Shchi Russian Traditional Cabbage Soup

Hello Everyone!!!

Today we will make a Russian traditional soup that I learn from our good Master, Captain Sergejs Saposnikovs. I have learned a lot of recipe from Capt. Sergejs to whom I can honestly say has a great passion for cooking and wide knowledge too. He likes to have soup for lunch every day, so he taught me some Russian soup such as Kharcho Soup, Borscht soup, Solyanka soup, and Gorohobiy soup which I will share it with you all. But for today, we’ll have Shchi because I like the history behind it.

Shchi is a traditional soup of Russia where it has been known as far back as the 9Th century, soon after cabbage was introduced from Byzantium. Its popularity in Russia originates from several factors. Shchi is relatively easy to prepare. It can be cooked with or without various types of meat, and it can be frozen and carried as a solid on a trip to be cut up when needed. As a result, by the 10th-century shchi became a staple food of Russia, and a popular saying sprang from this fact: “Shchi da kasha-pishcha nasha” or “Shchi and kasha are our food”. Shchi is traditionally eaten with rye bread. So let’s do it!

Shchi Russian Traditional Cabbage Soup
Shchi Russian Traditional Cabbage Soup – Photo by Nino Almendra

Now on with the cooking…

Shchi Russian Traditional Cabbage Soup

Prep. time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Very Easy

Makes; 6 liters

Good for 12 crew

You will need;

1 1/2 kg. pork ribs

7 liters water

500 grams potatoes, peeled and cut into small dice

3 pcs. bay leaf

250 grams diced yellow onions

250 grams coarsely grated carrots

1 kg. cabbage, cut into shreds

4 Tbsp. cooking oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Chopped parsley to garnish and sour cream to serve on the side.

Direction;

In a large soup pot, place the pork ribs and water. Bring it to a boil, skimming off the foam on the surface of the boiling soup stock.

Cover crack open and transfer on medium heat, simmer until pork ribs are tender. About 2 hours.

Remove the cooked pork ribs and place it in a bowl to cool down. Discard the bones and chop the cooked meat into small dice. Set aside.

Add the potatoes and bay leaf into the simmering soup stock.

In a frying pan, sauté the onions and carrots in cooking oil until onions are translucent and carrots are soft. Add the cabbage, stir until soft.

Add the sautéed vegetables into the simmering soup. Add the diced cooked meat.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Garnished with parsley. Serve with sour cream on the side.

Enjoy your meal !!! 🙂

Here’s how I do it;

In a large soup pot, place the pork ribs and water. Bring it to a boil, skimming off the foam on the surface of the boiling soup stock.

Cover crack open and transfer on medium heat, simmer until pork ribs are tender. About 2 hours. Remove the cooked pork ribs and place it in a bowl to cool down. Discard the bones and chop the cooked meat into small dice. Set aside.

Shchi Russian Traditional Cabbage Soup

Add the potatoes and bay leaf into the simmering soup stock.

In a frying pan, sauté the onions and carrots in cooking oil until onions are translucent and carrots are soft. Add the cabbage, stir until soft.

Add the sautéed vegetables into the simmering soup. Add the diced cooked meat.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Shchi Russian Traditional Cabbage Soup

Garnished with parsley. Serve with sour cream on the side.

Enjoy your meal !!! 🙂


Thanks a lot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe encourage you to try cooking some Shchi soup.


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