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Classic Borscht Recipe in a pot

Classic Borscht Recipe

This classic borscht recipe is just the way my Ukrainian grandma and mother made it. Easy to make, flavorful and filling, this soup will have you hooked at first slurp. 
Course Soup
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 251kcal


  • 1 lb bone-in beef
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 large beet grated or sliced thinly
  • 1/2 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots grated
  • 16 oz canned kidney beans rinse them trough and let them drain
  • 3 medium potatoes sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 head of medium cabbage thinly chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1/4 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup


  • Cut beef into 2-inch pieces and let it simmer for about 20 minutes with 4 quarts of water.
    meat in a pot with borscht
  • Sautée carrots, onions and beets with 4 tablespoons cooking oil. Sautée until vegetables are soft (7-10 minutes). Add to the beef broth. Drain and rinse beans and add them to the pot. Cook for 20 minutes.
    Beets, carrots and onions cooking on a skillet
  • Add sauteed veggies to the beef broth. Drain and rinse beans and add them to the pot as well. Cook for 15 minutes.
    Beans getting added to Classic Borscht
  • Add sliced potatoes to the cooking ingredients and simmer for another 15 minutes.
    Potatoes added to a pot with borscht
  • After the potatoes are almost done cooking add sliced cabbage to the pot. Add ground pepper, salt to taste, vinegar and ketchup. Let the borscht simmer for 10 more minutes.
    cabbage in a pot with soup
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream or real mayo. This is optional, most people like sour cream, I don't.
    Classic Borscht Recipe in a pot


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2595IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg