Vegetarian Rassolnik (Russian Barley and Pickle Soup)


Rassolnik is my husband's favorite soup. It is usually prepared with meat but because almost everyone in my family is vegetarian, I make it with mushrooms instead.

russian-barley-and-pickle-soup in bowl with bread and orange napkin
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs
6 servings


  • cup pearl barley

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium onion, minced

  • 1 (12 ounce) package button mushrooms, chopped

  • 2 medium potatoes, diced

  • 1 carrot, diced

  • 2 large bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon dried dill

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 pickles, diced

  • ¼ cup sour cream, for topping


  1. Combine barley and plenty of cold water in a bowl and soak overnight. Drain.

  2. Fill a stockpot with 6 cups of water. Add drained barley and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook onion until browned, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and keep cooking until they start to release their liquid, 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

  4. After barley has been cooking for 30 minutes, add sauteed mushrooms, potatoes, carrot, bay leaves, dill, salt, and pepper. Cook for 10 more minutes. Add pickles and cook for 5 more minutes. If the water evaporates too much, you can add more.

Cook's Notes:

You can add 1 tablespoon of butter when cooking the barley to speed up cooking.

Pickles pickled in brine are best.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 642mg 14%

* 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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