Shchi (Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup)

wholesome hearty soup
Wholesome hearty soup
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1½ oz (3 tbsp) Butter
1 large Onion chopped
1 large head Cabbage cut into shreds
1 large Carrots peeled and coarsely grated
1 rib Celery chopped
1 Bay leaf
Black peppercorns to taste
8 cups Water or vegetable stock
2 large Potatoes russet potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 Tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
For garnish:
Fresh dill
Sour cream

Nutritional information

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Shchi (Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup)


This delicious Shchi is a Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup which not only tastes delicious, it is super healthy too. I know what you are thinking – how can she describe cabbage soup as delicious? It might not sound appetizing, but don’t knock it until you try it!

Start by sautéing onion in butter. Add shredded cabbage, carrots and celery and sauté before adding water or stock, potatoes and tomatoes. Simmer a while before tasting and adjusting the seasoning. Remove the bay leaves and peppercorns from the pot if you like (or leave the peppercorns in for occasional bursts of heat). Serve garnished with dill and sour cream. I usually add some rye bread on the side if I am serving this as a main evening meal.

To make this Shchi (Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup), you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Shchi (Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup)

Steps to make Shchi (Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup)


Heat oil


In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté 1 large chopped onion in 3 tablespoons of butter.


Add cabbage, carrot and celery


Add 1 head of shredded cabbage, a coarsely grated carrot and 1 rib of chopped celery and sauté with the onions for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.


Add bay leaf, pepper and water


Add 1 bay leaf, black peppercorns to taste and 8 cups water or vegetable stock to the sautéed veggies. Bring the mixture to a boil before reducing the heat and simmering with a lid on for 15 minutes.


Add potatoes


Add 2 chopped potatoes to the soup mixture and bring it back to the boil. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer, with the lid on for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender.


Stir in tomatoes


Add the 2 chopped fresh tomatoes and bring back to the boil. Reduce the heat again and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.


Remove whole spices


Remove the bay leaf and peppercorns from the saucepan.




Serve this delicious soup in large warm bowls, garnished with dill and sour cream. Add rye bread on the side, if you’re feeling hungry.

This Shchi (Traditional Russian Cabbage Soup) is a delicious healthy and wholesome soup which will make you feel fantastic. Try it out soon and please come back to leave a review with your thoughts.

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Total Reviews: 11
Deanna Octave

Fantastic appetizer which is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser!

Vivien Haman

Exactly what I was looking for!

Dalia Dailey

Can't get enough of this Shchi, going to be serving this for a whole week haha.

Marlie Vandeloo

I prefered the Rassolnik, beef brought a lot more taste to it and this was very bland.

Katerina Vandenlangenber

Anazubgky tasty and super healthy too just make sure not to add too much salt because it will ruin the natural flavor of things.

Joelle Zanis

Tasty and simple soup and normally I hate cabbage but all the flavours blend good together and its very healthy too.

Seraphina Skowronski

This was really good it has a lot going on but the flavors are strong which make it worth all the hard work.

Mercy Abramson

My husband nearly choked up crying when I made him this (his mother was russian) she passed about three years ago and since then he hasn't been home but this soup reminded him of her <3 thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with me and my family.

Bryleigh Luchansky

Loved this a bunch just poured some in a cup and sipped it lol.

Cecily Arita

Easy to make and delicious best soup i've made on my own in years.


I love this recipe! It's so simple, but delicious!

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