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Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This makes a wonderfully healthy, hearty borscht adapted from a recipe at Mothering.com. The original recipe calls for simmering for 2 hours, but we've found that this isn't sufficient for tenderizing even quality stew meat, so I've upped the cooking time to a total of 4 hours. I would add one tablespoon of honey first, taste, and only add more if needed. Don't forget the sour cream!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Into 4 quarts of water add stew meat, onions, celery, sliced beets, cabbage, bay leaf, and salt.
  2. Simmer for 3.5 hours.
  3. After simmering add grated beets (optional), tomato paste, vinegar and honey.
  4. Simmer for another 20 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve each bowl with a dollop of sour cream.