Romanian beef soup is called “Ciorbă de Burtă”

One popular Romanian beef soup is called “Ciorbă de Burtă,” which translates to “Tripe Soup.” However, if you’re looking for a beef soup that doesn’t include tripe, a classic Romanian beef soup is “Ciorbă de Vacă,” which translates to “Beef Soup.” Here’s a simple recipe for Ciorbă de Vacă:


  • 500g beef stew meat, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 parsnip, diced (optional)
  • 1 celery stalk, diced (optional)
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley or dill for garnish
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
  2. Add the beef stew meat to the pot and brown on all sides, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the meat is browned, add enough water to cover the meat in the pot. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1-2 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  4. Once the meat is tender, add the diced carrots, potatoes, parsnip, celery (if using), bell pepper, and chopped tomatoes to the pot.
  5. Add the bay leaf to the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine.
  6. Continue to simmer the soup for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  8. Once the soup is done cooking, remove the bay leaf from the pot.
  9. Serve the Romanian beef soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley or dill. You can also serve it with a dollop of sour cream on top and lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the soup, if desired.

Enjoy your hearty and comforting Romanian beef soup!

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