Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 3 hrs

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Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large soup pot cover the beef, tomatoes, onion, bay leaf and garlic with cold water.
  2. Let stand for 1 hour and simmer covered for 3 hours.
  3. Remove the bay leaf, add cabbage, sugar, onion, salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes more.
  5. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and offer Sour Cream at the table.
Most Helpful

I found this recipe all over the web, so it seems to be the standard. It's good in a basic way but the flavor needed a little enhancing. I tasted it towards the end and decided to add beef stock, more vinegar, more sugar, a little bit of tomato juice (V-8 actually) and a splash of beer I was drinking. That turned it in to a four-star recipe.

Literary Mom February 20, 2004

I have been to russia and they served something similar to this when I was at a small village's hospital- in the poorer regions of russia they do not put tomatoes or the meat in it.

Tracey Imper October 18, 2003

Tasty soup. I made this in the crockpot for the Soups On! challenge for the Culinary Quest 2014. I cooked this for 3 hours on low and then added the cabbage for about another hour. It came out quite well, but I forgot to reduce the amount of the water for the crockpot. I really enjoyed a dollop on top of this - it reminded me of the flavor of a cabbage roll. Thanks, Dib's, for sharing.

lazyme August 12, 2014