Kāpostu Zupa Recipe: A Taste of Latvian Comfort

Dish recipes: Kāpostu zupa
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Kāpostu zupa, or Latvian cabbage soup, is a hearty and flavorful dish that warms both body and soul, especially during chilly days. This traditional Latvian soup is cherished for its simplicity, nourishing ingredients, and rich taste, making it a staple in Latvian households for generations.


1 lb (450 g) pork shoulder, diced

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, diced

2 potatoes, peeled and diced

1/2 small head of cabbage, shredded

4 cups (1 liter) beef or vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh dill or parsley for garnish

Sour cream for serving (optional)


In a large pot, sauté the diced pork shoulder until browned. Add the chopped onion and diced carrots to the pot and cook until softened. Stir in the diced potatoes and shredded cabbage, then pour in the beef or vegetable broth. Add the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded together. Once cooked, remove the bay leaf from the soup. Serve the Kāpostu zupa hot, garnished with fresh dill or parsley. Optionally, add a dollop of sour cream on top for extra creaminess.


Enjoy Kāpostu zupa as a comforting meal on its own or serve it alongside crusty bread for a satisfying lunch or dinner. This soup also makes for delicious leftovers, as the flavors deepen even more with time.

Kāpostu zupa is not just a soup it's a taste of Latvian tradition and comfort. With its wholesome ingredients and hearty flavor, it's sure to become a favorite in your kitchen as well.