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Real Russian borscht from an author who lived in Russia to study Russian culture and language! Easy to follow instructions and simple ingredients.

Russian Borscht

Real Russian borscht from an author who lived in Russia to study Russian culture and language! Easy to follow instructions and simple ingredients.

Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 bowls
Calories 132 kcal
Author Katherine Arden

Ingredients

  • 2 medium beets peeled and grated
  • 1 lemon cut into thick slices
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cut in eighths
  • 1/2 cabbage chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced (or two medium onions)
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • vinegar optional
  • sour cream optional
  • fresh dill optional

Instructions

  1. Put the grated beets in a pot with enough water to barely cover, and add the thick lemon slices.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the beet is soft, about 20 minutes.

  2. Put the potatoes and cabbage together in a large stockpot with water.  Boil until nearly tender, about 30 minutes.

  3. In a frying pan with olive oil (or butter), fry the onions, garlic, and carrots until the onion is translucent. Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste, mix all together and cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes with bay leaves, salt and pepper.

  4. When the potatoes and cabbage are nearly done, add the mix in the frying pan to the water.  Remove the lemon from the beet mixture and bring all to a boil.  Let it simmer at least 30-45 mins, and then once it comes off the heat, it's better if it sits half an hour or so.

  5. Check the flavors. Add more salt or pepper to taste.  If too sweet, add in a dash of vinegar.  Remove the bay leaves and serve.  Top with sour cream and chopped fresh dill if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Russian Borscht
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 952mg41%
Potassium 756mg22%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3055IU61%
Vitamin C 48.1mg58%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.