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Solyanka (Smoked Rib Soup)

A classic Ukrainian soup perfect with dark rye bread...or for breakfast as a hangover cure.
Course Soup
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword Solyanka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 3 liters water
  • 6 cubes Beef Bouillon
  • 100 grams Chopped Celery
  • 2 Medium Onions chopped
  • 300 grams Smoked Ribs
  • 2 Carrots Chopped
  • 1/2 kg Polish Sausage Chopped
  • 2 Large Dill Pickles Chopped
  • 8-10 Green Olives
  • 10 grams Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 50 ml Chili Oil regular oil is fine too
  • Sour Cream to taste
  • Dill to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Lemon


  • In a pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the chopped celery, bay leaves, and beef bouillon.
  • In a separate pan, add the oil and saute the onion, carrots, and diced Polish Sausage. When the onions are translucent toss everything into the boiling water including the delicious oil.
  • Add the Smoked Ribs, Chopped Pickles, Olives, and Smoked Paprika.
  • Let the pot simmer for 2 hours. Remove the bay leaves and put soup into a bowl. Top with a dollop of sour cream, a lemon wedge, and a sprinkle of chopped dill (optional).