Jota Soup (Sauerkraut and Bean Soup) is a popular winter soup. The stew is made of beans, sauerkraut or sour turnip, potatoes, bacon, spare ribs, popular in the northern Adriatic region. “Jota” seems to derive from a Celtic roots.

Jota soup

It can be made with sour cabbage or sour turnips and potatoes, beans and a beat of ham or sausages. 
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Slovenia
Keyword: cabbage, potatoes


  • 500 g sour cabbage or sour turnips
  • 500 g potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp red sweet paprika
  • 300 g dried kidney beans
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomato pure
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100 g bacon


  • Wash and soak the beans in water overnight.
  • Next day cook the potatoes and the beans separately. 
  • In a frying pan over medium heat add the onion and chopped bacon with bay leave. After the bacon gets light brown color, add the cabbage.
  • Stir fry for few minutes then season with all the spices and crushed garlic, but leave the salt.
  • The cover the pan and cook for 15minutes.
  • Add the already cooked beans and potatoes. You can use the water from the cooking of the potatoes or beans to the pan.

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Photo: Petar43/Wikipedia

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