Ukrainian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Ukrainian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

17 Reviews 2 Pics
Recipe by  MARBALET

“This cabbage soup is sweet with the taste of apples and a little sour from the addition of vinegar. A garnish of sour cream and chopped apple is beautiful and delicious.”

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Original recipe yields 7 servings



  1. In a large saucepan, saute the apple and onion in the butter until tender. Stir in the cabbage and saute for 5 more minutes.
  2. Pour in stock and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, and raisins. Simmer, uncovered, for an hour. Stir in apple butter.

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My Uncle remembered a cabbage soup his immigrant mother made as a child. All he told me was it had rasins and prunes and short ribs in it. I used Holly's rescipe as a base, and I boiled 1 pound of short ribs in 2 quarts water to make the stock, leaving the meat in the pot. I also added 1/3 cup prunes and 2 heaping tablespoons of freash grated ginger to the pot about 30 minutes before serving. Rave reviews from my uncle and my husband! Thanks!



I've made this soup twice now with great results. Served with fresh-baked bread (try the "Honey Wheat II" recipe on this site) and sour cream, it's a big hit for cold nights. My Ukrainian-born husband raves about it and loves the sweet-sour zing. He's a little picky and usually turns his nose up at my attempts at Ukrainian fare, but this was a winner!



I love this delicious soup; I put in 1/4C vinegar (instead of 1/2C) and use golden raisins. Sometimes I put in a slightly spicey sausage, sliced chunks: I boil sausage pieces in soup for a few minutes at the end before serving. Lovely next day...seems that flavors blend more after reheating. Don't skip the celery seed...adds to the unique flavor!

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Amount Per Serving (7 total)

  • Calories
  • 154 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs
  • 26.8 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 254 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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