Solyanka soup recipe

Solyanka is one of those dishes that tastes differently in every household and is near impossible to make incorrectly. You simply have to find your favorite recipe. This is a soup that doesn’t require specific measurements for each ingredient, so you can adjust these to your taste.

The basic and classic meat solyanka uses only mixed meats. However, in our household the favorite classic recipe contains different cured meats and vegetables.

So this is our solyanka recipe.

Solyanka ingredients

Here are the necessary ingredients for our delicious solyanka soup.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 5-7 black peppercorns
  • Beef broth
  • Few tablespoons tomato paste
  • 400g canned tomatoes
  • Black olives
  • Pickles (finely chopped)
  • Pickle marinade
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 carrots
  • A couple of potatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Salami
  • Smoked ham or sausage
  • Beef
  • Chicken meat (leftovers from making chicken broth)
  • A couple pieces of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

To serve:

  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Sour cream
solyanka recipe

The Solyanka recipe preparation

In a big pot melt the butter and on low heat fry the onion, bay leaves, black peppercorn and salt. Stir constantly.

Then add crushed garlic, chopped carrot, celery and sauté for 10 minutes. Then add chopped cabbage and sauté for few more minutes.

Add tomato paste, stir and sauté for few minutes. Add canned tomatoes, broth and sugar. Bring it to a boil.

Add salami, ham or sausage, cut beef, pickles with marinade, and chopped olives. Boil for 20-30min. Have a taste and add more salt, pepper or red wine vinegar if needed.

Serve with thinly sliced lemon, sour cream, few whole olives and greens.


Looking for more meal ideas? Try making your own pasta salad by using the ingredients you love.

For the Latvian version of this article, visit the article Soļankas recepte latviešu gaumē.

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