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vegetables | pepper paprikash

Serves 4, if served with rice and/or vegetables

I acquired the basis for this delicious recipe from a friend's mum as a student years ago. Because most students lived on bare essentials, it was an easy but impressive dish to make if anyone equally as dishy was coming to dinner! Now it's just an easy dish to throw in the oven at weekends. I say weekends because although it's quick to make, it does need 1 ½ hours cooking time in the oven, so, if you arrive home late, you may not have time. BUT, it can easily be reheated if you have made it the day before.

The original recipe had chicken in it, which can be added in, but it's equally as lovely without it.

Wheat free, dairy free, nut free, meat free version...




  1. Heat the oven to 170°C.
  2. In a saucepan, sauté the onions in the oil for about 5 minutes, whilst you chop the garlic.
  3. Add the garlic and just keep giving it a little stir whilst you chop the celery.
  4. Add the celery and keep stirring whilst you chop the carrots.
  5. Add the carrots and give the odd stir whilst you chop pepper.
  6. Add peppers and stir a few times whilst you open the can of tomatoes.
  7. Stir in the 2 tbsp of paprika until it is well distributed and coats all the vegetables.
  8. Add the water and tomato paste and stir well. Add the wine now, if you are using it.
  9. Boil for 10 minutes, then stir in the chopped tomatoes and turn the mixture into an oven proof dish.
  10. Hide the bay leaf in the middle, cover with foil and put in the oven.
  11. Cook for 45 minutes with foil on.
  12. After 45 minutes, take foil off, give a little stir and leave for another 45 minutes.
  13. Add the salt to taste and serve into dishes with a good dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkling of the spring onions or chives.

Maybe serve with...

This is delicious with any kind of rice, mashed potatoes, new potatoes or jacket potatoes. If you're really pushing the boat out, you could make some duchesse potatoes and bake them at the same time. It is lovely with additional vegetables if you need to make it stretch further, but equally, it's packed full of them.

For those able to eat dairy...

You could use dairy yoghurt and maybe add a knob of butter to the oil before you cook the onions etc. If making duchesse potatoes then you can add butter and cream to those too.

For those able to eat wheat...

This is delicious served with toasted wholemeal pittas to dip into the sauce or chunks of ripped French stick.

For those who can eat meat...

See the recipe for pork paprikash.

If you have paprika and tomatoes left, try the sublime tomato soup. If you have peppers leftover, try the Mediterranean skewers.

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