Ukrainian Borscht

"Authentic Ukrainian Borscht made with vegetables from your own garden or local market will be a family favourite even if you are not Ukrainian."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
20 cups




  • Grate the carrots, beets, celery and cabbage on a medium size grater. I use the attachment on my Kitchenaid as this reduces the chopping time tremendously.
  • Dice the onion, and together with the shredded cabbage, fry in a bit of oil until the onions are light in colour.
  • Add the beets to the water; bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 30 minutes. To keep the colour in your beets, add the tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables and once again, bring to a boil. Turn down your heat to simmer. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the fresh dill.
  • Add the tomato juice. I very often use tomato sauce but I have also used undiluted tomato soup at times.
  • Dissolve the corn starch in 1/4 cup of water and add this to the simmering borsch. It’ll thicken the soup.
  • Taste and adjust with salt & pepper. Lately I have been leaving out the salt as the tomato juice or sauce already contains a fair amount.
  • Just before serving, add a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!

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  1. Cassandra J.
    This is so close to my great great aunts recipe from home. The exception is that we dont use corn starch as we add 1 inch cubed potatoes in ours and the starch from those takes the place. Instead of water we boil a half rack or full rack or pork ribs in salted water and use the water from that. We then bbq's or bake the ribs for supper with the borscht. Otherwise this is the same :) so happy to have found measurements for others to follow as I learned by touch, feel and look!


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