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Rosol (Polish Chicken Soup)

Course: Soup
Cuisine: European, Polish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 230
Author: Edyta
Rosol is a traditional Polish Chicken Soup. It's usually served on Sundays and for special occasions (like weddings, christenings, etc). It's also a traditional remedy for anyone who feels under the weather, as it's believed to have 'healing power.' The chicken broth is super clear and it's poured over the noodles with some chopped carrots, parsley, and pieces of chicken sprinkled in. Read more to learn how to achieve the superior taste and clarity of Polish Chicken Soup. 
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Ingredients

  • 5 Chicken drumsticks or other chicken parts on the bone
  • 1 Small piece of beef bone
  • 4 Carrots large or 5 small
  • 1 Parsnip large or 2 small
  • Celery root
  • Leek
  • 2 Yellow onions
  • 1/4 head Cabbage either savoy or green
  • 6 springs Parsley plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Allspice
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1/2 lbs Thin noodles cooked according to instructions

Instructions

  • Gather all your vegetables. Peel carrots, parsnip, and celery. Clean and trim your leek and wash your parsley. Heat up a skillet and add unpeeled onions in to get some burn marks. 
  • Place chicken pieces, beef bone, allspice, and bay leaves into a large pot.
  • Add vegetables and fill the pot with water. Add vinegar and about 1-2 tablespoons of salt (you will finish seasoning once the broth is cooked)
  • Set it on medium to low heat. Do not boil it! Let it simmer for two hours. A few times during the cooking, skim off anything that accumulates on the surface.
  • Check for seasoning, add salt and pepper to your liking or chicken cubes, magi or Vegeta (see recipe notes).
  • Boil the noodles separately, according to instructions. Once cooked, rinse with cold water to remove starch. Add noodles to a bowl. 
  • Remove a carrot and piece of chicken from the broth, cut it up and add it to your bowl. Ladle the broth into your bowl; first letting it pass through a meshed strainer. Add chopped parsley and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

This is optional for seasoning: chicken broth cubes, "Magi" (popular in Europe and South America) or "Vegeta" type of seasoning (Vegeta is very popular in Europe and I see it in stores in the US now too). But again all of these are optional to enhance the flavor but are not required. 
*See our Nutritional Disclaimer here.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5225IU | Vitamin C: 18.5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.3mg