shady European woodlands or riverbanks…
korhelyleves

Hungarian Sauerkraut “Hangover” Soup – Korhely Leves

Sauerkraut is naturally fermented cabbage that taste refreshingly sour and bears many health benefits especially for the digestive system. A popular dish in Hungary during the overindulging Christmas festivites and also affectionatley known as the hangover soup. Ingredients 300 g sauerkraut (shredded fermented cabbage) 2…
pea-soup-borso-leves

Hungarian Pea Soup – Borsóleves

A light vegetable soup often served in the summer as a starter, spiced with paprika and fresh parsley. Ingredients 400 g peas (fresh or frozen) small onion finely chopped 2 medium carrots diced 1/2 kohlraby diced (optional) large bunch of parsley finely chopped 100 ml…
lambsoup

Lamb Ragout Soup With Tarragon at Easter

Lamb is one of the well known Christian symbols of Easter to represent the sacrifice made by Jesus. Spring flowers, chicks, rabbits and baby lambs and of course eggs are also a symbol of  the rebirth of nature after the winter months. One delicious Easter…
Yellow Split Pea Soup

Creamed Yellow Split Pea Soup with sauteed chorizo

A hearty creamy soup of yellow split peas, which are cooked till falling apart. It is a somewhat modernised version of the Hungarian “Sárgaborsó Főzelék” where instead of using flour to thicken the dish I pureed it in a food processor which I found makes…
hungarian green bean soup

Hungarian Green Bean Soup

The sour cream and dill are the perfect compliment to the tasty green beans in this summery creamy soup. Serve with a nice slice of fresh crusty bread for a wholesome lunch. I left the beans in whole in the spur of the moment, usually…
Hungarian Cold Cherry Soup

Hungarian Chilled Sour Cherry Soup – Hideg Meggyleves

One of the nicest things to offer on hot summer days. This light sour-sweet soup is served very cold as a starter. Made with sour cherries not the sweet cherry variety and is incredibly refreshing in the heat. When I visited my family in the summer,…
hungarian-paprika-curd-cheese-dip-korozott

Hungarian Quark Cheese Spread – Körözött

Lots if not all Hungarians know this one! A paprika spiced spread with finely chopped zingy onions and caraway seeds.  Best eaten simply with fresh crusty bread, tomatoes, peppers, spring onions.  It’s mostly made with quark from cow milk but also sometimes made with quark…
tyukhusleves

Hungarian Chicken Soup – Tyúkhúsleves

This is a cherished traditional starter for any family celebrations, weddings, christenings and very often served as a Sunday lunch starter (lunch is the most substantial meal of the day in Hungary). Lots of vegetables, tender meat chicken and egg noodles in a golden clear…
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Hungarian Rich Lentil Soup

Traditionally Hungarians make lentil soup on New Years Day as a symbol or promotion of desired financial prosperity in the new year.   The recipe can be easily altered to make a delicious vegetarian version, or made even more spicy by using sliced gyulai or similar…
hungarian-soup-tarragon-chicken-ragu

Hungarian Creamy Chicken Ragout Soup

A fragrant creamy chicken soup with tarragon and fresh vegetables.  It’s light yet rich with an earthy depth just when the subtle lemon and hint of mustard surprises you. This sophisticated little dish won’t hang around for long, guaranteed!

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