7 Delicious Peasant Food Recipes for Frugal Cooks

Ratatouille: This traditional French dish features a medley of seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, onions, and bell peppers, cooked slowly in olive oil and seasoned with herbs like thyme and basil.

Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla de Patatas): A classic Spanish omelette made with potatoes, onions, and eggs. It's hearty, filling, and can be enjoyed warm or cold as a tapa or light meal.

Pasta e Fagioli: An Italian pasta and bean soup made with simple ingredients like pasta, cannellini beans, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. It's comforting, nutritious, and budget-friendly.

Goulash: A Hungarian stew made with beef (or other meats), onions, paprika, and vegetables like bell peppers and tomatoes. It's hearty, flavorful, and perfect for feeding a crowd.

Lentil Soup: Lentils are inexpensive and nutritious, making them a staple in many peasant dishes. Lentil soup typically includes lentils, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and herbs, simmered together for a satisfying meal.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Golabki): Cabbage rolls stuffed with a mixture of ground meat (such as pork or beef), rice, onions, and seasonings, then simmered in a tomato-based sauce. This dish is comforting and economical.

Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala): A popular Indian dish made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans) simmered in a flavorful tomato-based sauce with onions, garlic, ginger, and spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Serve with rice or flatbread for a complete meal.

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