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Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup Recipe - Shchi

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Russian Cabbage Soup or Shchi

Russian Cabbage Soup or Shchi

© Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Fresh cabbage soup or shchi is one of the national dishes of Russia. When the soup is made with sauerkraut, it is known as sour shchi or kislye shchi, and when it is made with sorrel, spinach and other greens, it's known as green shchi or zelyoniye shchi. As with most dishes, the recipes vary from cook to cook and from region to region. This cabbage soup recipe is meatless and contains no sauerkraut.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 servings Russian Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 large head cabbage cut into shreds
  • 1 large peeled and coarsely grated carrot
  • 1 chopped celery rib
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Black peppercorns to taste
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 2 large peeled and coarsely chopped russet potatoes
  • 2 large peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes or 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh dill for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish

Preparation:

  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté onion in butter until translucent. Add cabbage, carrots and celery and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bay leaf, peppercorns and water or stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

  2. Add potatoes to soup and bring back to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bring back to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings.

  3. Remove bay leaf and peppercorns from pot, if desired. Serve soup in warm bowls with dill and sour cream as garnish. Accompany with rye bread, if desired.
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