Cabbage soup, or kapusnyak is a traditional dish of Ukrainian cuisine, made of sauerkraut. Cabbage ingredients can vary by region. It can be vegetarian, or with meat, fish or mushrooms. But in any case, the dish has a special sour taste, typical of sauerkraut.
The components of cabbage soup also vary depending on the season. During Lent or Fast, the dish was prepared without meat, with the addition of vegetable oil. In winter and on holidays, the broth for cabbage soup is made of fatty parts of pork. In the early twentieth century, when tomatoes began to be actively cultivated, they were also added to the dish.