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Slovak Cabbage Soup – Kapustnica

Every time we visit Slovakia, there are certain foods that I just must eat. One of these foods is Slovak cabbage soup or kapustnica as it is called. Kapusta means cabbage. The other day I came across some Polish sauerkraut at a local grocery store and the thought hit me – why not make the soup at home. After a quick search on google I found a convenient recipe on this site.

The Story Behind Kapustnica

Before moving on to the recipe, let’s exchange some words about this delicious soup. Actually, it comes in various forms depending on who makes it, the area, and the season. The ones I have tasted before have always come with a lot of sauerkraut, meat, and sausage. The soup is usually prepared at the end of the year, around Christmas and New Year’s. The Christmas version comes without meat, instead, it has such ingredients as cream, white plain halušky, and potatoes. Many a Slovak have also told me that this dish is excellent for curing hangovers from hell!

The Ingredients

I eventually ended up modifying the original recipe and using the following ingredients for my soup. For instance, I did not want to have so much meat in it. The result was a big pot of soup serving about 5 people.

  • Sauerkraut – 0,5 kg
  • Sausage – kabanos with garlic, 2 pieces (225 grams)
  • One large onion
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Clove, nutmeg, bay leaf, black pepper, spicy paprika, ½ red pepper

How to Make Slovak Cabbage Soup

  1. Rinse the sauerkraut, then put it with a liter of water into a large pot.
  2. Cut and mix onion and garlic cloves, add to the soup.
  3. Add black pepper, cloves and nutmeg, 2 bay leaves and some of the paprika.
  4. Add some more water and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
  5. Cut the sausages into small pieces and add it to the soup.
  6. Add red pepper and paprika
  7. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy! Sour cream is so tasty with this soup, unfortunately we didn’t have any at home. However, I will definitely get a jar and bring it with me to the office tomorrow. Who cares if the whole place will smell of cabbage – what matters is the delicious lunch!

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Diane McElwain

    Thank you for liking my page. It is so nice you love Slovak food–I do also. Maybe since I am Slovak!

    1. Jesper

      We might be biased as well after our one and a half year stay in Bratislava. 🙂

  2. PEP talk

    I love this soup! And it’s super healthy 😉

  3. clcouch123

    The soup looks good and the recipe sounds good, too. I enjoy cabbage to the rue of some of my friends. Tomorrow with the sauerkraut, yes? Regardless of what you have for your meals, have a Happy New Year’s day!

  4. beetleypete

    Sausage and sauerkraut go well together. That looks delicious.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. this is called a dish. in Polish Kapuśniak, if it contains potatoes and Bigos without it, both dishes are delicious. Your recipe sounds great too, and it doesn’t look delicious.

  6. I use to grow my own cabbage and make sauerkraut with some of it. No comparison to what you can buy in a store. I know I would enjoy this soup…

  7. latskojerry

    Love it, thank you! Tried to subscribe but could not type on the I’m not a robot page…

    1. Jesper

      Happy to hear that you liked the soup Jerry, less so that the subscribe page didn’t work. I have tried to update it, so feel free to give it a new attempt. Thank you for letting us know. 🙂

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