Lazanki – Polish Pasta

Lazanki is a traditional Polish pasta dish that’s one of my childhood favourites. It’s a hearty and comforting meal with sauerkraut, mushrooms, onions, and smoked sausage that creates a unique and delicious flavour. It’s easy to prepare and a great option for a family dinner or meal prep. Trust me, once you taste this dish, it will become a favourite in your household too. Give it a try and enjoy the warm and comforting flavours of Lazanki!

  • Versatility: Recipe allows for various pasta substitutions.
  • Quick Prep: Easily and swiftly prepared.
  • Authentic Flavours: Boasts traditional Polish taste.

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Lazanki - Traditional Polish Pasta on the plate.

What is Lazanki?

Lazanki is a traditional Polish pasta dish made with square-shaped pasta, sauerkraut, and often served with mushrooms, onions, and smoked sausage. Its origins are traced back to the 16th century when it was a popular dish among the Polish gentry.

Regional Variations of Lazanki

There are variations of Lazanki that vary from region to region in Poland. For example, in the east of Poland, they add fried cabbage, and in the west, they add tomato paste. Other variations may include the addition of bacon, cheese, or sour cream.

Lazanki in Festive Celebrations

Lazanki is often served during the Christmas season and other special occasions in Poland. The dish is also popular in other Eastern European countries, such as Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, where it may be known by a different name.

The Lasting Popularity of Lazanki

Lazanki is a delicious and hearty pasta dish that’s perfect for a cozy night in or a special occasion. Its popularity has lasted for centuries, and its variations show the versatility and adaptability of Polish cuisine. Pycha!

The Intricacies of Polish Bigos

While a more complex and time-consuming recipe for Polish bigos may require extra effort, the end result is a deeply satisfying and flavourful dish that is worth the extra time and attention. By taking the time to properly prepare and combine each ingredient, you will create a rich and complex flavour profile that will transport your taste buds to the heart of Poland. So, take on the challenge and give this traditional recipe a try – your taste buds will thank you!

Recipe for Lazanki:

Delicious Polish Lazanki pasta on a plate - perfect comfort food for any occasion.
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Authentic Lazanki: Traditional Polish Pasta

Discover Lazanki, a beloved Polish pasta dish with sauerkraut, mushrooms, onions, and smoked sausage – a delicious and comforting childhood favourite.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 795kcal
Author: Chef Lukasz



  • To begin, place sauerkraut, bay leaves, and allspice in a medium pot and add enough water to cover the contents. You may also use water from the jar. Cook for 20 minutes, then drain the sauerkraut and set it aside to cool.
    Fresh sauerkraut and aromatic bay leaves simmering in a stainless steel pot, showcasing traditional Polish cuisine preparation.
  • In a large frying pan, preheat vegetable oil over high heat. Add sliced sausage and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate, but keep the oil in the pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add diced onions. Fry until translucent, around 5 minutes, then add mushrooms and increase the heat. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Next, add diced cabbage and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium.
  • Once the sauerkraut has cooled, chop it up and add it to the pan. Add fried sausage and combine all ingredients.
  • Cook pasta until al dente, then add it to the pan and combine. Season with salt and black pepper to your liking. Smacznego!
    Freshly cooked Lazanki pasta garnished with herbs on a white plate, showcasing the traditional square-shaped noodles mixed with sauerkraut, mushrooms, and smoked sausage, representing authentic Polish cuisine.


Pasta Choice: While traditional Lazanki is made with specific pasta, don’t let the absence of Lazanki or Lasagne sheets deter you. Many pasta varieties, such as pappardelle or tagliatelle, can serve as worthy substitutes, ensuring the dish retains its comforting essence.
Mushroom Varieties: If you’re looking to elevate the earthy flavours of this dish, consider incorporating wild mushrooms. Varieties like porcini (also known as cep) or boletus can be a fantastic addition, offering a robust and deep flavour profile. Whether freshly picked or dried and rehydrated, these mushrooms will infuse the dish with an irresistible aromatic and hearty essence.
Sauerkraut Draining: Ensure the sauerkraut is well-drained after cooking to prevent the dish from becoming overly watery.
Sausage Varieties: While smoked sausages like kielbasa are recommended, feel free to use any type of sausage. For a vegetarian twist, you can even omit the sausage altogether.
Serving Temperature: This dish is versatile, suitable for serving both hot or cold. It’s an excellent choice for leftovers or meal prepping.
Garnishing: Enhance the dish’s flavour and texture by topping it with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or dill.


Calories: 795kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 36g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g
Lazanki - Traditional Polish Pasta on the plate.

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