Tangy and Comforting: Kwaśnica – A Polish Sauerkraut Soup Delight


Embrace the tangy and comforting flavors of Poland with this authentic Kwaśnica, a sauerkraut soup that will warm your soul and tantalize your taste buds. Packed with hearty ingredients and a perfect balance of sour and savory notes, this traditional dish is a true showcase of Polish culinary excellence.

Tangy and Comforting: Kwaśnica – A Polish Sauerkraut Soup Delight

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 280
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 880mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7g
  • Total Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 14g


  • 1 pound (450g) sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups (960ml) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • Fresh dill, chopped (for garnish)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, combine the drained and rinsed sauerkraut, broth, diced potato, sliced carrot, diced onion, minced garlic, bay leaf, caraway seeds, and black pepper.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in the white wine vinegar and season with salt to taste.
  4. In a small bowl, make a roux by whisking together the all-purpose flour and butter or oil until smooth.
  5. Slowly whisk the roux into the simmering soup, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  6. Let the soup continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until it reaches your desired consistency.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Ladle the hot Kwaśnica into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh dill.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer flavor, use smoked sausage or bacon in addition to or instead of the carrot.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of crispy fried onions for extra creaminess and crunch.
  • Adjust the tanginess by adding more or less vinegar to suit your taste preferences.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use fresh cabbage instead of sauerkraut?

A: While sauerkraut is traditional, you can substitute fresh cabbage if necessary. The soup will lack the tangy flavor, but you can add more vinegar to compensate.

Q: Can I make this soup vegetarian or vegan?

A: Yes, simply use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and omit the butter or use a plant-based substitute.

Q: How long does Kwaśnica keep in the refrigerator?

A: Properly stored in an airtight container, this sauerkraut soup will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Embrace the tangy and comforting flavors of this authentic Polish Kwaśnica, a sauerkraut soup that will transport you to the heart of Polish culinary traditions with every delectable spoonful. Savor the perfect balance of sour and savory notes, and let the warmth of this hearty dish envelop you in a cozy embrace.