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    Authentic Russian/Ukrainian Borscht

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    2 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    2 hrs

    AniSarit's Note:

    This is the real way to make Borscht. No canned veggies, no messing around. Just real hearty Borscht, the way my mother makes it. Good ingredients are key, especially the meat, which should be fresh and thick. Once you've had this Borscht, you will not be able to eat any other. For the non-kosher, try it au-natural, or with a nice spoonful of sour cream mixed in (please, not low fat, enjoy this!).

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    • 1 1/2-2 lbs beef, cubed (preferably with bones)
    • 4 large beets, peeled and eighthed (or 6 average beets, quartered)
    • 2 lemons
    • 1 small head of cabbage, shredded (the smallest you can find)
    • 2 large carrots, cut up as you like it (cubed, rounded, shredded, etc)
    • 14 ounces tomato sauce
    • 1 bunch dill, minced
    • 1/2 cup instant chicken-style consomme soup and seasoning mix (I like Osem)



    1. 1
      To a large pot (I use 8qts), add the meat and enough water to fill up the pot to halfway.
    2. 2
      Remove all froth that comes up from the meat.
    3. 3
      Continue to boil on med-high until no more froth comes up.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat to low and add consomme mix, whole onion, dill, beats, cabbage, and tomato sauce.
    5. 5
      Fill with water, cover partially with lid, and let cook for 90min.
    6. 6
      After that hour and a half of cooking, make sure meat is soft - then add the carrots, and squeeze all the juice you can possible juice from the lemons into the soup.
    7. 7
      You can add the rice and/or potatoes at this point, if you like.
    8. 8
      Cook, partially covered, for another 30-45 minutes, until making sure the potatoes and carrots are tender, and the rice (if you put any in) is ready.
    9. 9
      The soup is great on day 1, but tastes much better on days 2-3.
    10. 10
      Enjoy the soup while it's very hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 13, 2012


      This recipe is nothing short of a symphony in a pot. WoW!
      I had this kind of Borscht in the Village/Manhattan and was unable to duplicate it.
      THIS IS IT!
      The only change I would make is to brown the beef first. The chemical reaction makes
      the beef more flavorful.
      I literally, drank a cup of the broth. Sheer heaven. I was concerned about the two lemons and bunch of dill. Worried for nothing. The flavors meshed exquisitely.
      To make it more of a meal, on the third day, I added freshly cooked rice.
      My daughter is already asking me to make another batch.
      Bravo to you, AniSarit.
      This recipe is a keeper, for sure. Thank you very much :)

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    • on November 11, 2007


      This sounded like the perfect thing to make for a cool fall weekend, especially since I've had a head cold all week. It's simple enough to make, even with peeling those messy beets! This was delicious, and it's helping me get back to health. I used about 2 lbs chuck, and one marrow bone, which gave the borscht a lovely depth. I'm going to have another bowl right now, because my mouth is watering just writing about it. thanks Sarit! Kirby

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    • on June 26, 2012


      I loved this recipe so much, I registered with simply so I could write a review and say thanks, Ani Sarit! I didn't have beef on hand so used a couple of cups of chicken broth for flavor (but after tasting the finished product I don't know that I would have missed it,) and left out the potatoes. Mmmmmm. So easy, so healthy!

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Russian/Ukrainian Borscht

    Serving Size: 1 (184 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 543.8
    Calories from Fat 437
    Total Fat 48.5 g
    Saturated Fat 20.1 g
    Cholesterol 67.4 mg
    Sodium 268.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
    Sugars 6.9 g
    Protein 8.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    instant chicken-style consomme soup and seasoning mix

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