A standard Russian peasant dish handed down from my great-grandfather. Nothing fancy, but I haven't met anybody yet who doesn't like it. Great on chilly days. (Note: my family used to add a dab or two of butter to their plates, but that's optional.)
This is a thick, hearty, stew-like soup that is traditionally served with boiled potatoes; my mother's family came from Russia and always made this soup. It's great to put on the stove or in the crockpot in the late morning, do a big project in the meantime, and serve for supper.