Simple Russian Soup

This Simple Russian Soup recipe is classic comfort food. The soup is loaded with seasoned meat, potatoes, noodles and vegetables. The soup is so easy to prepare and is loved by kids and adults alike.

If you like traditional soup recipes, try our Russian Borscht Soup!

Simple Russian soup in a Dutch oven with a ladle, topped with fresh greens.

Russian soup-

This easy Russian soup recipe is amazing. Loaded with seasoned meat that is so flavorful and tender, potatoes and sauteed vegetables, the soup is such a treat. The added angel hair pasta gives it a texture you normally wouldn’t expect in soup and comfort food at its finest.

With the added pasta in the soup, you don’t want to freeze the soup.

Classic Russian soup in a ladle with potatoes, noodles and fresh chopped greens.

seasoned meat-

Have you ever seasoned meat for soups? If you haven’t, I promise you, once you give this recipe a try, you’ll never cook soup without seasoning the meat. Though the seasoning is super simple and consists of salt, pepper, garlic and a bay leaf, the texture and flavor it gives the meat is phenomenal. The seasoning penetrates deep into the meat resulting is the most tender meat and packed with so much flavor.

You want to give the meat at least 2 hours once the seasoning has been added but it can stay refrigerated up to 5 days. I always have seasoned meat in my refrigerator for soups.

NOTE: If you don’t like or don’t have Vegeta (which is best in this recipe), use whatever favorite soup seasoning you have. But, if you like to try different seasonings, Vegeta is a staple in just about every home.

TIP: If you want to make this soup quick and didn’t have time to season the meat, just skip that step. When adding the chicken to the water, season the water with the meat.

How to make this simple soup recipe with seasoned chicken, sauteed onions, and noodles.

how to make simple Russian soup-

This soup is so easy to make and though a little time consuming, totally worth every minute.

  • CHICKEN: Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Thinly slice the garlic cloves and break bay leaf into small pieces. In a bowl, combine the chicken, salt, pepper, bay leaf pieces, and garlic. Mix and keep covered and refrigerated until ready to use.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat for 10 minutes, removing any impurities that float to the top.
  • SAUTE VEGETABLES: Meanwhile, finely chop the onions. In a skillet, saute onions with oil and butter until onions are soft.
  • As the onions are sauteing, grate the carrots. Add to the onions and cook until onions are tender. Once sauteed, add to the soup pot.
  • POTATOES: Peel and cube the potatoes. Add to the pot and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • PASTA: Slice the red pepper and add the soup along with the pasta (don’t forget to break up the pasta into smaller pieces).
  • HERBS: Remove from heat and add desired herbs.
  • Enjoy, friends.

Chicken soup in a bowl with a red pepper and topped with fresh greens and pepper.

Enjoy this quick chicken potato and noodle soup recipe, especially during the cooler weather.

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5 from 2 votes

Simple Russian Soup

An easy and simple Russiam soup recipe loaded with seasoned chicken, potatoes, onions, carrots, peppers, noodles and seasonings. Pure comfort food in a bowl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: russian soup
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner



  • 3/4 lbs chicken, thighs or breast, cut into bite-zed pieces
  • 12 cups water (or water and chicken broth)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 5 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  • 6 oz angel hair pasta
  • 1 ½ tsp Vegeta (or favorite seasoning)
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

chicken seasoning:

  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf, broken into pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced


  • Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Slice the garlic. Break bay leaf into small pieces. Combine the chicken, salt, pepper, bay leaf pieces, and garlic. Mix everything. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to use.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a soft boil. Add the seasoned chicken and cook over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes, removing any impurities that rise to the top.
  • Finely chop the onions. In a skillet, over med/high heat, saute onions with butter and oil until onions are tender.
  • Shred the carrot and add to the onions, saute until carrots are tender, stirring frequently so the carrots don't burn. Once sauteed, at to the soup.
  • Meanwhile, peel and cube your potatoes. Add to the pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Slice red pepper into thin strands. Break the pasta into small pieces. Add the pepper, seasoning and broken pasta into the soup. Cook until pasta is tender.
  • Remove the soup from heat and add desired chopped herbs.
  • Enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Russian Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 651mg28%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1611IU32%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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Show 26 Comments
  • Amy 01/17/2020, 3:39 pm Link Reply

    This looks amazing and I love the idea of using angel hair pasta! Looks so yummy and perfect for the cold rainy weather we’ve been having. I wanted to let you know I featured this in my recent post:

    • Valentina's Corner 01/17/2020, 10:41 pm Link Reply

      Amy, thanks so much for the feature, so appreciated. I hope this soup will become a reader favorite.

  • Brittany 11/12/2019, 8:39 pm Link Reply

    This soup was wonderful! We couldn’t find Vegeta, so substituted Better Than Bouillon: Vegetable, and it was still good! We topped it with some dill and sour cream – it was delicious 😋 Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/12/2019, 8:51 pm Link Reply

      Better Than Bouillon is a perfect substitute, Brittany. This is like the perfect easy comfort food recipe for cooler weather.

  • Nurys 11/04/2019, 1:43 pm Link Reply

    I’m Cuban and I use Vegeta in all my meals, I find it on the ethnic aisle of the supermarkets, together with everything else from around the world. A Bosnian friend introduced me to it and I love it, it’s the best. I’ll be trying your recipe very soon, thank you

    • Valentina's Corner 11/04/2019, 4:36 pm Link Reply

      I’m so glad you were introduced to Vegeta, it truly is an amazing seasoning. This easy soup recipe is going to be a hit, it’s just wonderful.

  • Cheryl Walker 08/31/2019, 3:45 pm Link Reply

    I have never heard of Vegeta . In”Googled” it and came up with some cartoon character. What does it contain? I live in the USA. I really want to expand my cooking choices. Cooking the same thing over and over again isn’t fun for me or my sweetheart s.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/31/2019, 11:41 pm Link Reply

      Cheryl, it’s a MUST have seasoning in most Ukrainian/Russian kitchens. You can use it for just about anything. I have friends that even season their popcorn with it, that’s how versatile it is. If you click on the link, you can read the description of the seasoning. If you are looking to try a new seasoning, you won’t regret it. 🙂

  • Kate 03/20/2019, 4:17 am Link Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe, we loved it! First time trying something from your website. I’m happy to say I was pleased, will definitely be making this soup again.

    • Valentina's Corner 03/20/2019, 1:12 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Kate. I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup and welcome to our online home. 🙂 I hope you are able to find other recipes to enjoy.

  • Dona Hope East 10/20/2018, 9:48 am Link Reply

    Good Morning Valentina, I just found your site and can’t decide which recipe to try first. They all sound so yummy.
    I think I will start with your Simple Russian Soup. I’ve been making chicken soup most of my life, but never added
    potatoes before. I am anxious to try at least 2 of your amazing recipes within this next week. I am 75 and still cook
    and bake every day. I feed 100 homeless hungry people every week. I believe we all should use the skills God gave
    us. That’s why He gave them to us. I live next door to you in Indiana. I’m happy to meet another Midwest family.
    Dona Hope East

    • Valentina's Corner 10/20/2018, 10:54 am Link Reply

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comment, Dona. Huge WELCOME to our online home. We are so happy you found us. We have so many wonderful family recipes to try but this is a GREAT one to start with.
      I love your story about feeding the hungry! You are so special and dear in God’s eyes. What a walking example of Jesus, just wonderful. <3 May God reward you tenfold.

  • Dea 11/29/2017, 8:46 am Link Reply

    I’ve never heard of keeping seasoned meat in my refrigerator for soups and I am a cook, 80 yrs old and still baking and cooking. Please help me out as I am very interested and also how to season to do it.

    • admin 12/02/2017, 11:47 am Link Reply

      If you click on THIS link, there are directions how to do that. It’s the BEST.
      You’re are an inspiration to me. I hope I will still be in the kitchen baking at your age. 🙂

  • Margot 10/27/2017, 12:05 pm Link Reply

    Sounds amazing, perfect comfort food!
    If you get a chance we would love to see some of your traditional recipes in our Inheritance Recipes link-up.

    • admin 10/27/2017, 1:18 pm Link Reply

      Hi Margot. 🙂
      Yes, true comfort food. You are more than welcome to use our post with a link back. Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Diana 08/24/2017, 7:51 pm Link Reply

    I just stumbled on to this recipe and it looks delicious! I just had a question about your technique. You mentioned that you could either remove the garlic and bay leaves or rinse the chicken before putting it into the boiling water. What do you mean exactly, ‘gently rinsing the chicken’? Isn’t it already marinated/seasoned?

    • admin 08/25/2017, 1:11 pm Link Reply

      Hi Diana,
      Put everything into a colander and rinse with cold water. Just use the meat, the rest will rinse to bottom of the colander (discard leftovers). I hope you love this soup. It’s great and so easy. 🙂

  • Allie 03/10/2017, 1:50 am Link Reply

    Hello! I don’t have access to Vegeta or Mrs. Dash since I live overseas, so is there another few spices I could use to substitute? Also, which fresh herbs did you use for this? Thank you!

    • admin 03/10/2017, 1:44 pm Link Reply

      Hi Allie, Welcome to our Blog. You can use any of your favorite seasonings that you can on hand. Even only salt and pepper will work. You can use any herbs, dill, cilantro or parsley. Or even a combination of both. Hope you love the soup and visit again☺.

  • Tanya 05/29/2015, 11:07 am Link Reply

    I make my soup the same way!!! There is only one thing I do differently is Instead of red peppers, I add sauted mushrooms in butter. It like takes soup to a whole new level!!! This is the only way my 6-year old daughter will eat mushrooms. Thank you for sharing your kitchen awesomeness. Like Nadia mentioned, when you have time, please do more posts on raising kids. Thank you!!!!!

    • admin 06/04/2015, 9:58 am Link Reply

      Tanechka, Oh how yumm. I Absolutely LOVE mushrooms.. I will definitely give that a try.. :).. You’re so sweet Tanyush. I am working on a new post. They just take SOOO much longer because there is so much responsibility for each word. I think you will really enjoy it. I share something personal that I think will be a huge blessing to other mommies!!:^)

      • Tanya 06/08/2015, 12:47 pm Link

        Thank you Valenchka! I along with others really do appreciate your hard work. May God bless you with His richness and help you in this project.

      • admin 06/08/2015, 1:08 pm Link

        🙂 🙂

  • Nadia 05/28/2015, 4:04 pm Link Reply

    Just found your site recently and have to say I am so impressed. You have an amazing family and your love for God sets me on fire. I’m glad there is still people out there like you. Makes me want to jump with joy and keep living for God every day of my life. Thanks for being an example to all of us.
    Great job on photography. Beautiful pics.
    As far As recipes, I already tried making your rogaliki and they turned out absolutely delish. Can’t wait to make some of the ruleti. 😉 they look like total yumminess. Thank you, thank you!!!!
    And please post more on Godly living.

    • admin 05/29/2015, 5:24 pm Link Reply

      Nadechka, Welcome to our family’s Blog!!!
      You’re too too kind!!. I was blushing big time. My Lord, husband and children and my everything and I am so so so happy this is evident on our blog. My heart is a singin a sweet song!!!!
      Oh what a great recipe to start with!! The coffee rulet is baking now for my niece’s graduation tmrw, I love coffee so it’s such a treat!! :-).
      I have another family post coming up. Those take ten times as long cause my hubby & I really take time to pray about everything I type. God willing, end of next week..:):)

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