Zupa Mleczna is a delicious Polish snack that is usually made with drop noodles. It can also be made with other noodles, pasta, semolina, or rice. Enjoy sweet or savory!
Polish milk soup with drop noodles, or Zupa Mleczna z Kluskami in Polish, is a dish that holds a special place in the hearts and stomachs of many Polish people. This comforting soup has been enjoyed for generations and is often still served at preschools. It’s a reminder of the rich culinary traditions of the country.
The soup’s history can be traced back to the 18th century, a time when milk was a common ingredient in many Polish dishes. As dairy farming was prevalent in certain regions, milk was often used in soups as a way to create a nutritious and filling meal – sometimes with stale bread and sugar, sometimes with rice.
The addition of drop noodles to the soup is a more recent innovation, likely dating back to the early 20th century.
As a child, I remember eating this soup on cold winter days in preschool. The fluffy drop noodles floating in the milk were enough to fill the kids warm and full. It’s a reminder of my heritage and a symbol of the warmth and comfort of Polish culture.
Tips For Making Polish Milk Soup with Drop Noodles
- If you wish, you can make the drop noodles in boiling water before adding them to the milk soup.
- You can also make the Zupa Mleczna with other types of noodles, kluski, rice, pasta, or semolina.
- Some people also add kopytka dumplings.
- Use gluten-free flour to make it gluten-free.
- Add sugar or cinnamon if you want it sweet.
- You can add fresh fruits such as strawberries or blueberries, or dried fruits such as chopped almonds or cashew nuts.
- You can also replace the milk with almond milk or coconut milk. The kids love it!
FAQs about Zupa Mleczna: Milk Soup with Drop Noodles
When do you eat Zupa Mleczna?
Zupa Mleczna is eaten for breakfast or for supper. Most commonly for breakfast.
Do I have to use drop noodles?
In this recipe called Zupa Mleczna z Lanymi Kluskami, we use drop noodles. But if you wish, you can make the Zupa Mleczna with other types of kluski or noodles, rice, pasta, or even semolina. It will still be delicious!
Another great option is to take a roll of soft bread or pancake, cut it into strips, and then add it to the milk soup. I’ve also tried it with kluski leniwe, and it’s amazing!
What do I add to the sweet Zupa Mleczna?
For a sweet milk soup, simply add sugar or cinnamon, or vanilla extract.
What do I add to the savory Zupa Mleczna?
For a savory milk soup, add a pinch of salt. You can also add rice, groats, buckwheat, or millet.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp of all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp of sugar (optional)
- pinch of salt
- Bring milk to a boil in a pot, then reduce the heat.
- Meanwhile, knead an elastic, compact dough from the flour, water and eggs.
- Grate the mash in the large holes of the grater right into the boiling milk. You can also form small dumplings by hand if you don't have a grater. Cook until soft and serve warm.
- If you want a sweet version, add sugar and even a pinch of cinnamon before serving.
- Mash can be cooked separately in salted water, strained, and added to milk.