Russian borscht soup recipe


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Сook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Calories: 220 kcal
Servings: 10
  • 1 lb beef meat on bones
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 12 cups water
  • 3 medium beets, quartered
  • 3 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 head of medium cabbage, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar or 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp granulated suga
  • Sour cream, to serve
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We present a traditional recipe of russian borscht - soup with meat and vegetables. In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other slavic countries this soup is served regularly.

Traditional russian borscht has its own recipe and consists of: white cabbage, beets, potato, onion, carrot and meat. Of course, every national cuisine has its own recipe with additional ingredients: mushrooms, sweet pepper, beans.

Which meat can we choose for borscht

There are some variants in kinds of meat. One prefers to cook it with beef, the other with chicken or rabbit. Once I tasted borscht with pork - it was also delicious. As we know, the classic variant is a borscht with bones of beef or pork - they should be with meat.

Some tips how to cook russian borscht soup

Canned beats is it ok?

If you have no fresh beets you may use canned - it is not a problem, of course. In some way it is not correct if we are speaking about  authentic russian borscht soup recipe. On the other hans we know that sometimes it is not so easy to find correct ingredients.


Cooking Russian borscht step by step:

  1. Wash your meat with bones (or without) and put it in a pot, add water and wait until it starts boiling (you may use prepared frozen soup stock - just mix it with water and boil).

Russian borscht recipe cooking

2.Keep your meat boiling 2-3 hours, deleting scum and fat that rises to the top (if you use precooked soup stock just boil it up).

3. Prepare vegetables - add sliced cabbage and potato. Potato should be diced. Boil for 20-25 minutes.

chopping potato for borscht 

4. Prepare carrot and onion - clean them and cut or grate.

5. Add to a skillet 2 Tbsp butter and saute your onion 3 minutes on medium heat, add your carrot and a little bit of oil, cook about 5-6 minutes adding oil if necessary.

saute carrot and onion for borsht

6. Add cooked vegetables to your soup.

7. Take beets and grate them and put to the skillet - do not forget to add lemon juice or vinegar - 1Tbsp to beet-roots while cooking them - it gives a deep red colour and 1 TBsp of sugar.

adding beats to borsht

8. Chop fresh tomatoes and add them to the skillet with beets, add one bailer of soup stock, turn heat down to low and cook for about 5 minutes.

adding tomatoes to borsht

9. Add your vegetables to the pot, add salt, pepper, bay leaves.

adding vegetables to borsht

10. Serve your borscht with sour cream.

borsht serving



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Average rating: (5)
  1. Vicki Tickky
    Vicki Tickky
    03 february 2021, 09:44
    Delicious soup! Especially pleasant to eat with bacon and black bread, horseradish.
    1. Derek
      05 january 2021, 10:22
      Did it. No beans, just a couple of small tomatoes — good.
      1. John
        04 january 2021, 10:25
        The best soup of all time. I like to add kidney beans and taste with bread.
        1. Sarah R.
          Sarah R.
          30 december 2020, 11:09
          Wonderful and tasty! Eat it with salo at my frinde from Vinitsa.
          1. Max
            11 january 2021, 22:30
            Oh! You're drive me mad! Salo it's the best!

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