Zupa Pomidorowa is a classic Polish tomato soup known for its rich, comforting, and slightly tangy flavor. It is often served with rice or pasta, making it a hearty and satisfying dish.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional for creaminess)
  • 1 cup cooked rice or pasta (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic, grated carrot, and diced celery. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and chicken or vegetable broth. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the dried basil and oregano. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. If a smoother texture is desired, use an immersion blender to puree the soup directly in the pot. Alternatively, let the soup cool slightly and then blend in batches in a countertop blender.
  7. If you’re using sour cream, temper it by mixing a small amount of the hot soup into the sour cream before adding it to the pot. This prevents curdling. Stir in the sour cream until well combined and heated through.
  8. If adding rice or pasta, either stir it into the soup or place it in the bowls before ladling the soup over it.
  9. Serve the soup hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 180-220 (varies with the addition of rice/pasta and sour cream)
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 5g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Zupa Pomidorowa is a delightful and comforting soup, perfect for any day of the week. Its rich tomato flavor, enhanced with aromatic herbs and vegetables, makes it a popular choice in Polish cuisine. Whether served with rice, pasta, or simply with a dollop of sour cream, this soup is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy this classic Polish tomato soup with your family and friends!

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