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What are some of the foods that come to mind if you had to name a few Ukrainian meals quickly? I bet Red Borscht Recipe would pop into your mind. That's because it's one of the top iconic foods of Eastern and Central Europe.
Red Borscht Recipe (Beet Soup)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

What are some of the foods that come to mind if you had to name a few Ukrainian meals quickly? I bet Red Borscht Recipe would pop into your mind. That's because it's one of the top iconic foods of Eastern and Central Europe.

Keyword: red beet soup recipe, Red Borscht Recipe (Beet Soup), red borscht soup, Ukrainian beet soup
Servings: 6 quats pot
Author: Valya's Taste of Home
Ingredients
Red Borscht Recipe (Beet Soup) Ingredients
  • 1 lb. – beef or beef stew
  • 3 large – red beets
  • 4 large – potatoes
  • 1 small – cabbage head
  • 2 tbsp. – olive oil
  • ½ cup – pizza sauce (I used homemade pizza sauce)
  • ¼ cup - ketchup
  • ½ cup – sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. – salt + 1 tsp. for the sautéed beets
  • ½ tsp. – garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. – Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. – black ground pepper
  • 2 - bay leave (optional)
  • ¼ cup - chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
Red Borscht (Beet Soup) Instructions
  1. First things first, I cook meat before adding to the borscht (this is my preference and you may skip this part if you wish to). Place meat into a small saucepan, add water and bring it to a boil. Right before the water boils remove all the foam. Reduce heat to medium and let it boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the stove and rinse it with water, then remove meat from water into a bowl and set aside until ready for use.
  2. Peel and rinse beets. Cut each red beet into 4 to 6 wedges depends on the size of the beet. Place it into a large 6-quart pot. Add cooked and rinsed meat. Add ¾ water to a pot. Bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low and boil/simmer for 30 minutes.
Vegetables and Seasoning Prepping Instructions
  1. While the beets are cooking you can prepare all the rest of the vegetables. Peel, and rinse potatoes (keep the potatoes in the water until ready to put into a pot; drain the water right before adding to the pot). Rinse and shred the cabbage. Rinse and slice the red bell pepper. Chop half of the onion and set all these aside until ready for use.
  2. Also, measure out seasoning and mix it together and set aside until ready for use (you may skip this step and add seasoning directly into frying beets).
  3. After the beets are done cooking remove them from a pot using a fork onto a large plate and let them cool before shredding.
  4. Add potatoes with water into the pot, bay leaves, and 1 tbsp. of salt. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to med/low and let it boil for 5-10 minutes. Then add shredded cabbage and let it lightly boil for another 10 minutes.
  5. While potatoes and cabbage are cooking shred cooked and cooled beets.
  6. Next, into a large skillet add olive oil and transfer grated beets. Then stir in pizza sauce (I used homemade pizza sauce), ketchup, and all the dry ingredients: salt, freshly ground black pepper, Mrs. Dash seasoning, and garlic powder. Sautee for a few minutes then mix in sour cream and sauté for additional couple of minutes.
How to Sautée Cooked Beets Instructions
  1. Transfer sautéed and seasoned beet mixture and chicken bouillon into simmering borscht. Stir everything well and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Finally, add the sliced red pepper and chopped fresh parsley and let simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Turn off the stove and let it sit on the top stove with lid covered for at least 1 hour before serving.
  3. Top with sour cream and fresh dill or parsley if you wish to and serve.