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    Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup (Rassolnik)

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    1 hr

    10 mins

    50 mins

    JackieOhNo!'s Note:

    Rassolnik is a strange and classic soup made with barley, beef, pow-taters, carrots, and… pickles? You mean cucumbers, right? Nope, pickles as in dill pickles in a jar. That’s right! It’s hearty and the beef is tender and satisfying. It’s strangely good with the pickles. Did you know Rassolnik has existed for more than 500 years? This pickle soup is definitely a comfort food to many Russians.

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    1. 1
      In a large pot, partially cover with lid and cook 12 cups water, beef and barley with 1/2 Tbsp salt (30 min). Skim off any impurities that rise to the top to keep your soup clear.
    2. 2
      Sautee pickles with 1 Tbsp oil for a few minutes on medium/high heat. Add pickles, potatoes and sliced carrots to the pot and cook for an additional 10 min while making your Mirepoix “zazharka” in step.
    3. 3
      Mirepoix/Zazharka: Add 3 Tbsp olive oil to a large skillet and sauté onion (2 min), then add grated carrot and sliced celery and continue to saute until carrots are soft (5 min). Stir 1 Tbsp tomato paste or ketchup into the pan and add this mixture to the soup pot.
    4. 4
      Toss in 2 bay leaves, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 Tbsp dill and more salt to taste. Continue to simmer for another 2 minutes or until your potatoes are fully cooked and can be easily pieced with a fork.
    5. 5
      Some people eat it with a dollop of sour cream,.

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    Nutritional Facts for Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup (Rassolnik)

    Serving Size: 1 (397 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 176.5
    Calories from Fat 81
    Total Fat 9.0 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 26.4 mg
    Sodium 639.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 9.3 g

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