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Bramboračka: Czech Potato Soup

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    Soup ingredients: dried mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, parsnip, butter, caraway seeds, dried marjoram, garlic and flour
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    Dice root vegetables and soak mushrooms in hot water
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    Garlic press

Text, photos and food cooked by Michal Martinek

Jan 27, 2015

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Bramboračka is a classic Czech potato soup—a mouth-watering, nostalgic meal best appreciated during the frigid, short days of fall and winter. It comes together fairly quickly using just a handful of ingredients, but with each playing a distinctly key role and adding to the final, complex result: a silky, smooth soup with a nice, chewy texture.

Start with a roux base; it will make the soup creamy. Dice the root vegetables to the same size to get as many as possible in one bite. If you didn’t forage for wild mushrooms in a Czech forest last summer and didn’t sun-dry them yourself on old newspapers, by all means—use store-bought mushrooms. Dried marjoram goes stale very fast, so test it: Rub it with your fingers, and see if it smells fresh. To avoid bitter garlic taste, add it only after you take the soup off the heat.


  1. Serves 4
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  4. 6 cups water
  5. ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  8. 3 small carrots, peeled and diced
  9. 1 parsnip, peeled and diced
  10. ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water
  11. 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  12. 2 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed


Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the butter, and stir continuously with a wooden spoon until pale gold in color, about 3 minutes.


Pour the water into the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the caraway seeds, salt, potatoes, carrots and parsnip. Lower the heat and simmer until vegetables are soft. Drain the porcini mushrooms, squeeze out any liquid, and add them to the soup. Cook for 5 minutes.


Turn off the heat, and stir in the marjoram and garlic. Taste for salt.


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