Kapustnica is a traditional Slovak Christmas soup, consisting mainly of sour cabbage. The ingredients and method for making Kapustnica are shown below:
  1. Begin by cooking the pork ribs and the joint of smoked pork, together with the sausage, in a pot with 1 gallon of water.
  2. After 10 minutes, when the water is boiling, add the dry mushrooms and let it cook until the meat is half tender. Then add the sour cabbage and its juices to the pot and cook it again for about an hour.
  3. Half way through the hour, add 2 whole onions, a meat and a vegetable boullion cube and ½ cup of white wine.
  4. Make some ‘zápraška’, which is prepared from oil, pepper, paprika and water, and then thickened with flour. When the hour is up, add the peeled potatoes and the ‘zápraška’, and stir.
  5. Then, let it cook for a further five minutes, adding more spices according to taste. When the cooking is finished, serve it in a soup bowl.
Recipe Notes

Can be used as a starter or a main meal.