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Solianka or Russian Beef Soup Recipe

Solianka or Russian Beef Soup

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"This is a traditional Russian soup that is served as a meal by itself. Vodka is usually served with it. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and sour cream."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Soak mushrooms in 3/4 cup water until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Melt half the butter and saute the onions, meats, and rehydrated mushrooms. Add the stock and liquid from the mushrooms and bring to a boil. Make a bouquet garni by tying the bay leaves and peppercorns tightly in cheesecloth. Lower the heat and add the bouquet garni, pickles, capers, and marinated mushrooms. Simmer 10-15 minutes.
  3. Melt remaining butter in a skillet and cook the tomatoes and tomato paste for a few minutes, then add the flour and saute for another few minutes. Add a cup of the soup to the skillet and stir in well, then return pan ingredients to the soup pot.
  4. Add the olives, dill, marjoram, garlic, pickle juice, and paprika. Adjust soup's seasoning with salt and pepper; simmer another 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from heat and remove bouquet garni. Adjust seasonings and serve with sour cream and lemon.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 14, 2003

This recipe was very authentic and very close to what we were used to eating when we lived in Russia. My kids who were born in Russia and grew up eating Russian foods love this, but it might not go over so well with American kids. We love this, and I make it with all kinds of cooked meat in the traditional Russian fashion, in Russia Solianka is the "clean out your fridge" soup.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 07, 2013

Not tasty enough for me for all the unhealthy ingredients.


31 Ratings

Dec 28, 2009

I didn't even read the directions, I just checked out the ingredients. They are too many!=)) But, I don't think they'd bother. Why you called Solianka "Beef Soup"?=) It's not! I would call it "Smoked Meat Sour Soup"! That would be the rightest name!=)) Anyway, sounds good! This is one of my favorite soups in my country (Russia). The original way is: stock based on a pickles brine, there are ham, sausages, bacon, kelbasa, some beef, lemons, olives (black and green), tomato pure, onions, celery.....what else?.........parsley, cilantro......oooohhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! pickles, diced..capers??? you can add but the original recipe comes with pickles, so...thanks! I rated this recipe with "five stars"!!!!

Dec 14, 2003

This soup was really good! I served it at a dinner party with a Russian theme and it was a big hit. It makes a very hearty main course. The only recommendation I have is to rehydrate the mushrooms and let the sand settle. Also, you may want to double the recipe and freeze some for future meals!!!

Jan 27, 2010

I signed up just so I could review this recipe. I made the soup yesterday and my husband said it's the best I've ever made! I used half the amount of butter and tomatoes (personal preference). I will be making this soup quite often, thank you for sharing!

Dec 15, 2003

This recipe is an excellent one. Sour, salty, and savoury.

Feb 03, 2011

I was a little aprehensive about the ingredients, but as it cooked it smelled amazing. I did have to substitute alternate items for the veal (thin sliced beef) and marinated mushrooms (regular raw mushrooms) and used dried dill weed instead of fresh because I couldn't find it. This was for a dinner party and everyone loved it. I got multiple comments on how tasty it was. I served it with Russian black bread and a basic side salad and it was perfect. Everyone should try this. It does indicate that it feeds 6, but I could easily have fed 12 people with the soup, salad and bread. Everyone should try this because the flavor is not what you would expect given the ingredients.

Mar 22, 2006

I was intrigued by this list of ingredients, and made the recipe exactly as written. It was sublime! I dream about this soup! Thanks, Karena!


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  • Calories
  • 478 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.9 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 30.4 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 25.4 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 1375 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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