Zupa Gzybowa - Polish Mushroom Soup

Monica H Recipe

By Monica H MonisiaH

15 Min
40 Min
Stove Top

My dad is a mushroom nut. He LOVES his mushrooms. Where he and my mom are from in Poland, there are lots of forests where mushrooms grow wild, and they are a staple of cooking in the region.

My dad uses them fresh, dried, dehydrated, whatever. Mushroom soup (Zupa Grzybowa) was on our table a lot. This is simple to make and really so full of flavor. My mother makes the best. This is based on her recipes (which is not written down, so I've translated her "little of this, little of that" method!)

You can also add a hearty noodle to this soup, or vegetables like carrots. Also, now they even sell "Zupa Grzybowa" flavor packets in the store; I have used these sometimes to enhance the flavor of the soup, but not as a substitute for using real mushrooms or real stock.

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1 1/2 c
dried mushrooms (your choice)
1 c
fresh mushrooms (your choice)
8-9 c
vegetable stock
1 stick
unsalted butter
yellow onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp
flour or cornstarch
4 oz
sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
vegeta to taste (optional)
chopped dill or parsley, and dash of pepper, for garnish

Directions Step-By-Step

Put dried mushrooms in a pot and cover them with boiling water. Cover pot and let stand to soak until they are soft. This depends on the mushroom you use. This may take a few minutes, or maybe sometimes an hour.
After they are softened, rinse them and chop them up into diced bits, or into strips.
In your soup pot, add all mushtooms and the broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
In a saucepan, sautee onions in all the butter until brown and tender. Add onions and butter to the pot.
In a small bowl, mix cornstarch/flour with a ladle or two of the hot soup. Whisk until all lumps are gone. Add it all back to the soup, or strain through small strainer if you still think you have lumps left.
Stir in the sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste. Also add vegeta if you have it / if you want to. At this point, you may want more sour cream so add 8 oz instead of 4. I don't like lots of sour cream so I just do 4.
Garnish with chopped dill / parsley / pepper when serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Polish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: For Kids

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Elsie Perrett twiga13
Sep 23, 2011
I could eat the whole pot of soup by myself. I'm saving this.
ali Bresnahan alibee
Sep 23, 2011
Oh yeah, Monica. Can't wait to try...saving this.
PS - what's Vegeta?
Monica H MonisiaH
Sep 23, 2011
@ Elsie: go on and eat it all.. I won't tell!
@ Ali: Vegeta is an all-purpose seasoning. It is very good and is a staple in my kitchen. If you don't have it / can't find it, the you can use something like Mrs. Dash...
bev snee 1234567
Sep 23, 2011
Zupa jest bardzo dobja!
Monica H MonisiaH
Sep 23, 2011
YAY, BEV!!!!! Tak, ta zupa jest "niebo w gebie"!
bev snee 1234567
Sep 23, 2011
Yes..the soup is what? lol.. I only know a little Polish. Whenever I eat soup I say to my family that the soup is very very good in
Polish! I just could'nt resist!. I am making this for sure. jenkuja?Forgot how to spell Thank you!
Monica H MonisiaH
Sep 24, 2011
Bev, I am excited to have had a little Polish convo with someone on JAP! That was awesome. What I said, "To jest niebo w gebie" means "this is heaven in the mouth" which is a exclamation to use when you taste something really good! It is pronounced "toh yest knee-eh-bo wuh guh-em-bee-eh" You are trying to say "thank you"... which is "dziekuje"... really close! :o) :o) :o)
Lisa Pekala Drkaito
Oct 31, 2011
I make my mushroom soup just like yours, Monika! Mushroom soup is a favorite in my house too! Bardzo blisko siebie mieszkamy! Czymaj sie! :)
Rosemary Habarka justme313
Dec 20, 2011
I make Slovak Mushroom soup...it is a staple for Christmas. The broth is made with sauerkraut juice and we LOVE it. Going to try your mushroom soup as it sounds good and different.
Monica H MonisiaH
Dec 20, 2011
Hope you like it, Rosemary!
Shelley Simpson Shellasim
Dec 29, 2011
My bubba used to make this all the time! Oh it sounds so good! Can not wait to also make this!