Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins

I have been looking for a wonderful borscht recipe and this one looks delightful! From Cooking Live.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the dried mushrooms in 1 cup hot water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain, reserving the liquid, and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  3. Strain all the soaking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve.
  4. Reserve the liquid (there should be 1 cup) and the mushrooms separately.
  5. In a tall narrow stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  6. Stir in the fresh mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.
  7. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes.
  8. Add the beets, carrots, parsnip, celery root, 8 cups water, and the mushroom soaking liquid.
  9. bring to a boil.
  10. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Stir in the potatoes, cabbage, garlic, and, if using, the beet greens.
  12. Dissolve the tomato paste in 1/2 cup of the liquid and stir back into soup.
  13. Return to a boil.
  14. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  15. Stir in the reconstituted mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender.
  16. Remove from the heat.
  17. Stir in the dill, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  18. Pass bowls of chopped dill and sour cream at the table and enjoy!
Most Helpful

This was a wonderful, wonderful borscht! I made it with a combination of red and golden beets. The combination of the root vegetables with the sweet and sour tomato broth seasoned with dill and garlic could not have been more delightful. I must admit I omitted the dried porcini mushrooms; also, I wasn't sure how much dill constituted a bunch, so I did that to my own taste. Since then I've been recommending this one, so hopefully it will be getting all the recognition it deserves.

echo echo April 23, 2006

Yum!!!! Though I like chicken in mine, the vegie way was very good. I used two big beets (about the size of a small honeydew each) Never too buch beet JMHO. it was also very close to the same way my Oksanka makes it. This christmas I will get to taste real Borsch as I am told, for I will be in Lutsk having Babuska Grabovets' Borsch. Then I guess I will be able to judge.

Aquadoc_68 December 13, 2004