salty meaty soup
Salty meaty soup
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For the beef stock:
2-3 lbs Lean beef
1 Carrots
1 rib Celery
1 Onion
Dry spices
For Solyanka:
1 Onion large, diced into cubes
1 Carrots large, grated
1 bunch Parsley
1 can Diced tomatoes blended into puree
1 can Tomato juice
Smoked meats a selection of cured meats
4 Pickles in brine
¼ cup Brine reserved
Spices combined:
1 tsp Ground paprika
1 tsp Coriander
½ tsp Black pepper
couple shakes Cayenne pepper
10-15 Olives
Parsley fresh
To serve:
1 Lemon sliced
Sour cream to taste

Nutritional information

  • For the beef stock:

  • For Solyanka:

  • Spices combined:

  • To serve:



This Solyanka (Sour Soup with Mixed Meat) is a delicious thick spicy soup with origins in Russia and Ukraine. Solyanka comes from the Russian word for “salt” probably because of the addition of salty cured meats. For this solyanka recipe, you should use a selection of meats with a variety of textures and tastes. You could use bologna, smoked pork shoulder, smoked sausages or any of your favorite cured meats.

Start this Solyanka soup recipe by making beef stock. Sauté vegetables and add them to the broth with tomatoes, tomato juice and diced cured meats. Simmer and add olives and brine from pickles. Serve with fresh lemon and sour cream on top. This soup is a great hangover cure as it will replenish lost salts!  

To make this Solyanka, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Solyanka

Steps to make Solyanka


Make beef stock


Combine 2-3 pounds of lean meat, 1 carrot, 1 celery stock, 1 onion and dry spices to make the beef stock, as you would normally make a soup base.


Sauté vegetables


Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large saucepan. Add 1 diced onion and 1 carrot and sauté in the oil. Add 4 diced pickles and 1 can of pureed tomatoes.


Dice beef


Remove the beef from the stock and cut into cubes. Return the meat to the soup.


Add sauteed vegetables and tomato juice


Add the sauteed vegetables to the beef stock along with a can of tomato juice.


Add spices


Add the combined spices and ¼ cup brine.


Add smoked meat


Cut smoked meat and add to soup. Simmer the soup for 30 minutes.


Add olives and parsley


Add 10-15 olives to the soup and some freshly chopped parsley and simmer for 5 more minutes. Taste and add salt if needed.



Serve in large bowls with a slice of lemon and a dollop of sour cream on top.

This Solyanka is a deliciously salty meat soup. Try it out soon and come back to leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

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Total Reviews: 13

Love it

Robin Seasholtz

Simple meal to make but takes a long time to wait for so not good for a quick soup and bed.


Can't get enough of all this beautiful and tasty Russian soups, this and the Shchi have become my top two favorite appetizers.

Sailor Mahaffie

Thanks for sharing will be making this a lot more often it has a good taste :)

Pyper Albakri

Didn't add any parsley since the taste usually is overwhelming, other than that it was a brilliant soup to try.

Lillyanna Carawan

Loved this with some cheesy garlic bread on the side.

Estefania Possemato

Instead of beef I used pork because it's cheaper and I personally think it grips flavors a lot more than beef does.

Antonella Renstrom

Cool flavor and colors liked it a lot.

Maren Lepre

Solyanka is the best soup there is because you can add or subtract certain flavors, it's healthy and theres a bunch of meat for meatlovers like myself!! LOL.

Itzayana Xayasane

Wonderful slavic soup tasted amazing and pleased the whole table.


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Kamilah Dunwell

So much going on and kinda expensive to get everything but does have a great taste to it for sure.


Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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