Solianka (Russian Beef Soup)


This solianka recipe is a traditional Russian soup served as a meal by itself. Vodka is usually served with it. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and sour cream.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 ounces dried mushrooms

  • ¾ cup water

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, divided

  • 3 onions, chopped

  • 1 cup cooked diced veal

  • 1 cup diced ham

  • ¼ pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 2 quarts beef stock

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 10 black peppercorns

  • 12 marinated mushrooms

  • 2 dill pickles, diced

  • 2 tablespoons capers

  • 1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style whole peeled tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 12 kalamata olives

  • cup chopped fresh dill weed

  • ¼ cup dill pickle juice

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 cup sour cream, or as needed

  • 1 lemon, sliced


  1. Soak mushrooms in water in a small bowl until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain mushrooms, reserving soaking water.

  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onions, veal, ham, sausage, and rehydrated mushrooms in melted butter. Add stock and mushroom water; bring to a boil.

  3. Make a bouquet garni by tying bay leaves and peppercorns tightly in cheesecloth. Add bouquet garni, marinated mushrooms, pickles, and capers to soup. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in a skillet. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then add flour and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Stir 1 cup soup into the skillet, then pour mixture back into the soup pot.

  5. Add olives, dill, pickle juice, garlic, paprika, and marjoram. Season with salt and black pepper; simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Remove the pot from heat and discard bouquet garni. Adjust seasonings and garnish servings with dollops of sour cream and lemon slices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

478 Calories
30g Fat
27g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 478
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1374mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 43mg 217%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 1051mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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