Hungarian lesco is a tomato, onion, pepper stew. You can make it sweet or you can make it spicy. Swap out the sweet peppers with spicy peppers or swap the sweet paprika for spicy paprika. It's a great comfort dish but without all the fat.
This was and still is one of my favorite childhood dishes. Thanks Mom!
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute sausage until it's browned.
Remove from skillet and set aside.
Note: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in skillet if sausage is low in fat (i.e. chicken sausage, or turkey sausage)
Heat oil in the same skillet, add onions. Cook until translucent. About 3-5 minutes.
Add peppers. Cook another 2 minutes.
Toss in tomatoes, sausage, and add water. Sprinkle with paprika, sugar, salt ,and pepper to taste.
Stir well, cover and simmer until tender. About 15-20 minutes.
Add more sugar if you used green bell peppers and they are bitter.
Serve with bread or rice.
Roast two pounds of tomatoes or use store bought roasted tomatoes.
Note: After the tomatoes have cooled, peel the skin off and threw it away.
Over medium-high heat, saute onions until translucent with oil. Cook about 5 minutes.
Add in garlic. Cook another 2 minutes.
Add in tomatoes.
Add in broth, water, and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, remove from heat and use a blender or an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in some sugar to make it sweeter.
Serve with grilled cheese and with sliced up fresh basil.