Slovakian Garlic & Potato Soup (Cesnaková Polievka)

Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.  

It’s time to hop on a virtual plane because today is the Eat the World in Slovakia!

I loved looking at Slovakian food because much of it is perfect for this time of year.  Where I live, it’s still pretty much winter, so the warm comforting foods that I found when I was researching Slovakia sounded amazing.

I ended up choosing a simple and delicious vegetarian garlic and potato soup.  I went with a vegetarian option since it was still Lent and we’re not eating meat on Fridays.  Plus, I was certain that the flavor palate would be something my kids would eat (which they did).

The only goof I had was the bread.  Traditionally, this soup is served with a toasted baguette (in some versions the cheese and baguette are placed in the bottom of the bowl and topped with soup).  

Earlier in the week, I had baked a few loaves of my Soft & Chewy Italian bread and figured I’d use that.   I didn’t realize, however, that my kids had eaten all of the bread between their breakfast and after school snack for the week.

So, I was actively beginning my soup and realized that I had no bread.  What to do?  The bread really seemed critical to the recipe.  I decided to take a diversion from the traditional and make my 45 Minute Breadsticks, solely because they take 45 minutes from start to finish and could be ready in a reasonable time.  

The final change I made was in the cheese.  I wasn’t familiar with the cheese traditionally used in this soup (it must be a regional cheese), but I had gouda, so I decided to use that.

I was thrilled with the soup and there were no leftovers, so that speaks volumes!

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Slovakian Garlic & Potato Soup (Cesnaková Polievka)

Adapted from Kuchyna Lidla


1 tablespoon butter

6 potatoes (about 2 pounds), diced

1 head garlic (about 12-15 cloves), split into cloves and smashed

Salt & pepper

1 bay leaf

1 quart water

To serve

45 Minute Breadsticks

4 ounces gouda cheese, shredded

Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add the potatoes and fry for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.  Stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the water and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup.  Split into bowls and top with bread and cheese.

Serves 4

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  1. This is a very delicious soup. I tried when exploring the Slovakian cuisine and we loved it too! I am interested in trying the 45-min breadsticks.

  2. I love how simple this soup is - just a few ingredients, but it looks sooo tasty. Comfort food.

  3. Wow, that soup looks great. Quick thinking on thebread sticks and I love that pile of gouda!


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