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    Mom's Borscht

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    1 hrs 30 mins

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    Lazarus's Note:

    This is a recipe my mother acquired from a friend long, long ago. Over the years, she altered the recipe, combining elements from various ethnic styles of borscht. I love this soup in the winter, as it's so hearty and comforting and simple to make. We always eat this as a meal, so 10-12 servings may be an underestimate. It makes a LOT! Also freezes well.

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    1. 1
      Brown ground beef in a medium frying pan or dutch oven. When beef is half-browned, add onions and cook until remainder of beef is browned.
    2. 2
      Add remaining ingredients to dutch oven, then add beef/onion mixture.
    3. 3
      Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-60 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 11, 2013


      Certainly not a borscht aficionada. In fact this is probably the first time I've ever REALLY made it. Do use a large pot. Next time I will have to use a stock pot as it didn't totally fit in my dutch oven. I browned the beef and onion and added all the veggies and only had room for 6 cups of stock. However hubby likes his soup not to be very "brothy" so maybe it's better this way. I found I had to add quite a bit of salt, but the broth I used was unsalted. I skipped the vinegar, as I didn't want the soup to have a pickled beet flavor. I like beets, but not tangy like that. It's simmering on the stove top now. I plan to serve it with dollops of mayo (no sour cream around) and crackers. I'll let you know how it turns out. 01/11/13 -Sorry it took me a while to get back, but we loved it. I just finished off the leftovers for lunch today, I liked it with the mayo and crackers, just crackers, and even just straight up. Thanks for the great recipe. We got about 6 main dish servings out of it, but mine was a little short on broth. Any suggestion on removing the beet stains from your hands, especially around the nails?

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    • on April 15, 2012


      Wonderful borscht recipe! Tastes like the one my dad used to make except for the meat. I've been looking for a good borscht recipe for ages but didn't find one with meat that seemed right. This hits the spot, will mak it again often! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Mom's Borscht

    Serving Size: 1 (467 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 227.9
    Calories from Fat 69
    Total Fat 7.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    Cholesterol 44.2 mg
    Sodium 950.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
    Sugars 13.8 g
    Protein 19.4 g

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