Swede Soup

  • Swede – brukiew  – in Polish –  is quite a sweet vegetable.
  • The soup is pureed so it is more an English style soup.


  • Around 500g of peeled swede
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1½ litres chicken stock
  • Butter for frying
  • 125ml soured cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • *
  • Skwarki(crispy bacon bits) or charred onion bits to serve


  • Chop the onion into small pieces and fry gently in the butter.
  • Chop the swede into small chunks and add to the onions.
  • Add the stock and simmer gently for about 10 minutes.
  • Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks and add to the soup.
  • Simmer gently for around 15 minutes until both the swede and potato are soft.
  • This may take longer.
  • Take the pan off the heat and purée with a stick blender.
  • Bring back to heat and stir in the soured cream.
  • Season to taste and serve.
  • *
  • Serve here with charred onions.

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2 thoughts on “Swede Soup”

  1. Swede sounded so exotic, until I looked it up and found out it was rutabaga. I never liked rutabaga as a child, so I haven’t tried it since I became an adult. My taste have changed, so I might find it good.

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  2. I never thought much of just swede served as a plain vegetable. Note my mother never did this – it was mostly in school dinners.
    I have also had it mashed and mixed with potatoes and this has been fine.
    In my quest for different soups I came across this idea.
    I was very surprised as to the sweetness and tastiness of this soup – nothing like the plain swede.
    The soured cream and charred onions or bacon bits also add to the tastiness.
    Nothing like old memories of swede.


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