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Polish Potato Soup Recipe - Zupa Ziemniaczana


Polish Potato Soup or Zupa Ziemniaczane

Polish Potato Soup or Zupa Ziemniaczane

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There are as many recipes for Polish potato soup or zupa ziemniaczana (ZOO-pah zhem-nyah-CHAN-ah) as there are cooks. I like to add carrots to mine and use a chicken stock or vegetable stock base and a little bacon or smoked meat. The finished soup can be creamed, if desired, by following the instructions in the Note, below.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings Polish Potato Soup


  • 4 ounces (about 4 strips) diced bacon
  • 2 large finely chopped onions
  • 2 large peeled and finely chopped carrots
  • 1 rib finely chopped celery
  • 2 pounds peeled potatoes cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until it begins to render some of its fat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add carrots, celery and potatoes and sauté gently for 5 minutes, but do not brown.

  2. Then add hot stock, parsley and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf, adjust seasonings, and serve hot with additional chopped parsley, if desired, and light rye bread.
Note: If desired, the soup can be creamed by fork blending 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour with 1 cup sour cream and tempering it with a few ladles of hot soup. Return tempered sour cream to soup pot and stir in until the soup simmers but does not boil.
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