Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

    55 mins

    My friend's mother taught me this recipe for the classic beetroot soup. It's as authentic as it gets. It can be easily made vegetarian by omitting the mince. Serve garnished with sour cream and fresh parsley.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 454.4 g pork sausage
    • 3 medium beets, peeled and shredded
    • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
    • 639 g baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 15 ml vegetable oil
    • 110 g onion, chopped
    • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    • 180 ml water
    • 0.5 medium head cabbage, cored and shredded
    • 1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 g white sugar, or to taste
    • 115 g sour cream, for topping
    • 4 g chopped fresh parsley for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Crumble the mince into a pan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    2. Fill a large pot halfway with water (about 2 litres), and bring to a boil. Add the mince and cover the pot and return to a boil. Add the beetroot and cook until it has lost its colour. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook about 15 minutes or until tender. Add the cabbage and the diced tomatoes.
    3. Heat the oil in a frypan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft.. Stir in the tomato paste and water until well blended. Transfer the contents of the frypan to the pot. Add the garlic to the soup, cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with sour cream and fresh parsley.

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    I have used this recipe twice- excellent. Read carefully, I have been to 23 countries. This is how I modified: No meat-to greasy. No garlic- not needed. No sugar- use aged vinegar, nice and sweet. I also added one cube chicken bullion and one can of chicken stock, no fat. Also HALF the tomato paste. FRESH dill- lots. Cooked onions in grape seed oil, high burn rate. If you follow what I suggest, you will achieve culinary greatness and Ukrainian authenticity.  -  08 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good. I cook my beets with the skins on for about an hour in the water I will use for the soup. The skins slip right off after boiling and its easy to chop or slice them, besides it increases the nutritional value of the soup!  -  09 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My family and I lived in Russia for 3 1/2 years, and I have looked for a borscht recipe that was the same as we had there. This one was perfect! I've never had borscht with meat in it, so I made it vegetarian. This was the real thing - especially with the sourcream, or "smeatana" on top!  -  16 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)