I’ve seen borsht made as a rich broth with chunks of beets and potatoes, and I’ve seen it creamy and smooth -served hot and cold.  Which ever way you do it, this recipe is easy and tasty!!  The two of us ate the whole pot!


What you need:

  • 3 large, fresh beets
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups russet potato, skinned and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper (I use white, but black will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar


  • ¼ cup sour cream mixed with
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley


How to Do it:

First, roast the beets.  20160123_132508_resized

Wash them and remove the greens (but don’t throw them away – you can sauté them and eat them like spinach!). 20160123_132700_resized

Drizzle 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over them and roast at 350 degrees for about 20 – 25 minutes, until they are fork tender.  Remove them from the oven and allow to cool completely.  You can remove the skin by running them under cold water and gently rubbing until it all comes off.  Any that won’t can be carefully removed with a knife.  Cut the beets into ½ inch cubes.  I like to cut them in the pan to make sure I can recover any juices that come out during the cutting.


Using a medium kettle or large saucepan, sauté the onions in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil until they are starting to soften.   Add the broth, potato, salt and pepper and simmer about 45 minutes to an hour, until the broth is bright red and the vegetables are tender.

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Add the pepper and the vinegar.

Serve hot or cold.  Often the cold borsht is pureed before chilling.  To do this, just put it in a blender and whirl!


Top with a dollop of the sour cream/horseradish mixture and sprinkle with parsley.


Serves 4



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5 Responses to Borsht

  1. Audrey says:

    Mmm. Once my beets are ready to be harvested this sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

  2. I’m a big fan of borsht, this looks so good, I like it both chunky and pureed, yum! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

  3. Amberjane says:

    Wow that looks so good to eat – Thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

  4. Radha says:

    Love this colorful and nutritious soup!

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