Hearty Polish Mushroom Soup - Zupa Kurkowa


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Poland with Zupa Kurkowa, a rich and aromatic mushroom soup that embodies the essence of traditional Polish cooking. This comforting bowl is perfect for chilly days, combining earthy mushrooms with creamy textures and a medley of herbs that will warm you from the inside out.

Hearty Polish Mushroom Soup - Zupa Kurkowa

Preparation and Cooking Times

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

Servings: 6

Serving size: 1 bowl (approximately 250 ml)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 6g
  • Fat: 10g (of which Saturated: 5g)
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sodium: 400mg


  • Wild mushrooms - 500g (chopped)
  • Onion - 100g (1 medium, diced)
  • Garlic - 10g (2 cloves, minced)
  • Carrots - 100g (2 medium, diced)
  • Celery stalks - 80g (2 stalks, diced)
  • Vegetable broth - 1.5 liters
  • Fresh thyme - 3g (1 teaspoon)
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Heavy cream - 120ml (4 ounces)
  • Butter - 30g (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper - to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook until vegetables are softened.
  2. Stir in the chopped mushrooms, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook until mushrooms are browned.
  3. Pour in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaf. Use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup for a thicker texture. Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat through, then serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh herbs or a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Choice of Mushrooms: The flavor of the soup can vary greatly depending on the type of mushrooms used. For a deeper flavor, consider mixing different varieties.
  • Consistency Adjustments: Adjust the thickness of the soup by varying the amount of broth or cream according to preference.
  • Serving Suggestion: This soup pairs beautifully with crusty bread or a light salad.


Q1: Can I use regular button mushrooms?

• A1: Yes, button mushrooms can be used, but for more complex flavors, consider wild or a mix of different mushrooms.

Q2: Is there a dairy-free alternative to heavy cream?

• A2: For a vegan version, substitute heavy cream with coconut cream or a plant-based cream alternative.

Q3: How can I store leftover mushroom soup?

• A3: Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Relish the taste of Poland with this heartwarming Zupa Kurkowa! Each spoonful brings a burst of rich flavors and the timeless charm of Polish hospitality. Enjoy this delightful soup and let it transport you to the cozy corners of a Polish kitchen, where tradition and warmth are always on the menu.