Solianka or Russian Beef Soup

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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1 h 10 m servings 478 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 478 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 30.4 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.9g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 25.4 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 1375 mg
  • 55%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  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.


  1. 31 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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 no...

Most helpful critical review

Not tasty enough for me for all the unhealthy ingredients.

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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 no...

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 "S...

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 mushroo...

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). ...

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

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 r...

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!

i love this receipe,its my husbands favorite. im originally from Russia and finding this realy inspired me to cook more russian food.

excellent recipe, tasted just like when i was in Ukraine, very close

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