Estonian Milk Soup

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Milk Soup

Do Estonians have a comfort food?

I believe that we can call our Milk Soup as comfort food. All our Mothers made a milk soup at night. When the child’s stomach had suddenly become so empty 🙂

Milk soup is very easy to make, it gets ready quickly and as milk is rich of B vitamin, it makes you calm and helps you sleep.

However, this comfort food has sometimes been complicated 🙂
During the Soviet times at school on Mondays we were always served a bowl of milk soup for lunch.  Of course, I hated it:)
In a very popular book called ” Kasuema” by Silvia Rannamaa, which describes the life of a youngster during the 60s, the ” Milk soup Mondays” were compared to Dickens poorhouses 🙂 believe me, despite the fact that this book was very popular it certainly did not help to rise the popularity  of milk soups.
But again, we can call Milk soup a comfort food. On Mondays, you have enough power to start your 🙂 school week.

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Tallinna Vürtsikilu (Spiced sprat) Sandwich

And yes, you can not believe this, but traditionally the milk soup is served with some spiced sprat (Tallinna Vürtsikilu) sandwiches 🙂

You can replace pasta with rice, barley, semolina or dumplings. Recipe is the same.
For Dumpling Soup bring milk to boil, reduce heat and add small dumplings. Dumpling recipe you can find here.

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Milk Soup

Milk Soup with Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 l milk
  • 200 g pasta
  • salt, butter

Directions

  1. Cook pasta as showed on package
  2. 2. Drain pasta and add milk
  3. Bring milk to boil
  4. Season soup with salt, serve with butter.
  5. traditionally milk soup is served with spiced sprat (Tallinna Vürtsikilu) sandwiches

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Milk Soup

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25 comments on “Estonian Milk Soup”

  1. Well, I don’t think I’ll be making this, but the history about it is fascinating. My mother would sometimes make a flour soup, and I actually liked it, but it probably stems from the time during WWII when her mother didn’t have much food to cook.

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  2. Nice story! In Romania (where I grew up), pasta with milk it’s also a comfort food, only it’s a sweet version of your recipe – we call it (in a wrong way of course) couscous. I’ll definitely try your recipe! 🙂

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    1. Very interesting, I would try this sweet version, as well.
      Yes, this is one twist of Estonia, that we do not eat sweet milk- soup and sweet morning porridge 🙂

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  3. I’ve heard about milk soup before, but didnt realize it was a comfort food. It’s interesting how different cultures have different types of comfort food.

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  4. We used to eat a soup like this in Kazakhstan. When it was fancy it had camel meat in it! I think the milk used was often camel milk too which makes it even better. Not bad, but mostly I think, as you say, a comfort food.

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      1. The meat is kind of dry as it contains less fat and the milk is slightly salty tasting because of its high mineral content. Also make sure you drink pasteurized,homogenized camel milk for the best -and safest- experience. The raw version has a strong taste which may turn you off.
        Cheers.

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  5. I used to have and love a similar milk soup in Romania as a child. The main difference it was that it was sweet. Very sweet! I used to have it mostly at a neighbor’s house, my grandmother refused to make it. 🙂

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