Shkembe (Tripe Soup)

The shkembe is a traditional Bulgarian soup made from tripe and it also doubles as a post-drinking snack to settle the stomach, and is a great hangover cure.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: tripe
Calories: 148kcal


  • cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion - chopped fine
  • 1 bell pepper - cut into thin-strips
  • ½ tsp marjoram, dried
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp parsley - chopped fine
  • 1 can can tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove - crushed
  • lb tripe, cooked
  • cup Kashkaval cheese - grated


  • Combine onion, red pepper, butter in large saucepan.
  • Sprinkle flour over onion mixture, then stir in the tomato paste.
  • Cut tripe into thin strips.
  • Add tripe pieces, stock, salt, marjoram and bay leaf to onion mixture.
  • Partially cover the pot and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Remove and discard bay leaf.
  • Pour soup into a tureen or serve in individual bowls.
  • In a small bowl, combine parsley, garlic and cheese - sprinkle over hot soup.
  • Serve immediately.

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