Sunday, January 3, 2010

Recipe #7: Лютеница чорба (Lutenitsa Soup)

This is a simple recipe I found in a cookbook the Peace Corps provided us. I’ve never actually seen a Bulgarian either make or eat this soup, but it was surprisingly good. I plan on experimenting with лютеница (lutenitsa) in some other soups in the future, and, if I find something that works, I’ll post it. In the meantime, you can try this.

1 and ½ cups of лютеница (I will post a recipe for homemade лютеница in the future)
2 and 2/3 cups of milk
¾ of a cup of orange juice
4 teaspoons of dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and heat over medium-low heat until hot.

A bowl of лютеница чорба (lutenitsa soup).


  1. It looks delish, but give me a hint of what lutenitsa involves...meat, veggies, other????
    Is it a product you buy at the store?
    Hope you have a happy new year!

  2. Лютеница (spelled lutenitsa, lutenitza, ljutenica, lyutenitsa, lutenica, etc.) is essentially Bulgarian salsa. It's a condiment typically eaten straight from the jar or with bread and is usually made of tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, onion, garlic, sunflower oil, sugar, black pepper, salt. There are many brands and varieties which can be bought in stores over here. Your selection is undoubtedly more limited, but you should be able to find it. Luckily, my host family provides me with homemade stuff.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Well that explains the red strips in the dish! It really looks tasty, so I will check around the specialty aisles around haven't disappointed yet!!