Kapustnica (Slovakian Sauerkraut & Sausage Soup)
I learned how to make this delicious soup when visiting a friend in Slovakia! This soup is usually made around Christmas and winter time in Slovakia but is great for any day if you ask me. It's made with sauerkraut, smoked ham hock, sausage, mushrooms and flavorful spices like caraway and paprika. Spices will vary depending on the family. Even if you can't find some ingredients like the ham/sausage, you can probably get a similar flavor with appropriate substitutions.
- Smoked ham - try some kind of other ham or smoked bacon maybe
- Hungarian/Polish sauage - Kielbasas, paprika sausage, etc. could work okay
- Dried mushrooms - 1 pack fresh mushrooms, though you won't get as much flavor
- Marjoram - try thyme or something similar