Ukrainian Borscht


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An incredibly rich Ukrainian Borscht made with red beets, tomato, cabbage, and beans. Simple to make, healthy, and so comforting!! Served Polish way with sour cream, potatoes, eggs, and parsley. Extra tasty, extra beautiful!

Ukrainian borscht recipe

Today I am sharing the recipe for one of the most popular soups in Eastern and Central Europe – borscht! There are many, many different variations (depending on the country) and recipes (depending on the cook), but I think I like Ukrainian borscht the most. It’s rich, full of flavor, and so beautiful! Just look at this pink color! 😍

It may not be 100% authentic recipe, but this is how we make Ukrainian borscht in Poland. And speaking about Poland, chunky borscht is almost always served with cooked egg, sour cream, chopped fresh dill and/or parsley, and cooked mashed potatoes on the side. For me, all these toppings are an essential part of the borscht eating experience!

An incredibly rich Ukrainian Borscht made with red beets, tomato, cabbage, and beans. Simple to make, full of vegetables, and so comforting!! Served Polish way with sour cream, potatoes, eggs, and parsley. Extra tasty, extra beautiful!
An incredibly rich Ukrainian Borscht made with red beets, tomato, cabbage, and beans. Simple to make, full of vegetables, and so comforting!! Served Polish way with sour cream, potatoes, eggs, and parsley. Extra tasty, extra beautiful!

What you need for Ukrainian borscht

Hereโ€™s what you need for the Ukrainian borscht:

  • ย Red beets – the main ingredient of the soup responsible for this gorgeous pink color!
  • Shredded cabbage – just a bit.
  • Grated or chopped carrot and celery sticks.
  • Garlic and onion – basics.
  • Tomato paste/Tomato puree/Canned tomatoes/Chopped fresh tomatoes – anything tomatoey.
  • Beans – you can use dried beans that you’ll need to cook prior to making the soup or canned ones. Up to you! Green lentils work great too!
  • Beef broth – the beef broth is the best here, but you can also use chicken or vegetable one.
  • Herbs and spices – bay leaves, allspice berries, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, fresh parsley and/or dill.
  • Balsamic vinegar – or lemon juice.

And to serve:

  • Cooked mashed potatoes – or pan-fried/baked.
  • Cooked egg.
  • Sour cream or heavy cream.
  • Freshly chopped parsley and/or dill.

Phew! Quite a list! But honestly, it’s going to be the best beet soup you’ve ever tried!

An incredibly rich Ukrainian Borscht made with red beets, tomato, cabbage, and beans. Simple to make, full of vegetables, and so comforting!! Served Polish way with sour cream, potatoes, eggs, and parsley. Extra tasty, extra beautiful!
An incredibly rich Ukrainian Borscht made with red beets, tomato, cabbage, and beans. Simple to make, full of vegetables, and so comforting!! Served Polish way with sour cream, potatoes, eggs, and parsley. Extra tasty, extra beautiful!

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An incredibly rich Ukrainian Borscht made with red beets, tomato, cabbage, and beans. Simple to make, full of vegetables, and so comforting!! Served Polish way with sour cream, potatoes, eggs, and parsley. Extra tasty, extra beautiful!

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 mins

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Borscht
 4 Small beets
 1 Large carrot
 2 cups Shredded cabbage
 2 Celery sticks
 1 Onion
 2 Garlic cloves
 1 Can of white beans (drained)
 2 tbsp Tomato paste (or 1 large tomato chopped, or 1/3 cup of tomato puree)
 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice)
 2 l Beef broth
 3 Bay leaves
 4 Allspice berries
 1 tsp Smoked paprika
 1 tsp Sugar
 Salt and pepper to taste
 Fresh chopped parsley and/or dill (to taste)
 Cooking oil
To serve
 Cooked mashed potatoes
 Cooked egg
 Sour cream
 Fresh chopped parsley and/or dill (to taste)

1

Start with preparing all your veggies: finely chop the onion, mince garlic, chop celery sticks, grate or chop carrot, grate or chop beets.

2

Heat a large pot with a little bit of oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic, and cook until soft for around 3 minutes.

3

Add to the same pot chopped/grated carrot and chopped celery. Cook for 3 minutes more.

4

Add beets and shredded cabbage, all the spices, and hot beef broth. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for around 30minutes.

5

Then uncover, add beans, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, and sugar. Bring to boil again and cook for 5 minutes more. Taste and season accordingly.

6

Serve!

Ingredients

Borscht
 4 Small beets
 1 Large carrot
 2 cups Shredded cabbage
 2 Celery sticks
 1 Onion
 2 Garlic cloves
 1 Can of white beans (drained)
 2 tbsp Tomato paste (or 1 large tomato chopped, or 1/3 cup of tomato puree)
 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice)
 2 l Beef broth
 3 Bay leaves
 4 Allspice berries
 1 tsp Smoked paprika
 1 tsp Sugar
 Salt and pepper to taste
 Fresh chopped parsley and/or dill (to taste)
 Cooking oil
To serve
 Cooked mashed potatoes
 Cooked egg
 Sour cream
 Fresh chopped parsley and/or dill (to taste)

Directions

1

Start with preparing all your veggies: finely chop the onion, mince garlic, chop celery sticks, grate or chop carrot, grate or chop beets.

2

Heat a large pot with a little bit of oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic, and cook until soft for around 3 minutes.

3

Add to the same pot chopped/grated carrot and chopped celery. Cook for 3 minutes more.

4

Add beets and shredded cabbage, all the spices, and hot beef broth. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for around 30minutes.

5

Then uncover, add beans, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, and sugar. Bring to boil again and cook for 5 minutes more. Taste and season accordingly.

6

Serve!

Ukrainian Borscht

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6 Comments

  1. Marie 31 August 2019 at 12:26

    Always looking for great soup recipes and your borscht sounds delicious. I want to make this for my DIL who is Ukrainian and would appreciate my having made it from scratch. Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
    1. Ewa 7 September 2019 at 12:42

      Thanks Marie ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  2. Miz Helen 31 August 2019 at 17:41

    Borscht is one of my favorite’s and your recipe looks fantastic. I just pinned your recipe so I can try it later, hopefully very soon! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,447 this week. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    Reply
    1. Ewa 7 September 2019 at 12:42

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  3. Of Goats and Greens 2 September 2019 at 08:28

    Borscht is so good, and this recipe seems to up the mark on a truly good one. Thanks very much for sharing this with Fiesta Friday!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 7 September 2019 at 12:41

      It is great!

      Reply

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