Authentic Polish Tomato Soup Recipe – Zupa Pomidorowa

Ahh… Polish tomato soup recipe. Every housewife has a different one. Some cook this soup using fresh tomatoes, some use the canned ones, some simply add homemade tomato juice and sour cream to make zupa pomidorowa. Finally, some go for tomato puree that they add to rosol, 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 of processed ones.

However, I strongly encourage you to choose fresh tomatoes, especially when the tomato season is on!

How 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

Some people add sour cream at the end of cooking to get the 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 are 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.

Add sour cream if you want.

A tablespoon of sour cream placed on every plate right before serving the soup may look really good.

Store it in the fridge or freezer.

If you pour the hot soup in 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 like that for up to 4 months.

Authentic Polish Tomato Soup Recipe

Authentic Polish Tomato Soup Recipe

Authentic Polish Tomato Soup Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 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


  1. Cook the broth if you don't have any. You can use this recipe.
  2. If you use fresh tomatoes, wash, peel and dice them. Place them in the pot and cook until soft.
  3. Peel and dice an onion, peel and mince garlic cloves. Fry them with a bit of oil until soft. Onions frying in a pan.
  4. Add boiled tomatoes, fried garlic, and onion to the broth. Cook for a while.
  5. Add uncooked rice and pasta to the soup and cook until soft. Alternatively, cook it separately and add to the soup afterward.
  6. Season with salt or pepper if necessary.

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