This German soup with cabbage, potatoes, tomato, and dill may be made with either chicken or beef. Finished with dill, and great with a dollop of sour cream.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place chicken in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook approximately 30 minutes. Remove from water, cool, and shred into bite-size pieces. Discard skin and bones.

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  • In a large stock pot, heat 1 gallon of water with tomato soup and salt. Bring to a low boil. Place cabbage, potatoes, carrot, onion, chicken, and bay leaf in pot, and return to a simmer. Cook at a very low simmer until vegetables are tender, approximately 20 minutes. Add parsley and dill, taste and adjust seasoning with salt if needed, and serve.

Note

Ground beef or beef stew meat may be used in place of the chicken. If using ground beef, brown in a skillet over medium heat, then drain excess grease. If using stew meat, simmer meat until tender, approximately 2 hours, depending on the cut. As well, chicken poaching liquid or beef stewing liquid may be used in place of the water.

Nutrition Facts

308 calories; 23.5 g protein; 31.3 g carbohydrates; 59.8 mg cholesterol; 966.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2006
This was delicious! I sized the recipe down to serve 5 and added all the ingredients(except bay leaves didn't have any) into the crock-pot. Turned it up to high for about 4-5 hours. Instead of bone-in chicken pieces I used boneless chicken thighs and dried dill instead of fresh. My family ate with no complaints! We enjoyed the soup with some stoned wheat crackers. It makes great left overs the next day. Thank you Star20 for the great borsht. 5 stars...would make again!:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/26/2006
My family of four thought this was acceptable but not a do-again. I followed the recipe exactly but we just did not enjoy it that much. Sorry! Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2006
This was delicious! I sized the recipe down to serve 5 and added all the ingredients(except bay leaves didn't have any) into the crock-pot. Turned it up to high for about 4-5 hours. Instead of bone-in chicken pieces I used boneless chicken thighs and dried dill instead of fresh. My family ate with no complaints! We enjoyed the soup with some stoned wheat crackers. It makes great left overs the next day. Thank you Star20 for the great borsht. 5 stars...would make again!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2005
Wonderful hearty meal!!My german grandma made something similar but added crushed hard boiled eggs and stirred in the whole container of sour cream to the pot it has been a Christmas eve tradition for years and it freezes great too for later.Also taste good with turkey beef or pork!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/26/2006
My family of four thought this was acceptable but not a do-again. I followed the recipe exactly but we just did not enjoy it that much. Sorry! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2011
Very nice soup. Made vegetarian version with Morningstar "meat" crumbles. Halved recipe and substituted a can of diced tomatoes for the tomato soup. Added a few cloves of minced garlic and used dry instead of fresh dill. Resulted in a great soup that my wife and I both really enjoyed. Will definitely make again. 4.5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2006
I made this soup with vegetarian chicken patties instead of chicken and it was a big hit with my family. My daughter asked me to make this a lot more often! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2011
I really like this recipe. I used a large can of diced tomatoes instead of tomato soup- delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
This is just how I remember it. I make this soup in big batches and freeze it. It keeps really well. It's not for everyone in fact my fiance and father won't touch it but I think it's wonderful. I don't bother with the bay leaves maybe it would be better with them but I don't want to mess with a good thing. Anway thanks for posting it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2010
I enjoyed the recipe. I added some salsa to make it a little spicier. This is a keeper for our family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2009
pretty good for a base but next time i will use plain chicken broth and not fool around with the bones and skin etc. i will instead add seasoned ground turkey or chicken and of course add a ton of minced garlic. Read More
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