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New Year’s Day Hungarian Soup Recipe (Korhelyleves)

2012/01/02 by Varga László


This is a Hungarian soup that is eaten traditionally on New Year’s Day and so I did too this year.

Ingredients (4 persons)

  • 300 g sauerkraut leaves
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • a pinch of cumin
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 10  peppercorns
  • 1 l stock (pork or vegetables)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 1 small chili pepper
  • 1 thick slice of bacon
  • smoked sausage (and other smoked pork stuff)
  • water
  • salt
  • oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


Preparation method:

  1. Wash the sauerkraut leaves to remove some of its saltiness then slice it thinly.
  2. Chop the garlic, onion and red pepper.
  3. Place the cabbage in a pot, together with the onion, garlic, red pepper, spices, broth and water.
  4. Cook it until the cabbage is tender, for approximately 30 – 40 minutes.
  5. Add the sausages to the soup and cook further for 15 minutes.
  6. Cut the bacon into small cubes, add them to a pan and fry the until they become crunchy golden-brown greaves.
  7. Remove the greaves from the pan, add the flour and paprika mixing them into a roux.
  8. Add the roux to the soup and cook for a another 10 minutes.
  9. Taste the soup and, if necessary, add salt but probably it’s not needed since both the sausages and sauerkraut are salty.
  10. Serve the soup with sour cream.

Happy New Year!


  1. Dave says:

    hmm… never heard of sauerkraut leaves before.. and what are ‘greaves’? Love the recipes and especially the pictures! Mouth is watering now 🙂

    • Vitha says:

      Ah, now I have a hankering for a plate of suffted cabbage and perhaps some Hungarian goulash! We used to have it more often when I lived in Cleveland, but the weather in Florida isn’t always conducive to my favorite comfort foods. Thank you for featuring 2 of my favorite foods in such an appealing fashion. Yummy!

  2. Sauerkraut is a type pickled cabbage (

    Greaves are the pieces of fried bacon that are left after the lard melts down from them.
    Another term for greaves is lardons.

  3. busweb says:

    nice recipe looks really delicious.

  4. László-örvendek hogy a blogodra találtam. Guszta, és finom a Korhelylevesed. Én már évek óta nem ettem ezt a levest Szilveszter, vagy Új Évkor. A kolbász is nagyon finom.
    Nézz át a blogomra ha lesz időd, és kövessél!
    Boldog Új Évet kivánok!

  5. organic beef says:

    Hi Varga!

    Love that Hungarian soup! It really looks delicious. Do you have Hungarian recipes made of beef?

    -Pearl from Naturally Grass Fed

  6. Jerry says:

    This dish is so savory! Just erpfect for a cold winter day. The mushrooms seriously dial up the flavor while the cream and fresh bread hit the comfort food factor.

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