Recipe by Lazarus
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.
Top Review by berry271
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?
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 3 cups chopped onions
- 1 1⁄2 cups shredded carrots
- 6 cups shredded beets
- 3 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes (I often use a hand mixer on a can of whole tomatoes)
- 9 cups beef broth
- 5 tablespoons white vinegar (add or subtract to taste)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried)
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.
- Add remaining ingredients to dutch oven, then add beef/onion mixture.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-60 minutes, until vegetables are tender.