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Bramboračka – Czech Potato Soup

An authentic recipe showing you how to make the Czech potato soup from scratch.
Course Soup
Cuisine Czech
Keyword Bramboračka, Bramborová polévka, Czech Potato Soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 oz (80-100 g) celeriac
  • 1 parsley root
  • 4-6 potatoes middle-sized
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 handful mushrooms dried
  • 1 and ¼ cups (300 ml) water to soak mushrooms
  • 1 stick (110 g) butter unsalted
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds crushed
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram use 1 level tablespoon
  • ⅓ cup (40 g) all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 cups (1.2 l) water for soup

Instructions

  • Clean and peel vegetables (carrot, parsley root, celeriac, potatoes), dice them into ½-inch pieces. Peel and slice the cloves of garlic. Chop the onion finely.
  • Soak the dried mushrooms in a 1.¼ cup of water, bring them to a boil and cook them for about 10 minutes. Reserve the mushroom broth for later.
  • Heat a pot with a thick bottom on medium, melt in the butter. Add the root vegetables (carrot, parsley root, celeriac – not the onion yet).
  • Fry vegetables until lightly golden, stir occasionally. Only now, add the onion and fry while stirring for 5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to third, and let’s go to make a roux.
  • Add flour with crushed caraway to the vegetables, fry for about 1-2 minutes until the vegetables are covered with flour, and turn lightly golden brown. Stir frequently to prevent the flour from burning.
  • Pour in the water in batches, whisk to avoid lumps. Season with salt and pepper. Turn up the temperature and bring the soup to a boil.
  • Add diced potatoes, chopped garlic, mushrooms, and about ½-1 cup of mushroom broth. Lower the temperature and let it simmer until potatoes soften. It takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • As the last step, add dried marjoram. Rub the marjoram before adding in your fingers to release its essential oils. Cook for a further 1 minute, then remove the bramboračka soup from the stove.
  • Add salt and pepper to your liking, stir. Sprinkle with a chopped sprig of parsley before serving.

Notes

  1. Makes about 4 portions.
  2. Bramboračka soup is even thicker the following day!