Slovak smoked sausage and sauerkraut soup (kapusta polievka)

Years and years ago when I spent my first christmas with my girlfriends parents, (her father is hungarian, her mother is slovak, she herself was born in bratislava slovakia,) her dad made sauerkraut soup.

I was dubious at first, but I'm ALWAYS game to try new ethnic food, and after a healthy dollop of sour cream, I dove in and fell in love with slovak/eastern european food with the first bite.

What follows is a quick guide on how to make slovak sour kraut soup. if you have never had it, you are in for a treat.

Kate7113 years ago
Where is the recipe? How much stock and when do you add sauerkraut. The pictures don't tell me anything. Please...I want to make this on Sunday.
jfdimarco (author)  Kate7113 years ago
Kate711 - for some reason, when I wrote this, the instructions appeared on the pictures themselves. Click the little 'i' on the pictures and it will show my comments. You'll need about 2 quarts chicken stock!
Odd but I can only see the introduction. Is there more that got removed or is it a pictorial only?
jfdimarco (author)  backyardmunitionist3 years ago
It seems as though my picture comments have been removed. Odd. i'll see about fixing it.
Thanks, the soup looks awesome, I was so disappointed when I couldn't find any instructions.
lamka4 years ago
Hi. I'm from Slovakia and it is Kapustova polievka or Kapustnica no kapusta polievka.It is most delicious >D.
mased007 lamka4 years ago
Im slovak too. Je fajn ze tuto super stránku navštevujú aj slováci.
I like that aswel :D
nutka11114 years ago
I'm 100% polish, but raised mostly in the USA. I'v never made this soup before and would love to try my hand at it. What are the herbs in the picture, I can't make them out. Is one of them thyme? What is the other?
jfdimarco (author)  nutka11114 years ago
The herbs I used are Thyme, Marjoram, garlic, white onion, salt, celery, carrot, and caraway seed :)
palkoc4 years ago
Great! Only two ortographic commets: "kapusta polievka" -> "Kapustova polievka", kliebasa ->klobasa :)

I'm a Slovak, currently living in Brazil... Thanks for remebering me the Christmas time :D
im 1/3rd hungarian 1/3rd english and 1/3 slovak!
BalintRules4 years ago
hey im hungarian! :)
Screamo4 years ago
Who need the SOUP PART :) just eat the yummy meat.
rob789014 years ago
what brand/model knife is that?
jfdimarco (author)  rob789014 years ago
The knife shown is a Friedrick Dick. (F. dick or Friedr. Dick) It's a great medium weight all purpose chef's knife that will run you about $150.oo
manne4 years ago
My husband is part Slovak and introduced me to this soup - we've loved it for years! Luckily, we have a local Polish deli and can buy something very similar, the only noticeable difference is a little dill. I believe they call it Kapusniak (spelling is probably wrong) but they smile politely and accept the English translation of 'cabbage soup'. I can't wait to surprise my husband with a homemade batch - thanks!
Paperduck4 years ago
It's cooking on the stove as I am writing this, thank you for this instructable!
Luckily I have a great Polish butcher around the corner so I had no trouble finding the sausage and the smoked ribs. \o/
lamka4 years ago
And if you have interest I can write instructables with lesson of Slovak langaue.(Excuze me I must go learn English).
alexxas774 years ago
Really good instruction!
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grapeshot5 years ago
This is a GREAT Instructable. Thanks for putting it together. My parents were Hungarian, and although my mother cooked lots of Hungarian foods, she never made this soup. Not even once! I first had it at a restaurant, and thought it was the most delicious soup that I ever had. I've been looking for a good recipe ever since. FYI, for those who live in places where you can't easily get good, smoked sausages (like where I live, for example), I've had great success using mail order. My usual source is www.eurofoodmart.com. (I have no affiliation with that site.)