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Ukrainian Borscht

Ukrainian Borscht

(Красный Борщ)

  • Soup

This is a vegetarian/vegan bowl of borscht soup is so good, leave out the beef chunks and really let those beets come to life!

  • 1 hour
  • Serves 6
  • Medium



This Ruby Red Borscht soup is one of my favorite things to make going into the colder months. 

Ruby Red Ukrainian Borscht (Красный Борщ)

The bright red beets carry so many health benefits, it’s no wonder I feel so great after eating this. 

Traditionally borscht is made with beef stock and chunks of beef, however you can omit that if you’re looking for a vegetarian/vegan version.

Which really highlight the beets and cabbage more than anything, and is just as good. If you want to keep this a purely vegetarian/vegan soup then chose a vegetable stock too, over beef stock as well. 


This recipe will make a fairly large pot of soup, so if you have any any leftovers “which is highly unlikely” then yes you can freeze it for another time. Think meal prep, make a big pot and store it away in the freezer for some healthy grab and go lunches!


Up to 5 days, the longer it is stored the deeper the flavors that will develop. However if you add meat to your soup, you will want to eat it up in 2 days.


Some people think Borscht soup originated in Russia, however it’s actually from the Ukraine. When searching the web and cook books, you will find there are several ways to make borscht. I prefer it just like this, with my vegetables chopped up very finely as opposed to the chunky versions, after all this is a soup not a stew.

ukraine borscht

To do this you will want a food processor, which will saves you a ton of time otherwise you can use a grater to get the job done. Sunflower oil is traditionally used also, so if you have some on hand I recommend using it.

I hope you like this recipe for authentic borscht soup, it’s my favorite way to make it.  

Ruby Red Ukrainian Borscht (Красный Борщ)

Also you can save yourself allot of time and hassle by letting your food processor chop up your beets and cabbage. Also this will gives the soup a great consistency, leaving it very creamy vs chunky.


Borscht can be made several different ways, so it all comes down to personal preferences. But one thing is for certain, you want to use beets. Fresh is always best, however pre frozen can work too. 

Example: Borscht Soup can be made vegetarian or not. Also it can have cabbage, carrots, red beans and potatoes in it or not.

  • Can be made with large SLICES OF BEETS, see recipe here > Creamy Beet Soup
  • Can also be made with sausage, chopped potatoes and kidney beans, see that recipe here > coming soon.
  • Can be made with Beef, see that recipe here > Beef Borscht

Welcome to borscht heaven!

Ruby Red Ukrainian Borscht (Красный Борщ)


Serve alongside some crusty bread and  a dollop of sour cream if  desired! Fresh dill also goes very well in the soup or on top of each bowl served. 

Come back Tucker, you don’t need to hunt today this recipe is vegetarian. 

Notes: Keep in mind, as with all my recipes. If you want to make more or less of this soup, simple adjust the serving size in the ingredients section above and the servings will automatically adjust for you.

Looking for an awesome Beef Borscht recipe? Check out my other recipe here for Beef Borscht

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  • 4 medium Beets
  • 10 cups Vegetable stock
  • 1 large Potato
  • 1/2 large head Green Cabbage
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 tsp Sunflower oil
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 medium diced tomato
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp White Sugar
  • 3 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Dill, Fresh
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream, Full fat
  • 1 loaf Crusty Bread


  1. Start by rinsing and possible scrubbing the beets to remove any dirt and set aside.
  2. Peel the carrots and half the cabbage and set aside.
  3. Slowly add your peeled carrots to the food processor, dice and set aside.
  4. Slowly peel the potato, cube and set aside.
  5. Slowly add the cabbage chunks to the food processor shred, and set aside.
  6. Peel each beet and then cut into fours and place 2 at a time in your food processor shred, and set aside,
  7. In a pot place the oil and cook the onion till translucent.
  8. Pour in the vegetable or beef stock and place the bay leaves.
  9. Add in the tiny cubed potato, tomato, tomato paste along with shredded beets, cabbage, carrots and sugar.
  10. Simmer for 10 minutes, adding in 1 tbsp of seasoning salt.
  11. Taste to see if more seasoning salt is needed, if so add 1 tsp at a time, then add in your pepper and balsamic vinegar.
  12. Add in your fresh dill and allow this all simmer to cooked, roughly 5 more minutes.
  13. Remove the bay leaf, and ladle the hot soup into bowls and serve with sour cream and some crusty bread. Enjoy!


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Every year we plant beets for this very reason. We love Borscht and prefer it just like this! No meat just beets, excellent!

The Ukrainians made borsch, and the Mennonites of the Ukraine borrowed the soup but substituted cabbage as the main ingredient rather than beets, and called it Borscht.

Delicious! I love the fact that this is a clean recipe that I did not feel guilty eating or feeding my family . I love BEETS and my husband really enjoyed it too. It was perfect to put in the crockpot before church and have it almost ready by the time we got back, just in time for lunch! Thank you

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