Russian cabbage soup “Shchi”

Russian cabbage soup “Shchi”

This soup can be a true lifesaver. A large pot full of Shchi can be easily frozen in portions - so a homemade meal is prepared in a few minutes when needed.


  • 700 g of pork
  • 500 g of sauerkraut
  • 2 big potatoes
  • 1 medium carrot
  • Salt and spices to taste


This soup has passed the test of time with flying colors. Most dishes from the Middle Ages are hardly suitable for today's palates. Not so shchi. The soup has conquered all of Eastern Europe as early as the 9th century. At that time, this region just got to know the cabbage that came from Byzantium. Shchi quickly became a staple food. The soup owes this to the fact that it was easy to prepare while traveling. Pre-cooked ingredients were taken and then added into the soup.

Like all recipes, so did Shchi change a lot in the course of time. Flour is no longer used for thickening today. New spices such as black pepper and bay leaves enrich the flavor profile. Potatoes found their way into the soup after Christopher Columbus's discovery of America.

Russian cabbage soup “Shchi” detailed photo recipe

80 минут

1. Place meat into water and cook for 40 minutes until you have a meaty broth.

2. Cut potatoes into thick slices.

3. Cut carrot into thin slices.

4. Add carrot to the broth.

5. Add sauerkraut.

6. The potatoes follow next.

7. Season with salt. Cook for another 30 minutes.

8. Serve with fresh herbs, sour cream and bread.

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