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Russian Cabbage Soup is delicious and easy to make. I love eating this hearty and warming autumn favourite. Enjoyed in Russia for over 1000 years! Shchi (Щи)

Shchi - Russian Cabbage Soup (Щи)

Russian Cabbage Soup is delicious and easy to make. I love eating this hearty and warming autumn favourite. Enjoyed in Russia for over 1000 years! Shchi (Щи)

Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Keyword Shchi
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Author Peter's Food Adventures

Ingredients

  • 5 litres of beef stock
  • 1/2 small cabbage chopped and shredded
  • 3 medium potatoes cubed in small pieces
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 3 medium tomatoes chopped or 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 small red pepper diced capsicum
  • oil for frying
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped bunch of parsley and dill for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the beef stock, simmered and strained, enough for 5 litres. Can be prepared the night before, or use store bought stock. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the shredded cabbage, bay leaf and diced potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked.
  3. While the soup is simmering, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Fry chopped onions and grated carrots until they are starting to lightly brown.
  4. Add the red pepper and fry for two minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes including juices and cook for another 2 minutes.

  5. Add the fried onion/tomato mixture to the soup when the potatoes are cooked. Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Season the soup with Beef Stock Powder and salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Add the parsley and dill and serve with sour cream and rye bread.

Recipe Notes

This recipes tastes even better when you add a small jar of sauerkraut cabbage. This adds extra sourness which works perfectly.