Polish Potato Soup Recipe - Zupa Ziemniaczana

Potato soup with minced pork and walnuts
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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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.

What You'll Need

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

How to Make It

  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.