Kharcho (Georgian Beef-Walnut Soup with fresh herbs)

"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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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Bring the meat, in one big piece, to a boil in the stock.
  • Skim off the foam as necessary.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, partly covered, for about 1½ hours.
  • Remove and reserve the meat.
  • 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.
  • Fry for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and colored.
  • Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for about a minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup stock and stir until smooth.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and the tomatoes.
  • Whisk in the rest of the stock, add the rice, and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • At this point, you can cut the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the remaining herbs and ladle into bowls.
  • Serve with hearty bread and butter and a good Georgian red wine.

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  1. Thank you! Please look at my attempt:
  2. This is the first Georgian recipe I have ever made and it certainly did not disappoint. Excellent flavor, easy to follow recipe. Looking forward to make more Georgian recipes if they match this one in taste.
  3. Really simple and tasty. I made it with lamb shoulder.
  4. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My boyfriend is of Azerbaijan background and finds this recipe authentic! I substituted with lamb and very much enjoyed adding the tamarind! Absolutely loved it.. needless to say I had all of 5 servings :)
  5. Amazing soup and great recipe!!! Easy and super yummy! Very authentic. I am Russian and my hubby is Australian (Croatian background) We LOVE IT! Great for freezer as well!


  1. 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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