Share it on your social network:

Or you can just copy and share this url
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!

  • 35
  • Serves 6
  • Medium



Indulge in the rich and hearty flavors of authentic Ukrainian Borscht. Allow those delicious red beets come to life! And learn the secrets to creating a bowl of soup that will transport you directly to the heart of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Borscht

Ukrainian Borscht soup can be also made with beef chunks if desired as well, You can find my recipe for Beef Borscht Soup here. 

Ukrainian Borscht soup is one of my favorite things to make going into the colder months. 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 chunks of beef, however you can omit that as I have in this recipe. I like this particular recipes because it REALLY highlight the beets and cabbage more than anything. 

I did make this soup with beef stock however as it does give a really nice broth however vegetable and chicken broth will work too. Whatever you have on hand!


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. 

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.


Check out my other recipes here for Beef BorschtCreamy Beet Soup.


my Air Fryer Beets & my oh so popular Beet Feta Salad

air fryer beets

I am so thrilled you are reading one of my recipes, if you made this, I want to see! Follow Canadian Cooking Adventures Instagram, snap a photo, and tag and hashtag it with @canadiancookingadventures and #canadiancookingadventures

Stay connected and follow along on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for all of my latest recipes!

Canadian cooking adventures

Ukrainian Borscht


Yield: 4
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

For the love of beets!


  • 4 medium Beets
  • 10 cups Beef 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 of red wine vinegar
  • 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 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 20 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!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 746Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 2752mgCarbohydrates: 133gFiber: 10gSugar: 27gProtein: 23g

These calculations are based off Nutritionix

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest


Hi, my name is Jacqueline. I'm so happy you have stopped by! Here on Canadian Cooking Adventures®, you will see that you don't have to be a Chef to make good food. With my easy step - by - step instructions, you too can master just about any dish. I hope you find your time here inspiring, educational and delicious!

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Chicken Fajita Tortilla Soup
Chicken Fajita Tortilla Soup (Slow Cooker)
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Chicken Fajita Tortilla Soup
Chicken Fajita Tortilla Soup (Slow Cooker)

4 Comments Hide Comments

Your instructions say to add balsamic vinegar but your recipe doesn’t mention it. How much do you use or is it a typo? Thank you

Hi Jacqueline, it’s great you promoting this lovely Ukrainian soup. There’s 2 points i feel you need to be made aware of. Firstly the Ukrainian word is борщ; б=b, о=o, р=r, щ=shch i.e. there’s no t in borshch. This bastardisation of the spelling is ridiculous. Secondly the country is called Ukraine and not The Ukraine just like there is no The Canada nor The France. The use of The in this context is often offends Ukrainian peoples around the world.

Hello Mishko, thank you for your comment. Being part Ukraine myself I did not know that! I will look into this as it is always great to learn new things.

Add Your Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe