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Sour Rye Soup (Żurek)

Cooks in
30 min
Meal Type
Main meal

Sour Rye Soup (Żurek)

Sour Rye Soup

This is the queen of soups. I come from a place where miners working long working hours under the ground in the Silesia region were running on this very traditional dish. It is a hearty rich and very simple type of soup. The only caveat is that you need the sour rye base which nowadays you can easily buy in any store in Poland. So to make this dish you may need to find a Polish groceries store in your vicinity.

Let’s get souping Foodies!


  • Sour rye base (250 ml)
  • 0,5-1 liter chicken broth
  • 2 slices of bacon or pancetta thinly sliced and diced
  • 1 medium size onion thinly cubed
  • A small piece of a sausage (kielbasa in Polish) – sliced and diced or just sliced (this ingredient is optional)
  • 4-6 whole eggs hard boiled and halved

Prep Instructions

  1. On a few drops of oil fry the onion and bacon/pancetta to achieve a nice soft textured onions.
  2. While frying the bacon prepare the broth in a separate bowl.
  3. When the onion and bacon are ready, pour in the broth. Mix gently.
  4. Shake well the sour rye base and add to the pot with broth, onion and bacon.
  5. Mix gently for 5 minutes until the whole mixture starts to boil.
  6. Lower the heat to low and simmer the pot on low heat for 20 minutes mixing gently every 5-10 minute to avoiding burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Add the halved hard boiled eggs and serve hot.

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Tastes Great!
Min. Sugar
Healthy Fats
Nutrient Dense
Complex Protein