Soup ‘Kapuśniak’ recipe

I would like to share with you a recipe for a special Polish sauerkraut soup. I have prepared a short cooking tutorial/my own attempt of preparing the dish. The video is in Polish however you can find the recipe in English here 😊.


  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 4 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 bacon strip
  • 300g Sauerkraut (1/3 of the jar)

It is a personal favourite and no matter how often I have it, it always stirs up a happy feeling round my body. I really want to say that it reminds me of Poland but that would be a lie. The only dinners I remember or envision me having in Poland are fried sausages with ketchup, fasolka szparagowa z bułeczką, kotlety z piersi kurczaka i chleb z pasztetem…

I just read back at what I wrote. This is what writing in English but having to think in Polish looks like, I mash up both languages unintentionally. The names of the food has always been known to me in Polish as they’d be prepared by my mum and I never have had to give exact names in English before. Oh dear. (After a while of searching and thinking this through: green beans with bread crumbs, chicken breast strips and pâté sandwiches.

Other childhood food memories from Poland are: eating handful (literally) of onions (and now I can’t stand them), watermelon, cherries, bób, buraki, barszcz and chips with milk. (Oops, I did it again).

Food that bring back childhood memories in England are: Chinese noodles, Domino’s pizza, chocolate cereal and chocolate digestives. For some reason the food I remember from Poland seems to be a lot more healthy. Hmm.

Anyway here is the recipe:

  1. Begin with boiling 1/3 of a pot of water and add ‘some’ oil (teaspoon or two).
  2. Slice carrots into quarters and make two cuts in the onions without splitting them. Place into the boiling water.
  3. Peel the potatoes an cut them into small cubes. Place into the pot.
  4. Boil all together for around 15 minutes/until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Squeeze the onions to get all the nutrients out and throw out. You may also take the carrots out if you wish.
  6. Slice the bacon into pieces. Add the sauerkraut and bacon to the pot.
  7. Add a teaspoon of salt, mix, turn down the heat and boil for a few minutes .
  8. Wait to slightly cool down and eat 😀

I hope you enjoy this simple homemade dish and come back for more ‘In My Mum’s Kitchen’ recipes!


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