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Russian Borscht Soup

A Russian classic Borscht soup, made so easy and delicious using my Mom's recipe.
Author Diana
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 6 cups (1.5 liter) vegetable stock or water
  • 2 and ½ (600g) potato diced
  • 4 cups (500g) cabbage shredded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (150g) onion diced
  • 2 cups (250g) carrot grated
  • 4 cups (600g) beets grated
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt add more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar


  • In a large pot, add water and boil the potatoes for 5 minutes then add the cabbage and bay leaves. Cook until the potatoes and cabbage are tender but not overcooked.
  • In a pan, heat oil and saute the onion with grated carrot and beets. Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat then add a little bit of water and cover with a lid. Cook until the beet is tender.
  • Add half of the sauteed onion, carrot, and beet to the potato and cabbage.
  • Season with salt, and add sugar and white vinegar. Give it a quick mix and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the rest of the onion, carrot, and beet mixture to the soup. Remove from heat, and add crushed garlic. Cover with a lid and let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with crusty bread, and a dollop of Smetana, sour cream, or Greek yogurt.



  • Depending on the consistency that you're after, you may want to add more liquid as the soup might be too thick for you.
  • Adjust seasoning to your preference. I usually add 1 extra teaspoon of salt, but it depends on how much liquid you add to the soup.
  • Only add garlic after removing the soup from heat.
  • Serve with crusty bread or bread. And top with a dollop of sour cream/smetana/Greek yogurt. It also goes well with some dill pickles on the side.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3593IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg