Polish Recipes

Polish pearl barley soup Krupnik

Polish pearl barley soup {Krupnik}

"Krupa" is an old name for pearl barley, hence the name: "krupnik“= Soup from Krupa. This is a very easy and cheap Polish soup for busy cooks who may not spend much time in the kitchen or prefer to do other things. I prefer to cook than other things, but sometimes it's nice to relax, have a cold drink and enjoy time with friends and family. As the weather warms up here in Pennsylvania (on and off 😉), quick dinner recipes will come in handy.

We ate a lot of soups when we were growing up. tomatosoup, cucumber soup, chicken soup, Cauliflower soup, sauerkraut soup… They call it. With a little creativity and lots of restrictions on access to ingredients, Poles got very creative with their food. A few simple but bold and tasteful components, most of the garden and possibilities are endless. Our palettes have formed around these flavors over the years, and the different flavors of each of these soups have been defined in our taste memories in such a way that making and consuming them will bring us back years and years later. I know that sometimes I close my eyes while eating, letting smells and flavors unite in my head and I feel like I'm sitting in my grandmother's kitchen … until someone says something and snaps me back to reality 🙂

Polish pearl barley soup {Krupnik}

Krupnik is a relatively thick and mild spicy soup, the main flavor component of which comes from pearl barley. Potatoes, carrots and parsley add a delicate sweetness, texture and color.

Polish pearl barley soup {Krupnik}


  • 2 liters of vegetable or meat broth (or leftover chicken soup)
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 large carrot
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4-5 allspice, whole
  • Parsley for garnish
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter


  1. Bring the broth to a boil. Add peeled and chopped carrots and diced potatoes, bay leaves, and any seasonings. Add a teaspoon of salt (if the broth is unsalted). Cook for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and the barley is cooked.

  2. Switch off, try. Add more salt if needed. Sprinkle with pepper and parsley. Add butter and stir. To serve.


When the soup sits, it will thicken. Add more broth if too thick.

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