I've taken a twist to the original Russian cabbage soup Known as Shchi and I used to ingredients I had in my fridge, it's spicy and delicious! You could make it as mild as you wanted and add your own favourite soup vegetables!


  • 1/4 of any cabbage you desire I used a green cabbage, sliced

  • 1 punnet and a a small handful of cherry tomatoes, halved (you could use diced canned tomatoes or whole fresh tomatoes diced, any tomatoes will do)

  • 8-10 baby Desiree potatoes (the ones with the red skin) just whole, don't peel, cut in to rough bit sized pieces

  • 1 teaspoon of butter or oil (if your pan is not non-stick)

  • 1-2 small onions, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons of oregano

  • 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1 continental stock pot (chicken or whatever flavour you like) it makes 2 litres of stock (it really does not matter what brand of stock you use, I'm just saying what I used)

  • (Optional) 2-3 teaspoons of fine chilli powder

  • (Optional) 1-2 tablespoons of sour cream or cottage cheese


  • 1.

    Firstly, put a pot on medium heat and dice your onion/s and garlic. If the pot is not non-stick add a teaspoon of butter or oil and add your onions and cook them until slightly translucent.

  • 2.

    Slice your cabbage and half your cherry tomatoes to add to the pot, I usually put a lid and walk away for 2-3 minutes and then come back to stir.

  • 3.

    At this point I add my mixed herbs and oregano and chilli if desired.

  • 4.

    Add your stock cube and then 2 cups of water, mix all the ingredients around.

  • 5.

    Cut your potatoes roughly to bit sized pieces and then add to the pot.

  • 6.

    I usually let simmer on a medium-low heat depending on your stove for about an hour (as long as the potatoes are cooked right through).

  • 7.

    Once cooked, plate up and add a tablespoon or 2 of either cottage cheese or sour cream (this is optional, it's great on it's own as well)

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 333kj
  • Fat Total 8g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Protein 16g
  • Carbohydrate 48g
  • Sugar 10g
  • Sodium 797mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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You could add mushrooms, carrot, celery, any root vegetable of your choice! The choice is yours and it's endless.... Also you can add shredded chicken or beef or lamb! This does not have to be a vegetarian dish :)

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