Traditional Polish Soups — the Traditional Taste of Poland

Holidaymakers today count on more and more traditional cuisines of the area they are traveling. The traditional cuisines can swing the whole vote in favor of a particular place. Cuisines are not the same at all the places. Every place has its own essence and aroma of rich tradition and culture carried through the ages.

Poland has enough to be loved: its beautiful towns and cities, rich history, old-fashioned transport and quaint villages. But what really makes this country unique is its delicious and unforgettable food. Are you planning to visit Poland soon? Or visit the nearby Polish restaurant? Try some of these traditional Polish soups to relish your taste buds.

The traditional Polish cuisine features a wide variety of meat like chicken, pork, and duck, as well as starchy vegetables, like potatoes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, beetroot, etc. The traditional Polish soups are known to be thickened with flour. There are a few dishes which have become a national symbol of the country. You won’t be disappointed with the rich Polish cuisine and unforgettable taste of each dish. Stacked and accompanied with home-baked bread, pastries, etc, traditional Polish soup is bliss to the appetite, being certainly very satisfying. If you are in Poland, you’ll have no need to search for these traditional soups, because they are available on street as well, so, you’ll never go hungry.

To list a few traditional Polish soups: beetroot borscht, Polish mushroom soup, cucumber soup, cabbage soup, duck blood soup, etc — are the few of the most famous ones.

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Polish Cabbage Soup Recipe

The Polish cabbage soup recipe has a blend of raw cabbage and sauerkraut. In some regions like the Tatra Mountains, the soup is called Kwasnik as is entirely made from sauerkraut. The regional Polish soup is sour in taste. Sometimes it is seasoned with a tomato bouillon, which gives it a slight orange or red color.

The recipe is not too fancy but the authentic traditional taste makes it the best. So, let us have a look at the cabbage soup recipe.

Ready time – 1 hour

Serves – 12 to 15

Ingredients – 5 chopped carrots, 3 chopped onions, 5 chopped garlic cloves, 1-2 diced tomatoes, 4 cups vegetable broth, 1 medium chopped cabbage, dry onion soup mix, 56 ounce of tomato juice, 3 diced bell peppers, chopped celery, green beans(optional), 2 tablespoons oregano, 2 tablespoons basil, ½ tablespoon dried chili flakes (optional), salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Wash all the vegetables properly. Wash the cabbage carefully to avoid dirt.
  2. Heat the soup pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the vegetables with vegetable broth.
  4. Bring the mixture to boil and stir occasionally. Reduce it to simmer.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes till all the vegetables especially cabbage will be tender. You can add chicken broth too if you wish.
  6. Adjust the seasoning as per your taste and serve hot with freshly baked bread or sausage.

Duck Blood Soup

It might sound repugnant but this Polish traditional soup is made of a blend of broth with duck blood, chicken blood, rabbit blood or goose (if available). The dish is repulsive for some, but it remains an important part of the Polish cuisine. In the Old Polish tradition, the blood was obtained by making a slit in the neck and pressing the beak. The Polish duck blood soup is prepared by collecting the blood in a bowl with vinegar and vigorously stirring it to protect it from clotting. This method gave fresh quality blood with high taste sensations.

traditional polish soups

Nowadays the blood is obtained from selected farmers or butcher shops in frozen form as the frozen form retains quality and nutritional value.

Duck blood soup is regarded as the best Polish traditional soup. It is also called czernina. It is characterized by a sweet and sour taste which comes from the addition of sugar and vinegar. Other ingredients of the recipe may include: dried fruits, mead and syrups from pears in vinegar or plums in vinegar which is also a Polish specialty. The soup is served with boiled potatoes or noodles. Though homemade pasta is loved and given preference. The soup is usually prepared in large quantities because it tastes better when heated repeatedly.

traditional polish soups

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom soup is another traditional Polish soup, which is traditionally served on the Christmas Eve supper. The Polish mushroom soup is one of the most loved Polish soups known all over the globe. Mushroom is the dominating ingredient despite the fact that the soup is cooked with vegetables and meat. The soup has the authentic Polish aroma and taste.

If one loves mushroom, they will be surely enthralled by this traditional mushroom soup.

Although that peculiar taste of a mushroom soup is hard to define, you can guess that from the fact that the soup is purely traditional. The Polish cuisine offers a wide range of choices.  The mushroom soup is not the exception. Soup can be made with boletus, red mushrooms, yellow mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms and more. But the most common and widely available one is made with the white mushroom easily available at every grocery store.

Compliment your soup with a freshly baked bread. So, never miss trying the variety of mushroom soups when you’ll visit Poland next time.


While visiting the beautiful city of Poland, you need certainly try at least one of its traditional soups. If you have a Polish meal you will quickly realize its high, extremely delicious taste. So, good luck for you to explore the Polish tastes and relish your taste buds and… Smacznego!