Check out my family Recipe for Polish Pasta dish called Lazanki. This Traditional food is one of my childhood favourites. It’s easy to prepare and a great option for a family dinner. All you need is some sauerkraut, kielbasa sausage, mushrooms and square pasta. Trust me, once you taste this recipe, it will become a favourite in your household too. Give it a try and enjoy the warm and comforting flavours of Łazanka! Smacznego!
Check out my other recipes for Traditional Polish dishes:
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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 Łazanka
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!
Recipe for Polish Lazanki:
Authentic Lazanki: Traditional Polish Pasta
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- 14.1 oz Lazanki pasta - (400g)(You can use any other type of square pasta, cut fresh lasagne sheets or pappardelle works good as well)
- 12.3 oz Smoked sausage - (350g) Kielbasa
- 10.6 oz Sauerkraut - (300g)
- 10.6 oz White cabbage - (300g)
- 7.05 oz White mushrooms - (200g) Champignon
- 2 Onions - medium sized, small dice
- 5 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 Bay leaves
- 2 Allspice berries
- Black pepper - to taste
- Salt - to taste
- 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.
- 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!
- Pasta Choice: While traditional Lazanki is made with specific square pasta called Lazanki, you can use Lasagne sheets cut into squares instead. If not available you can still prepare this dish with any pasta you have on hand.
- 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.
- 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.
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