Hearty Kapuśniak: Traditional Polish Cabbage Soup


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Poland with our Hearty Kapuśniak, a traditional Polish Cabbage Soup that embodies the soul-warming comfort of Eastern European cuisine. This rustic, flavorful soup combines tender cabbage, hearty potatoes, and succulent pieces of meat, all simmered to perfection in a savory broth enriched with spices and herbs. Ideal for chilly evenings or as a nourishing meal to share with family and friends, Kapuśniak offers a taste of Polish heritage in every spoonful, promising to comfort and satisfy.

Hearty Kapuśniak: Traditional Polish Cabbage Soup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 cups

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 500 mg


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound (450g) smoked sausage or pork ribs, cut into pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and grated (optional)
  • 6 cups (1.5L) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh dill or parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sausage or pork ribs and cook until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent. Add the shredded cabbage, potatoes, carrot, and parsnip (if using). Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Return the meat to the pot along with the chicken or vegetable broth, bay leaves, and marjoram. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  4. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve hot, garnished with fresh dill or parsley and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer flavor, use smoked sausage or ribs as they impart a deep, smoky essence to the soup.
  • If the soup is too thick, add more broth or water to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Kapuśniak can be made a day ahead as the flavors deepen and meld when left to sit overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Kapuśniak vegetarian?

Yes, simply omit the meat and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version of this soup.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Can Kapuśniak be frozen?

Yes, it freezes well. Cool completely, then transfer to freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Hearty Kapuśniak is more than just a soup; it's a warm embrace from Polish cuisine, offering comfort, nourishment, and a taste of tradition with every spoonful. As the seasons change or whenever you crave a touch of homely warmth, let this traditional cabbage soup be your go-to recipe for bringing people together. Experience the rich flavors and hearty goodness of Kapuśniak, and let it transport you to the heart of Poland, one bowl at a time.