Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 40 mins

This is best served with a dollop of sour cream and side of brown Russian bread, toasted.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large soup pot add beef, tomatoes, onion, bay leaf and garlic. Cover with cold water. Simmer, covered for 2 - 3 hours.
  2. Remove bay leaf and add cabbage, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Simmer 15 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Can substitute sour kraut for the plain cabbage. If so, discard this step.
  3. Just before serving add the fresh lemon juice.
Most Helpful

Pretty good, but kind of bland. Added more vinegar, sugar and some spices

Red Jenny January 27, 2013

Delightful and hearty soup (almost a stew). Loved the vinegar-lemon juice addition. I halved the recipe; used one can of beef broth, with 1 1/2 cups of water. Perfect with some Pumpernickel bread.

Caroline Cooks October 04, 2008