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Polish Sour Rye Zurek Soup

Learn how to make the best homemade Zurek Soup. Our traditional & authentic sour rye Polish soup features bacon, kielbasa and sour cream.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: Polish Soup, Sour Rye Soup, Zurek Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 392kcal


  • Dutch Oven or Large Pot
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • French knife
  • Skillet


  • 2 cups Active Rye Sourdough Starter
  • 4 Bay Leaf
  • 5 All-Spice Berries
  • 5 Black Peppercorns
  • 2 litres Beef Stock
  • 7 oz Smoked bacon
  • 1 White onion chopped
  • 2 Carrots chopped
  • 2 Parsnips chopped
  • 500 g Kielbasa Sausage
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp Whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp Dried Marjoram
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 Boiled eggs garnish
  • Parsley garnish
  • Horseradish garnish
  • Sour cream garnish
  • Dill Pickles garnish


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, pour in beef stock and simmer over medium heat.
  • Add bacon to a skillet and fry over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Once the bacon fat has rendered, add the onion pieces and continue frying until both ingredients turn golden brown.
  • Pour the bacon and onion mixture into the dutch oven with beef stock. Add carrots and parsnip.
  • Add white kiełbasa (uncut, whole links) and continue cooking for 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil the eggs. Once cooked allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • Add 1⅓ cups of zakwas spiced Polish rye sourdough starter for a mild Zurek, or up to 2 cups for a more sour tasting soup.
  • Add dried marjoram and chopped garlic, cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Take the pot off the heat. Remove the sausage with slotted spoon, slice and return to the pot.
  • Slowly pour whipping cream into the pot. Have a taste and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper.
  • Serve Zurek soup in large bowls and top with dollop of sour cream, sliced dill pickles, chopped parsley, spoonful of horseradish and sliced hard boiled egg.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.9g | Protein: 25.9g | Fat: 28.6g | Saturated Fat: 10.4g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 2303mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 1.6g | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg