The pea soup is very popular in Russia. According to the Russian recipe, the pea soup is cooked with dried green peas and smoked meat, which gives it an intense spicy flavor. Unlike in other countries, the Russian pea soup is not pureed. The hearty pea soup is perfect on a cold winter day. To serve: Cut black bread into small slices, rub it with freshly squeezed garlic and roast in the oven or in a pan.
Rassolnik is a salty sour soup. In Russia cucumber brine was used as a base for various dishes already in the Middle Ages. The main difference between brine-based dishes is the amount and concentration of the brine. The most popular brine-based dishes are Solyanka and Rassolnik. Rassolnik is a mild soup. It can be made only of vegetables or with giblets (chicken liver, gizzard and heart) as well as with beef or veal innards. If you add meat, choose lean beef. The proper combination of herbs is very important for Rassolnik. Rassolnik shouldn’t taste too sour or salty. It is necessary to get the right proportion between neutral vegetables (carrots, beets, etc.) and salty ingredients (cucumber pickles and brine).
Solyanka (russ.: солянка) – a rich salty spicy stew – is one of the most popular dishes of the Russian cuisine. There are different kinds of Solyanka: with meat, sausages, fish or mushrooms. Most important ingredients are cucumber pickles or salted mushrooms. In Russian Solyanka means “salty”, derived from the word соль – [sol] (salt).