Schi: Beefy Russian Cabbage Soup - Shchi Recipe

Shchi, a hearty Russian cabbage soup, serves up warming beef and veggies. This soup likes to sit and simmer on your stove for half a day, making it the perfect nourishing meal when cold weather sets in. It's super tender and rich. Also known as "Schi." 
Course Entree
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 373kcal
Author Stephanie Stiavetti



  • 2 whole beef shanks
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 whole celery stalks chopped
  • 1 1/2 whole onions chopped
  • 4 small turnips peeled and chopped
  • 5 whole carrots peeled and cut into 1/2-inch half-rounds
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • Two 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • One 15-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 head cabbage shredded
  • 6 medium potatoes quartered
  • Sour cream for topping


  • Preheat over to 400°F (204°C).
  • Season shanks with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then roast for 25 minutes in hot oven. Remove shanks from oven and allow to cool. Remove meat and chop coarsely, reserving bones.
  • To a large Dutch oven add meat, bones, water, celery, onions, turnips, carrots, lentils, bay leaves, tomato sauce, tomatoes, paprika, thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat to low and simmer gently, uncovered, for 3 hours.
  • Stir in cabbage and cook for another 30 minutes. Add potatoes, cover, and cook for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Serve is large bowls with a dollop of sour cream, alongside a hunk of crusty bread.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 968mg | Potassium: 2035mg | Fiber: 19g | Vitamin A: 9050IU | Vitamin C: 139.4mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 6.7mg