Shchi – Russian Sauerkraut Soup

Here’s another Russian recipe for you foodies. Here is Olga’s recipe for this very traditional Russian soup (pronounced ‘shee’)–


• Beef – 1 pound (or as much as you want)

• Potatoes – 3-4 medium potatoes (or as much as you want)

• Carrots – 1 or 2

• Onion – 1 small

• Sauerkraut – 1 pound (or as much as you want)

• Bay leaf

• Parsley

• Pepper

• Celery powder (spice) – a touch

• Barley (optional) – ½cup

• Oat Meal – ½ cup

• Salt


1. Rinse meat and put in pot in COLD water

2. Skim off the foam as it rises, before boiling is reached

3. Once the water is boiling – add onion, one or two whole carrots, bay leaf, spices, barley

4. Cook for 1.5 hours, at low boil

5. Add potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes

6. Cook for another 15 minutes (or until potatoes are almost done, don’t overcook)

7. Add oatmeal and sauerkraut

8. Cook for another 5 – 10 minutes

9. Add spices for flavoring


Remove meat, cut it into pieces and add to soup, or keep for another dish

you can mash the potatoes once the soup is done.


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