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Cabbage stew a sweet and sour Russian soup with cabbage, sauerkraut, potatoes, carrots, parsnip, turnip, raisins and prunes

Cabbage Stew (Sweet and Sour Russian Soup)

A unique hearty soup, packed full of flavor. Joseph Saltzman's Shchi. Russian Cabbage Soup, a family friend inspired recipe
Course Soup/Stew
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 329kcal


  • 3 Tablesoon Butter
  • 1 large Onion diced
  • 1 large Carrot scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 large Parsnip scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 medium turnip scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 Quarts Chicken Broth
  • 1 1/2 Cups Green Cabbage cut into ribbons
  • 1 1/2 Cups sauerkraut well drained do not use canned, use bottled in the refrigerated section
  • 15 ounce Can Whole Tomatoes buzzed in a food processor, or mashed to chunks
  • 3 Cloves Garlic pressed
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 10 Pitted Prunes diced
  • 2 Tablespoon Honey or more to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 - 8 small Red-Skinned potatoes
  • Sour Cream for garnish


  • In a 10 inch skillet add the butter over medium heat. Add onion and sautee until soft, about 3 - 4 minutes. Add carrot, turnip and parsnip. Continue cooking until vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a large soup pot and add all remaining ingredients except potatoes and sour cream.
  • Bring to a boil, turn down heat to low and let simmer, covered, about 1 hour. Or until fruit has almost disintegrated into broth. Taste for seasoning and adjust. The soup should be decidedly sweet and sour. Adjust with honey and vinegar.
  • Towards end of simmering, boil potatoes until tender.
  • To serve, scoop a small amount of potatoes into soup bowl, ladle soup on top and add a dollop of sour cream. Serve with a chunk of crusty bread and you're good to go.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 1847mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1660IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg