figsandrosemary recipe lecho leczo tomatoes peppers

Ok, here's the deal. Every year, when I start feeling being de- summered (which is usually this time of the year), I make Lecho. Leczo, or lecho, is a originally Hungarian dish, very spicy and from what I know, it's not this dish. But I call it lecho either way. It's my way of cooking sunshine and fun, and great veggies into a dish. I love this dish. I could marry it. But I'm already married. But I love this dish. It's my seasonal lover. I could pack it later into a jar and store it for cold winter evenings, but I like to eat it so much, there's never any left for stowing away:(  Oh well.
 Anyhow, here's the how to:

Type of dish: main
Cost: cheap
Difficulty: easy
Time:  35 min
Serves: 4-6
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 20 min

What you need to make this dish:
a large saucepan with lid, a wooden spoon, sharp knife, cutting board, ladle, bowls to serve

  • 2-3 ball peppers ( any color)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3-5 tomatoes ( all colors, medium sized)
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup water

How to prepare:
Chop for your life! First, cut the ball peppers into dice, lets say the size of your thumbnail. Don’t cut your thumbnail! Now, dice the onion. And the tomatoes. And cut the zucchini in half, then in half, then slice it. Now, cutting time over.  Heat the saucepan with olive oil. When  it’s hot, throw in the bell peppers, stir well so they get nicely coated in oil. Let them fry a bit- this will make them softer. So, fry for about 3-5 min. Throw in the onion. Mix again, put the lid on the pot. In 5 minutes, the onion should be translucent.  Ok, now the rest- start with the zucchini, stir,  add tomatoes. Add the water, add the herbs and put the lid back on. Stir it from time to time, around every 5-10 min. you can wash up now. After 15 min turn the heat off and season to your taste with salt and pepper. Usually 1 large pinch of salt will do, and a small pinch of salt.

Additional information:
If you’re ok with garlic, add a smashed garlic clove when you’re adding the onions. Tastes great either way.

Serve with ideas:
Bread. Best is with bread. Or, if you prefer a heartier meal, boil a few potatoes, they will do nicely as well.

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