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Russian - Borscht Soup

50 mins
Serves Lots
Savoury pancakes

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This recipe is made by Viktoria Lencses – she got the recipe from https://natashaskitchen.com/cl...


For Borscht:

  • 3 medium beets peeled and grated
  • 4 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth + 6 cups water
  • 3 medium Yukon potatoes peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 carrots peeled and thinly sliced

For Zazharka (Mirepoix):

  • 2 celery sticks trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely chopped, optional
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 Tbs tomato sauce

Additional Flavorings:

  • 1 can white cannellini beans with their juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 Tbs vinegar or to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large garlic clove pressed
  • 3 Tbs chopped dill


  1. Peel, grate and/or slice all vegetables, keeping sliced potatoes in cold water until ready to use.
  2. Heat a large soup pot over medium/high heat and add olive oil. Add grated beets and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until beets are softened.
  3. Add broth and water. Add sliced potatoes and sliced carrots then cook for 10-15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, place a large skillet over medium/high heat and add oil. Add chopped onion, celery and bell pepper. Saute stirring occasionally until softened and lightly golden (7-8 minutes). Add tomato sauce and stir fry 30 seconds then transfer to the soup pot to continue cooking with the potatoes.
  5. When potatoes and carrots reach desired softness, add beans with their juice, bay leaves, vinegar, salt, black pepper, 1 pressed garlic clove, and chopped dill. Simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes and add more salt and vinegar to taste.