This is a hearty borscht that can be made either with or without meat. For the vegetarian version, use a veggie kielbase such as Tofurky (in place of the Polish sausage) and saute the pieces separately, then wait until the soup is cooked before adding the sauted pieces, i.e. just before garnishing and serving. This recipe is from the popular Warzawa Restaurant in Santa Monica, California. The chef-owner uses all fresh beets from the local farmers market. Note when using fresh beets the size available can vary, if the beets are large, one bunch should be enough.