Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup)

Russian Rassolnik, Beef and Veg Soup
Russian Rassolnik, Beef and Veg Soup
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12 cups Water
1 lb Lean beef cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup Pearl barley rinsed
½ tbsp Salt + more to taste
3 Potatoes medium, diced
1 Carrots thinly sliced into rings
6 baby Pickles about 1½ cups, diced
4 tbsp Olive oil
1 Carrots grated
1 Onion finely diced
2 sticks Celery finely sliced
1 tbsp Tomato paste or ketchup
2 tbsp Dill optional
2 Bay leaf
½ tsp Black pepper freshly ground
To serve:
Sour cream
extra Dill

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Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup)


Some evenings I don’t have the time to prepare long, thought out dinners and this Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup), a traditional Russian soup, originating almost over 500 years ago, is a wonderful and easy way to get in all your vegetables and nutrients. I begin in the afternoon by chopping a variety of vegetables then add them to a pot of pre-boiled barley and lean beef bites, and season everything with tomato paste, dill, bay leaves and freshly ground black pepper. Leave to boil until you’re ready to serve and enjoy with some sour cream and fresh dill on top. 

To make Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup), you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup)


Boil beef and barley


In a large pot, partially covered with a lid, lightly boil 1 lb of lean beef, cut into bite-sized pieces, ¼ cup of rinsed barley and ½ tablespoon of salt in 12 cups of water for about 30 minutes. Skim off any excess bits and pieces from the top to keep the broth clear.


Add potatoes and carrots


Add 3 diced, medium potatoes and 1 thinly sliced carrot to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes.


Sauté pickles


In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add 6 diced baby pickles. Sauté for a few minutes then add to the pot.


Sauté onions


In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add 1 finely diced onion. Sauté for about 2 minutes


Add carrot and celery


Add 1 grated carrot and 2 finely sliced celery sticks and saute for another 5 minutes until softened.


Add tomato paste


Add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste or ketchup and stir through the mixture then add to the large pot of soup.




Add 2 bay leaves, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, 2 tablespoons of dill and some salt to taste. Simmer for a final 2 minutes until the potatoes are fully cooked and soft.



Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkles of fresh dill.

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Total Reviews: 11
Raquel Strittmater

5 star meal for sure! this was extremely flavor, though not so cheap the taste is worth every penny :)

Jazlynn Mhoon

Not a huge fan of how this turned out just because there is too much of everything but i did enjoy the Solyanka a lot more.

Sky Grothaus

Obsessed with the flavors in this dish couldnt be happier honestly, will be trying out a lot more.

Angelique Lien

Maybe a little sour cause the pickles but good.

Arely Baab

Huge crowd pleaser my family ate this up instantly!

Coraline Allrich

Very filling despite it being only a soup, the beef soaked in most of the soup so it was a little bit too salty but still delicious and all the flavors are wonderful combined.

Lainey Masangcay

Sooo much going on in this Russian appetizer but really freaking delicious to say the least.

Kinslee Wallenberg

Great soup for a small family gathering thanks for sharing.

Madalynn Dreesen

What exactly is pearl barley?..

Livia Ambrosio

Lean beef is slightly expensive where I live so I replaced it with pork, was delicious.


Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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