Russian Cabbage Soup Shchi

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Shchi is a traditional Russian soup with cabbage as the primary ingredient. It's hearty, healthy and easy to make. Shchi is traditionally eaten with rye bread.
Russian Cabbage Soup Shchi

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cabbage (small, shredded or finely chopped)
  • 2 potatoes (large, cut into cubes)
  • 1 carrot (grated)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon tomato sauce (or fresh tomato, peeled and chopped)
  • 1 onion (medium, finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups water
  • pepper
  • salt
  • dill
  • scallions (for garnishing)
  • sour cream (about 1 tablespoon per serving)
Yield:
Servings
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 35 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: 5 Servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Instructions

1. In a pot, bring water and beef to boil. Remove all scum. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 1 hour, until the meat is tender. Remove the meat and strain the broth through a paper towel or cheesecloth, then return to the pot together with meat.
2. Grate carrot and finely chop onion.
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3. Shred or finely chop cabbage, cut potatoes into cubes.
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4. Add potatoes and cabbage to the soup and bring back to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes.
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5. Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt butter, add onion and carrot, cook for 7 minutes. Add tomato sauce (or fresh tomato) and cook for another 2 minutes. Add to the soup.
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6. Add bay leaves, season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
Russian Cabbage Soup Shchi photo instruction 5
7. Before serving, cut the meat into desired pieces. Serve shchi garnished with sour cream, dill and scallions (optional).
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Comments

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What type of Beef?

Guest April 6, 2018 11:41 PM
What type of beef do you use in this recipe? Is it ground beef or a cut of steak? Let me know thanks, I’m going to make this for my book club, we’re reading Anna Karenina. Thank you!
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alenatrs April 12, 2018 7:41 PM
Hi, you can use any cut of meat for this recipe. I often use beef stew and it works just fine! Sorry for a late response ;)
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Nice soup

Guest March 4, 2018 5:31 PM
I simply followed the recipe. It came out really good. I will make it again.
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Wow!!

Guest November 5, 2017 9:02 PM
I made this with boiled pork instead of beef and it was spectacular!! My husband has had to go gluten and dairy free for health reasons (we left off the sour cream) and has had a hard time making the adjustment, but this dish rejuvenated his outlook on his new diet. Very tasty and filling. The kids loved it too!!!
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alenatrs November 6, 2017 11:46 AM
I'm so happy to hear that you liked the recipe! This is one of my favorite soups from my childhood. My kids love it too :) Thank you for your great review!
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Absolutely loved this, though

schoolgirl November 7, 2013 9:22 PM
Absolutely loved this, though can't say I like cabbage that much. Inexpensive to make. Already added it to our meal rotation.
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