Monday, March 28, 2011

Russian cabbage soup - Shchi

We (russians) usually make this soup when we are hangover :-) But! it's also a very good, easy and healthy recipe. It helps to lose weight and to cleanse your body.

So, super-easy!
You will need -
1 small cabbage head
2 carrots
2 stalks celery
1 onion
2 small potatoes
1 bell pepper
3 tbl spoons tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
salt, pepper

What you do is chop everything, preheat a big pan, add olive oil, sauté onion, then add cabbage and after 5-8 minutes add all the other ingredients, remove heat, add tomato paste, stir, cover the pan and let it marry together.
In the big pod pour 5 cups of water (you can use vegetable broth) and add all the vegetables form the pan, salt, pepper to taste. Cover and let it boil for 15-20 minutes (or until the potatoes are soft). DONE!

There is a non-vegetarian recipe of this soup.
You gonna need beef (cut in pieces) and use beef broth instead of water. The steps are the same, but don't forget to fry (just for 1-2 minutes) your beef pieces.

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