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    Kharcho (Georgian Beef-Walnut Soup with fresh herbs)

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    2 hrs 10 mins

    10 mins

    2 hrs

    DJ Park's Note:

    This truly outstanding soup can singlehandedly help you prepare for or recover from a blizzard, a grueling journey, any challenge you can imagine--it is that rich and robust. It has an unusual number of herbs and flavorings; these create an exotic but not offputting taste and texture. I recommend it highly. Serve hot as a meal to 6-8 people.

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    • 3/4 cup chopped fresh herb (, any mixture of tarragon, cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, or dill)


    1. 1
      Bring the meat, in one big piece, to a boil in the stock.
    2. 2
      Skim off the foam as necessary.
    3. 3
      Reduce heat and simmer, partly covered, for about 1½ hours.
    4. 4
      Remove and reserve the meat.
    5. 5
      When the meat has been cooking for an hour or so, melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat, and stir in the onions.
    6. 6
      Fry for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and colored.
    7. 7
      Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for about a minute.
    8. 8
      Add 1/2 cup stock and stir until smooth.
    9. 9
      Stir in the tomato paste and the tomatoes.
    10. 10
      Whisk in the rest of the stock, add the rice, and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.
    11. 11
      Add all the rest of the ingredients, except for the fresh herbs, and simmer them until the rice is tender--another 10 to 15 minutes.
    12. 12
      At this point, you can cut the meat into bite-sized pieces.
    13. 13
      When ready to serve, remove the soup from the heat, stir in the meat pieces and the 1/4 cup of fresh chopped herbs, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
    14. 14
      Stir in the remaining herbs and ladle into bowls.
    15. 15
      Serve with hearty bread and butter and a good Georgian red wine.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 22, 2013


      This is my favorite soup recipe. I've been making it for over 10 years! It's traditional, as I learned from my Russian foreign exchange student. I usually substitute the beef for lamb and I use chicken broth (since that's usually what I have on hand). It should be rich, tart and full of flavor.

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    • on May 27, 2013


      Delicious!! I made this twice already. 1st time was as is and it turned out great. 2nd time I tried with chicken for a low cal / lighter soup and omitted butter, flour and walnuts and added a bit of lemon juice. It was light and full of flavor . I will make again.

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    • on February 25, 2006


      Very authentic Georgian recipe the excellent taste a complete meal!! I add 26 oz can of tomatoes instead of 16

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    Nutritional Facts for Kharcho (Georgian Beef-Walnut Soup with fresh herbs)

    Serving Size: 1 (349 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 466.9
    Calories from Fat 286
    Total Fat 31.8 g
    Saturated Fat 13.2 g
    Cholesterol 91.2 mg
    Sodium 1217.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 5.2 g
    Protein 27.4 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    boneless lean beef

    fresh herbs

    fresh herbs

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