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Russian Borscht Soup

With beets, carrots, cabbage and tomatoes, this recipe is great for gardeners like myself. Not only is it delicious, its bright crimson color is eye-catching on the table.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 2 cups chopped fresh beets
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sour cream, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the beets, carrots, onion and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and cabbage; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Stir in salt, dill and pepper. Top each serving with sour cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 71 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Mia
    Dec 11, 2017

    My book club read a Russian theme book so what else but to serve a Russian luncheon to the 12 ladies. The Russian Borscht Soup was a huge hit as a starter so much so I was requested to send out the recipe!

  • dianeInFv
    Oct 30, 2017

    My family is from St. Petersburg Russia. This is a good basic recipe for Borscht soup. I like adding beef, like stew beef, when I make it, and let it simmer until it's fork tender. Back in the day, not everyone could afford beef in Russia so this was typical. Try it... it's easy and so good!

    Mar 4, 2014

    I tried this borscht recipe and think it's ok.  I just posted a recipe for borscht on my website ( and it?s amazing how different the prep can be. I think everybody?s borcht recipe is different. In fact, my borscht from week to week might even taste different! Borscht just has that reputation. Cheers from a true Russian.

  • kalisditz
    Oct 24, 2011


  • dockgirl
    Sep 21, 2011

    Absolutely love this recipe! Will definately make it again

  • cookergrrl
    Jan 12, 2011

    Very Very Good as close to moms as i've been able to find. tasty, freezes great and wonderful on a winters night.