So, what is this Finnish sausage soup or Nakkikeitto as the Finns call it?
This is actually a real Finnish comfort food, which, a lot of Finns do eat on a regular especially during winter. I personally love nakkikeitto and whenever I am in Finland, I do make it at least a few times in a month not only because it is easy but it truly is delicious.
When I first moved to Finland I was all about the rice (hi fellow Asian folks!), believe that potato is a snack and not a meal, and sausages should be eaten with a mountain of rice and ketchup. Well, I still think like this but after living in Finland for over a decade and worked as a chef in Nordic kitchens for nearly as long as I lived here made me fall in love with the simplicity of Finnish cuisine.
I think that is one of the reasons why I do cook and Finnish food a lot for myself. It is just so convenient because a lot of the recipes, like this Finnish sausage soup, takes little effort to make and boom you have dinner served!
Easy Finnish Sausage Soup Recipe (Nakkikeitto)
What is Finnish sausage soup?
The Finnish language is known for saying what it exactly is and Nakkiketto legit means sausage soup.
Nakki, however, is a type of Finnish sausage I would say similar to wieners or hotdogs, and guys, Finland has the best wieners in the world.
I freaking love these hotdogs and I know that they are processed and all but I don’t care, I eat them all the time. Sometimes cold and straight out of the package like a proper sicko.
Anyways, Finnish sausage soup is basically a soup with sausages and root vegetables.
Easy, simple, delicious. No apologies for the blabber.
Can you make an authentic nakkitkeitto?
I would say, yes! As long as plain hotdogs are available in your area or if you can get your hands on some German sausages, I think you’re solid and proceed on making this simple yet delicious soup.
Note for my Filipino readers: Do not use that suspiciously red purefoods hotdogs. Those are narly and wont go well with this dish! Stick with eating them with a mountain of rice and ketchup, I like them better like that, too.
Finnish sausage soup or nakkikeitto ingredients
To make this nakkikeitto, here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Sausage. If you’re in Finland, use nakkimakkara but if you’re abroad, you can use any plain hotdogs or German weiners if you can get your hand on them. Make sure they are not flavored with anything! Get the plain processed ones.
- Potato. Any potato will do but better if you use the waxy ones! Starchy potatoes will make the stock a bit on the thicker side and classically, this dish is very watery.
- Carrots. Great for adding that “earthy” flavor!
- Yellow onion. Or use whatever is available in your pantry, shallots will do.
- Bouillon. You can use whatever bouillon cubes you have as long as it is not fish or game meat. Alternatively, you can also use actual stock (homemade or store-bought).
- Bay leaf. This is optional but I think it adds a little bit of extra “Oomff”.
- Lemon juice. Traditionally, you do not add lemon juice in nakkikeitto but I do, in my opinion it gives a bit of extra freshness in the dish. You don’t have to put this if you do not have a lemon!
- Parsley. I know for many parsley is a boring herb but honestly, for this dish, it is more than just a decoration. It actually gives a bit of freshness in the dish while eating it!
How to make nakkikeitto
It doesn’t take long to make this dish and it is one of those “lazy dinners” you can easily make for yourself or other people:
- Chop your ingredients. You can literally murder chop them (my version of rough chop) or you can dice them up. Your call. I prefer dicing them up, I’m not a monster.
- Boil your stock. If you’re using bouillon cubes then add it in your pot with boiling water and dilute it. If you’re using stock, well, boil it.
- Add your chopped ingredients and bay leaf. Dump them all in the boiling stock and cook until the vegetables are cooked.
- Add your sliced sausage. When the vegetables are fork-tender.You’ll know this by sticking a fork in some of the potatoes and carrots, if it goes through with little effort, its good to go. If there’s a bit of resistance, it needs a bit more cooking. If it broke your veggies in pieces, they are overcooked bro!
- Season it up. Flavor your simmering soup but keep in mind that the sausage has salt in it so be gentle with the sodium!
So, that’s it! I hope this dish warms you up on a nice winter evening. If you’re feeling fancy, this is really nice with a Riesling or any semi-dry white wine.
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Easy Finnish Sausage Soup Recipe (Nakkikeitto)
- 5 dl Water
- 3 small Potatoes - Peeled and diced
- 2 small Carrots - Peeled and diced
- 1 small Yellow Onion - Chopped
- 1/2 cube Bouillon - You can use any kind. I used chicken cube in mine!
- 1 pcs Bay Leaf - Optional
- 3 pcs Finnish Sausage - Cut into 0.5cm slices. You can use other types of sausages, too!
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper - Adjust according to your taste
- 1 tsp Parsley - Optional
- In a pot on medium heat, add water, potatoes, carrots, bouillon, and bay leaf. Let this cook until the vegetables are tender (you can check this by poking one with a fork and if to goes in smoothly without a crunch, it's cooked!)
- Once the vegetables are cooked, add the sausages and lemon. Let this cook for about 5 minutes and season to taste!
- Top it off with parsley and serve!