Ahh… Authentic Polish tomato soup recipe. Every housewife has a different one. Some cook this soup using fresh tomatoes, some use canned ones, and some simply add homemade tomato juice and sour cream to make zupa pomidorowa. Finally, some go for tomato puree that they add to rosół, and tomato soup is ready.
In this post, I will give you a traditional recipe for Polish tomato soup and tell you a bit about the dish itself.
About Polish Tomato Soup
See also my chłodnik pomidorowy Polish cold tomato soup recipe.
Traditionally, Monday is a day that you can eat tomato soup in Poland. Why?
The reason is simple- everyone eats rosol on Sunday, and Polish housewives use the remaining broth the following day to cook a different dish.
That’s why a traditional Polish tomato soup is based on rosół.
You need to change the taste and the color by adding tomatoes. It doesn’t really matter if you go for the fresh or processed ones.
However, I strongly encourage you to choose fresh tomatoes, especially when the tomato season is on!
Why Everybody Loves Polish Tomato Soup?
Polish Tomato soup is not only easy to make, and tastes delicious, but it also is very good comfort food. It is the best food to have after staying for a long time in cold weather. This soup warms you up and soothes you from the inside, leaving you with the feeling of complete calmness and relaxation.
How To Cook Polish Tomato Soup?
What to use as a base for tomato soup?
As a base for our tomato soup, you can use chicken meat, beef on bones, or broth.
However, keep in mind that beef will take much longer to cook than chicken. The chicken will be ready in about 1,5 hours, while the beef will have to cook
for at least 2 to 3 hours. After the broth is boiled, remove any meat from inside the pot. Whether it is a chicken or beef it will make a perfect filling for meat pierogi.
What ingredients do I need to cook Polish tomato soup?
The recipe is VERY easy. All you need to have is broth and any kind of tomatoes that may be:
- fresh tomatoes
- canned, peeled, and diced tomatoes
- tomato puree
- tomato paste
- tomato juice
I want to use fresh tomatoes, how do I peel them?
Tomatoes are not very easy to peel… unless you throw them into boiling water for about 1 minute. The peel will come off by itself.
Some people add sour cream at the end of cooking to get a milder taste. In my opinion, there is enough fat in the broth itself, so there is no need to add more.
The last must-have ingredient to use in the Polish tomato soup recipe is rice or pasta.
The dispute about which one is better divides Poles for many years.
For me, either one is good! I don’t care whether I have pasta or rice in my tomato soup. Today I went for rice though.
Tips For Cooking Authentic Polish Tomato Soup
If you don’t have time, cook rice or pasta separately.
I am usually in a hurry, that’s why I start cooking pasta or rice at the same time as tomatoes.
It just saves my time, as I have the entire soup ready once the veggies are soft.
Serve it with chopped dill or any fresh herbs.
Polish tomato soup tastes great with fresh herbs, so don’t forget to add some on the top right before serving.
Finely chopped parsley is a great addition too.
Add sour cream if you want.
A tablespoon of sour cream placed on every plate right before serving the soup may look really good.
How Do I Store Polish Tomato Soup?
Store it in the fridge or freezer.
If you pour the hot soup into the jars and twist them tightly, you may keep them in the fridge like that for up to one week.
When keeping the Polish tomato soup in the pot in the fridge, you need to eat it in 3-4 days.
You can also freeze the soup and store it like that for up to 4 months.
Authentic Polish Tomato Soup Recipe
- 4-6 fresh tomatoes (or 2 cans of peeled diced tomatoes)
- 1 big onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 4 cups of broth
- 4 oz of uncooked rice or pasta
- oil, salt, pepper
- Cook the broth if you don't have any. You can use this recipe.
- If you use fresh tomatoes, wash, peel and dice them. Place them in the pot and cook until soft.
- Peel and dice an onion, peel and mince garlic cloves. Fry them with a bit of oil until soft.
- Add boiled or canned tomatoes, fried garlic, and onion to the broth. Cook for a while.
- Add uncooked rice and pasta to the soup and cook until soft. Alternatively, cook it separately and add it to the soup afterward.
- Season with salt or pepper if necessary.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g
These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix
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