Simple Russian Soup

This simple soup recipe is one you want to try. Meat, potatoes, noodles, peppers, onions, carrots, and seasoning combined together. It’s easy, tasty, and the kids will like it too.

simple Russian soup recipe

I am sure most of you grew up with your mom telling you all the time the importance of eating soup. We grew up that way! We had soup couple times a week and definitely on Sundays (especially Borscht). I have brought this tradition into our home. There are so many reasons to enjoy soup; it’s easy to make, healthy and very affordable. My mom always seasoned her meat and honestly I cannot imagine soup with unseasoned meat. It gives the soup and meat SOO MUCH flavor. I also love the flavor the red pepper adds to the soup. My children don’t like the pepper so I cut it large so they don’t have to remove the peppers yet it still adds great flavor. I do like peppers so I just load up with the peppers in my bowl.

Seasoning the Meat!. I always like to have seasoned meat in the bottom drawer of my fridge. I keep it in a container and just keep refrigerated for soups, it stays great for days!. I season pork the same way if any of you prefer pork for your soups. I do this with borscht or any simple soup. Seasoned meat gives not only makes the chicken tender and adds flavor to the meat but also to the soup as a whole. If you haven’t done this in the past, I think you will LOVE this and never go back to unseasoned meat. I try to do it at least a day in advance or the morning of. Keep meat refrigerated until ready for use.

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*Note: If you don’t like or don’t have Vegeta, use your favorite seasonings like Mrs. Dash or Lawry’s Seasoning. Add to taste.

You might also enjoy the {Hearty Soup}  {Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup}  {Solyanka}

Ingredients:

¾ lbs chicken (thighs or breast)

Seasoning: ½ salt, ¼ pepper, 1 bay leaf, 2 garlic cloves

12 cups water

4-5 potatoes

1 Tbsp butter

1 small onion

1 large carrot

½ red pepper

½ cup broken pasta, (I use angel hair)

1 ½ tsp Vegeta *

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

Serves: 6-8

Directions:

Season the chicken. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Slice the garlic. Break bay leaf into small pieces. Combine the chicken, ½ salt, ¼ pepper, bay leaf pieces and garlic. Mix everything. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to use.

seasoning the meat

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the chicken. Cook on med/high heat for 15-20 minutes (depending on the sizes of your chicken), water should boil softly. Remove scum that floats to the top. I also like to remove the bay leaves pieces and garlic with a slotted spoon (or you can gently rinse the chicken before adding it to the soup).

Meanwhile, peel and cube your potatoes. Add to a bowl and cover with cold water, set aside.

boilinh the meat, and chopping potatos

Chop onions; add to large pan with butter. Cook about 3-5 minutes on med/high heat (or until onions become soft).

Shred carrot; add to onions and cook another 5-8 minute (or until carrots are soft). (If pan become too dry add a few Tbsp water from pot).

saute onions and carrots

Drain the potatoes and add to pot. Cook 10 minutes, boiling gently.

Slice red pepper (if you family will eat them you can cube them), add to pot. Break your pasta into smaller pieces, add to pot.

Add sautéed onions/carrots to pot. Add salt, pepper and Vegeta. Cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add desired chopped herbs. You can use any for this soup. Enjoy.

cutting onions, and adding them along wiht noodles in soup

Enjoy!!.

simple Russian soup recipe

Simple Russian Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Simple Russiam soup containing chicken, potatoes, onions, carrots, peppers, noodles and seasonings.

Course: Soup
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner
Ingredients
  • ¾ lbs chicken, thighs or breast
  • Seasoning: ½ salt, ¼ pepper, 1 bay leaf, 2 garlic cloves
  • 12 cups water
  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • ½ red pepper
  • ½ broken pasta ( I use angel hair)
  • 1 ½ tsp Vegeta *
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Slice the garlic. Break bay leaf into small pieces. Combine the chicken, ½ salt, ¼ pepper, bay leaf pieces and garlic. Mix everything. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to use.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the chicken. Cook on med/high heat for 15-20 minutes (depending on the sizes of your chicken), water should boil softly. Remove scum that floats to the top. I also like to remove the bay leaves pieces and garlic with a slotted spoon (or you can gently rinse the chicken before adding it to the soup).
  3. Meanwhile, peel and cube your potatoes. Add to a bowl and cover with cold water, set aside.
  4. Chop onions; add to large pan with butter. Cook about 3-5 minutes on med/high heat (or until onions become soft).
  5. Shred carrot; add to onions and cook another 5-8 minutes (or until carrots are soft). (If pan become too dry add a few Tbsp water from pot).
  6. Drain the potatoes and add to pot. Cook 10 minutes, boiling gently.
  7. Slice red pepper (if you family will eat them you can cube them).
  8. Break your pasta into smaller pieces, add to pot.
  9. Add sautéed onions/carrots to pot. Add salt, pepper and Vegeta. Cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add desired chopped herbs. You can use any for this soup. Enjoy.

 

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

    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

      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

    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

      Dea,
      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

    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

      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

    Hello!
    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?
    Thanks,
    Diana

    • admin 08/25/2017, 1:11 pm

      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

    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

      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

    Valechka,
    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

      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

        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

        🙂 🙂

  • Nadia 05/28/2015, 4:04 pm

    Valyusha!!
    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

      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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