Polish Rosol

I have just returned from Lapanow in Poland where the Festival of Broth takes place every year.

Rosol is a traditional clear Polish broth served with fine noodles or dumplings that are preferably home made.


I had the opportunity to taste many versions made from old family recipes or those that are typically used in villages. Although very similar and using more or less the same ingredients, each soup had its own identity in appearance and flavor.


Thr Polish are proud of their Broth. It is served at weddings, Christmas dinners, special occasions and also fed to someone who is ill and the healing properties must also come from the care and attention that has gone into the preparation of this broth.

I was given several similar recipes and you will need:

1 whole chicken
2 carrots, peel and cut into small cubes
Some chopped garlic
Flat leaf parsley
1 celery, cut into large pieces
½ leek, cut into large pieces
1 whole onion, delicately charred on a skillet
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 dried bay leaves
cooked angel hair noodles, to serve
fresh parsley, to serve
salt and pepper


Place the chicken in a large soup pot and cover with 2 litres of cold water. Bring the water to boil, skim very well, then lower the heat and simmer for another hour.

Add the carrot, parsley, celery, leek and onion to the soup, with some salt, peppercorns and bay leaves. Simmer over low heat for an additional hour.

Remove meat and vegetables, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Strain the soup.
Remove some of the fat floatimg at the top.
Serve with cooked angel hair pasta, chopped carrots and fresh parsley.

With thanks to the local action group of Dolina Raby


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15 responses to “Polish Rosol”

  1. I hope you had a great trip! The broth looks similar to Korean broth. 🙂

    1. Yes thank you, a beautiful country with lovely people, so welcoming, warm and kind. I hope you are well.. Must try the Korean version soon 🙂

  2. Delicious! My best friend’s mother used to make it every year when we were children. I couldn’t wait for that ‘time’ to come!

    1. Good old fashioned flavors, I know what you mean !

      1. She’s still healthy, living in Michigan. I correspond with my oldest childhood friend, not telling her that I ‘attempt’ to make her mother’s soup each and every year. 🙂

  3. I’m Polish and my mom makes fantastic rosol, I make it when I’m cold, it’s perfect for the winter evenings. I didn’t know you can add garlic though, my grandma or my mom don’t do that, I guess it depends on the region too. My favourite is the one made out of duck, but it’s true that the chicken rosol is the most popular one. Oh I think I will make it this weekend!! 🙂

    1. Yes i do think there are regional differences and each family seems to have their own version. Inwas told that the duck one is very special too … A great soup for Autumn evenings, ideal this weekend Im sure !

  4. Lovely looking soup Lea. Very refined peasants in Poland.

    1. Thank you Connor, the food was simple, fresh with amazing flavor !

    1. Yes it is Michele, healthy and wholesome, have a great weekend !

  5. Food says so much about its people. This looks yummy.

    1. Thank you so much, it was good old fashioned food, nothing beats it. Hope you are keeping well, have a great weekend !

  6. I love clear soups. That looks amazing!

    1. I adore clear soups too Liz, if you do try this recipe let me know. A good weekend to you 🙂

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