Slovak Mushroom Soup

This mushroom soup recipe is part of our Slovak Christmas dinner. However, after moving from Ohio, we discovered that finding sauerkraut juice can be a little bit challenging. So, we have been ordering it from the internet (Got to love the internet). That way we can still enjoy this part of our traditional Slovak Christmas meal. With so many other mushroom soup recipes (that taste nothing like this), it should probably be call Sauerkraut Soup, because that is the strongest taste.

My children love to eat it and then go around and give everyone “sour” kisses. That is my favorite part!

Slovak mushroom soup

Aunt Bette’s Slovak Mushroom Soup

  • 2 pounds kolbasi (I try to use the natural kind from Trader Joe’s)
  • 7 cans of kraut juice (We use Frank’s Quality Kraut Juice)
  • 7 large cans of mushrooms
  • 1/4 box of the smallest noodles you can find. Baba (my grandma) used pastina, but we haven’t been able to find those in a long time, so we have been using star-shaped pasta.
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper (or to taste)
  1. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way full of cold water and add 2 pounds of kolbasi and 4 cans of kraut juice. Boil for 1/2 hour.
  2. Take the kolbasi out and put it in a bowl.
  3. Add remaining sauerkraut juice and mushrooms with juice.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste to the soup.
  5. In a small frying pan, melt the butter on low until it is brown. Add 1 TBS of flour a little at a time to the melted butter. Mix constantly for about 3 three minutes. Add a little soup to the butter mixture and stir until smooth. The picture below should help you tell how it should look. Cook this a little and then add it to the soup.
  6. About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve the soup, add the noodles to the soup and cook them.

brown butter

If you decide to try this, please let me know how you like it or if you have any questions. You can also reduce the amount of sauerkraut juice you decide to add and then add it at the end, so it isn’t too sour for you! Do you have any traditional family recipes? Please share them below or on social media!


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