Slovak Christmas Eve Mushroom Soup

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

This was passed down from generation to generation. I don't have a recipe for this soup, but I will try to esitmate the portions. It is a sour soup but it is delicious. People either love it or not. My neice never liked it and now she loves it, can't wait till Christmas Eve. My grandmother used to use mushrooms my grandfather and dad would pick up in the woods. I believe they called them sheephead. My grandmother would then clean them and hang them to dry. We can't find the mushrooms for sale and are afraid to go and look for them in the woods. We don't know the good from the bad.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 453.59-907.18 g onion, chopped
  • 295.73 ml butter, divided (May need a little more)
  • 907.18 g mushrooms, finely chopped (we use white mushrooms)
  • 946.0 ml water
  • 10 (2126.21 g) can sauerkraut juice
  • 59.14 ml flour


  1. Saute chopped onions in 1 cup butter until golden brown.
  2. Add finely chopped mushrooms to onions, and cook until mushrooms are done.
  3. Add water and cans of sauerkraut juice, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 1/2 hour.
  4. In a small sauce pan brown remaining 1/4 cup butter, adding flour to make a roux.
  5. Slowly add some soup juice (about 2 cups) to the roux, stirring to blend.
  6. Add roux to soup and cook another 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Serve.
Most Helpful

To get the best flavor use bagged kraft and squeeze it for the juice!

Tony D. December 24, 2015

Just finished making our version, which came from my Grandmother. I also dried my own mushrooms, although Costco now carries a nice package. We add spaezle, or little dumplings that are dropped into the hot soup. The person is right about loving or hating it. But once it becomes a tradition, you can't wait to have it again. I may add a tad of fresh dill this year.

Gigi #23 December 24, 2014

I loved this soup and couldn't stop eating it. I'd never heard of Christmas Eve soup but found the recipe while searching for a way to use up some sauerkraut juice and I also happened to have a lot of mushrooms in the house. I scaled it down a lot to make only 2 servings and only used about 1 tablespoon of butter total but it turned out just great. This recipe is a definite keeper.

Ellen E September 26, 2011