Borscht Recipe with Meat

Finally, a borscht recipe with meat! I’m a borsch lover. To prove it, here’s my first borscht, my second borscht (an easier/quicker version of the first one), my superfood borscht and now this beef borscht for those of you who love a good piece of tender meat in your spoon :).

Borscht is originally Ukrainian but it is made by most Slavic people and is a very common food in Russia. If you didn’t make it to the Olympics in Sochi this year, you’ll still get a taste of Russia when you try this borscht. It will also help you to loosen up those tense shoulders as you watch the Olympics (it makes me so anxious to watch! You?). By the way, Borscht, Borsch, Borshch… potatoes, patawtos). πŸ˜‰

Ingredients for Borscht with Meat:

(This list looks lengthy but the ingredients are simple)Β 
1 lb Beef: sirloin, stew meat, or whatever kind of beef you like, really (bone-in or boneless *see note)
14 cups cold water
1 Tbsp salt + more to taste
2 large or 3 medium beets, washed, peeled and grated
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp tomato sauce, or paste (or 3 Tbsp ketchup)
1 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 carrots, grated
2 large or 3 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces
1/2 head of small cabbage, sliced
2 tomatoes, peeled and diced (**see note)
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley + more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, pressed

Garnish: Sour cream and fresh sprigs of parsley or dill.

Meat Borsch

How To Make Borscht with Meat:

1. Wash meat in cold water, cut into 1″ pieces and and place in a large soup pot with 14 cups cold water and 1 Tbsp salt. Bring it to a boil and remove the foam crud as soon as it boils (if you wait, it will be hard to get rid of the crud as it integrates into the broth and you’d have to strain it).

Lower the heat, partially cover and cook at a low boil 45 minutes – 1 hr, periodically skimming off any crud that rises to the top. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the crud. Maybe we’re better off??

2. Grate beets on the large grater holes (the food processor works amazingly well). Place them in a large heavy-bottom skillet with 4 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp vinegar and saute for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to med/low and add 1 Tbsp sugar and 2 Tbsp tomato sauce Mix thoroughly and saute until starting to soften, stirring occasionally (about 10 min). Remove from pan and set aside.

3. In the same skillet (no need to wash it), Saute onion in 1 Tbsp butter for 2 min. Add grated carrot and sautee another 5 min or until softened, adding more oil if it seems too dry.

4. Once the meat has been cooking at least 45 min, place sliced potatoes intoΒ the soup pot andΒ cook 10 min, then add cabbage, sauteed beets, onion & carrot, and chopped tomatoes. Cook another 10 minutes or until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.

5. Add 2 bay leaves, 1/4 tsp pepper, and more salt to taste (I added another 1/2 tsp salt).

Meat Borsch-12

6. Chop parsley and pressed garlic then stir them into the soup pot, immediately cover and remove from heat. Let the pot rest covered for 20 minutes for the flavors to meld.

Meat Borsch-13

Serve hot with fresh sprigs of parsley or dill and a dollop of sour cream if desired. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. πŸ™‚

A must try this Ukrainian borscht recipe with beef for those of you who love a good piece of tender meat in your spoon. Serve with dollop of sour cream.

NOTES:

*P.S. Pork can be used also. And if your meat has a bone in it, place it in the water whole. After it boils for 45 min to 1 hour, remove it from soup, cut away and discard the bone and cut meat into 1″ pieces).
**To peel whole tomatoes, blanch them in boiling hot water for 30-45 seconds, then transfer to cold water and the skin should peel right off.Β 

Borscht Recipe with Meat

4.91 from 87 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Borscht is originally Ukrainian but it is made by most Slavic people and is a very common food in Russia. P.S. The list of ingredients looks lengthy but they are simple. Serve hot with fresh sprigs of parsley or dill and a dollop of sour cream if desired.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $9-$12
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Beef: sirloin stew meat, or whatever kind of beef you like, really (bone-in or boneless *see note)
  • 14 cups cold water
  • 1 Tbsp salt + more to taste
  • 2 large or 3 medium beets washed, peeled and grated
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce or paste (or 3 Tbsp ketchup)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 head of small cabbage sliced
  • 2 to matoes peeled and diced (**see note)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley + more for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • Garnish: Sour cream and fresh sprigs of parsley or dill.

Instructions

  1. Wash meat in cold water, cut into 1" pieces and and place in a large soup pot with 14 cups cold water and 1 Tbsp salt. Bring it to a boil and remove the foam crud as soon as it boils (if you wait, it will be hard to get rid of the crud as it integrates into the broth and you'd have to strain it later). Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer 45 minutes - 1 hr, periodically skimming off any crud that rises to the top.
  2. Grate beets on the large grater holes (a food processor works amazingly well). Place them in a large heavy-bottom skillet with 4 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp vinegar and saute for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to med/low and add 1 Tbsp sugar and 2 Tbsp tomato sauce Mix thoroughly and saute until starting to soften, stirring occasionally (about 10 min). Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet (no need to wash it), Saute onion in 1 Tbsp butter for 2 min. Add grated carrot and sautee another 5 min or until softened, adding more oil if it seems too dry.
  4. Once the meat has been cooking at least 45 min, place sliced potatoes into
  5. the soup pot and cook 10 min, then add cabbage, sauteed beets, onion & carrot, and chopped tomatoes. Cook another 10 minutes or until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
  6. Add 2 bay leaves, 1/4 tsp pepper, and more salt to taste (I added another 1/2 tsp salt).
  7. Chop parsley and pressed garlic then stir them into the soup pot, immediately cover and remove from heat. Let the pot rest covered for 20 minutes for the flavors to meld.

Recipe Notes

*Pork can be used also. And if your meat has a bone in it, place it in the water whole. After it boils for 45 min to 1 hour, remove it from soup, cut away and discard the bone and cut meat into 1" pieces).
**To peel whole tomatoes, blanch them in boiling hot water for 30-45 seconds, then transfer to cold water and the skin should peel right off.

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  • Mary Gebhart
    October 15, 2018

    What a great meal on a cool fall evening! My Russian students taught me to make borscht a long time ago. They would be impressed! My husband was, for sure! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 16, 2018

      That’s so great! I’m so happy you found this recipe! Reply

  • Zhanna
    September 29, 2018

    How would you convert this recipe into an Instant Pot recipe? Please help….. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 29, 2018

      Hi Zhanna! That is a great question! Honestly, I have only made this on a stove top so I can’t really recommend a method of using the Instant pot for this. If you experiment I would love to know how you like it! Reply

  • Nicole
    September 24, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I would love to try this recipe using my Instant Pot / pressure cooker, is this possible? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2018

      Hi Nicole! That is a great question! Honestly, I have only made this on a stove top so I can’t really recommend a method of using the Instant pot for this. If you experiment I would love to know how you like it! Reply

  • Riepko
    September 23, 2018

    This recipe of borsch tasted lovely. The first time I tasted borsch was last year when I visited Russia. Actually I tried two different types of borsch, but none of them with meat.

    Next time I will try to prepare your recipe of borsch again, but then using pork instead of sirloin meat. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2018

      I look forward to hearing how you like our version! Reply

  • Polinovna
    September 17, 2018

    Your recipe make me to remember my student life at Russian Friendship dormitory in Moscow-Russia. My roommate Anuchko Tania cook borscht very delicious. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 18, 2018

      Borscht is a classic! I’m so happy you found our recipe! Thank you! Reply

  • Elizabeth Eastman
    August 28, 2018

    This is a family favourite! I started making this soup years ago, and recently we moved to a very Russian area and some people said that there was no way I had eaten “authentic” Borscht before. When I made this soup for them they were so shocked that a non-Russian could make Borscht so well. πŸ™‚ One person said it tasted just like their Grandma’s… πŸ™‚ Thanks for this recipe and for the so many others that really are “tried” and turn out, giving satisfaction to me as the cook and to the many guest who enjoy them around our table. It is nice to read a recipe and know that it will really work! Reply

    • Natasha
      August 28, 2018

      That is music to my ears! Thank you so much for sharing your story and amazing review! I’m so glad you all loved the borscht recipe! Reply

  • Reggy
    June 18, 2018

    Just made borscht for the first time with this recipe. It tasted really good, everyone who ate from it had 2 servings! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    It also took me exactly 2 hours to make πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Susan Goebel
    May 6, 2018

    We had this for dinner tonight. Alot of work, but well worth the effort. In the past, when I made borscht, it came out bitter and I had to dump in alot of sour cream to cover it. But, this recipe didn’t come out bitter – I liked it! I will make it again! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 7, 2018

      Hello Susan, I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Thierry
    April 26, 2018

    I love your culinary technical term “crud” for the solids and suds that boil up with the beef! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2018

      LOL, thanks! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Annika
    April 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha,

    How could I tweak this to make a slow-cooker version? I tried but was not so successful lol.

    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 18, 2018

      I honestly haven’t tried to make this in a slow cooker so I won’t be able to offer any advice. Maybe someone else has tried and can offer some input? Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚  Reply

  • Tim
    March 22, 2018

    Hi Natasha! My wife, Olena and I got married a little over a year ago, after she moved to the U.S. from Odessa. She has missed Ukrainian/Russian food very much! But thanks to your recipes I can still give her a taste of her homeland! This recipe for Borscht has been her favorite (like her mom used to make it). Do you have a recipe for Solyanka? Thanks!

    – Tim Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2018

      Hi Tim, I don’t have a recipe for solyanka yet but if I come up with something great, I will be sure to share it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Olga
    March 9, 2018

    I only make borsh by your recipie now. So delicious! Thank you!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe so much Olga! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Amber
    March 9, 2018

    This is a family favorite! I’ve made this recipe for the past few years and it never lasts long in the house! It tastes even better a few days later. The broth is my favorite. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2018

      My pleasure Amber! I’m glad to hear how much your family enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Helena
    March 9, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Love your recipe and, as you said, there are a lot of variations.
    I come from Poland and Barszcz is a staple diet. But I use sauerkraut instead of cabbage and, at the end of cooking, pour in zur or the brine from dill pickled cucumbers. Gives it a great tangy flavour. If you don’t have dill, just dry-fry then crush some caraway seeds and then put in towards end of cooking. Also finely dice some dill pickled cucumbers and add just before serving. A slightly different take. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2018

      Hello Helena! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your review and great suggestions with other readers! Reply

  • JoyceK
    February 27, 2018

    5-stars all the way!! This is so delicious!! One of the very best recipes I have ever found! No modifications needed! So nutritious too!! I use thick cut pork chops in mine. I make this borscht frequently. My house is always on the cooler side, and I leave the left-overs on the stove to cool overnight. The next day, I heat the soup again, eat and repeat! As long as one brings it to a boil, each day, it will not require refrigeration. If you keep your house on the warmer side, this method may not be for you, but I have very limited space in my refrigerator, and the leftovers the first day require a very big storage container. Thanks, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2018

      You’re welcome Joyce! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • DJ Surge
    January 29, 2018

    Great recipe. I have made this at least 10 times. Always comes out great. Reply

  • Violetta
    January 21, 2018

    Hello Natasha!
    I made borcht last night and finished towards the evening. it was too hot to refrigerate and I asked my husband to put it into the fridge later, and I fell asleep. Well he forgot! And we woke up in the morning with it on the stove all cooled down.. I reboiled it and put it in the fridge after… Do you think it’s still ok to eat? Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2018

      Hi Violetta, We do that all the time if we make a hot pot of soup in the evening, we let it cool on the stove and then refrigerate the next morning. It’s best if you can put it in a cold garage, but we have left it on the stove and it was still fine. I would personally refrigerate it in the morning and carry on πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Violetta
        January 22, 2018

        Ahh thank you so much, that makes me feel better πŸ™‚ ! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 22, 2018

          No problem! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Bridget
    January 14, 2018

    Hi Natasha! A friend turned me onto your page. Just in time! I’m planning to host a fancy dinner party for some friends will be visiting in March. And my theme this time will be green cuisine. I plan to make borscht and I found your wonderful recipe here, but wondered if it can be made ahead and refrigerated. Thanks for letting me know Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2018

      Hi Bridget, absolutely! It refrigerates really well and will taste just as good if not even better for a few days when reheated. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natalia
    January 8, 2018

    This tasted just like the one my Mom makes! Thank you thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Hi Natalia, I’m so happy to hear that!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Erika
    January 8, 2018

    I think the skeleton of this recipe is ok, but I’d recommend using about half the liquid (it comes out tasting very watered down) and using a 50/50 water/beef broth ratio instead of plain water. Also I cannot understand why there are no seasonings other than salt and pepper. Traditional Russian/eastern European recipes are enriched by the hefty use of caraway seed and dill (fresh or freeze-dried). I’d recommend using 3-4 teaspoons of both. Incorporate the caraway seed by adding it to the onion as you sautee. You can add the dill in the step when all the veggies go into the pot. Finally, a delicious add-on is to use the fresh greens of the beets, chopped and sauteed with the carrots. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Hi Erika, thank you for sharing your modifications – we love dill in our soups but haven’t tried caraway! Reply

  • Kristie
    January 6, 2018

    Awesome recipe!!! I made it with Golden Beets and it was delish. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2018

      I’m glad you love it Kristie! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Jessica
    December 20, 2017

    Thank you so much for the recipe! My fiancΓ©e’s mom is Ukrainian. Unfortunately she died when he was young, leaving him without much knowledge of the preparation of Ukrainian food. He always talks about how much he loved borscht growing up. We decided to make this today and it was delicious! This was my first time trying borscht and I loved it. He said it tastes almost identical to his mom’s. He was very happy with the recipe and your website. We will defiantly be making this and many more recipe of yours. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 21, 2017

      Hello Jessica! I’m happy to hear how much you both enjoy the recipe. I hope it brings your fiancΓ©es some comfort. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Gretchen O'Neill
    December 3, 2017

    Absolutely wonderful! My husband served a mission in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and had this all the time! I wanted to make something special for him, and we loved it! Thanks for sharing! ❀️ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2017

      My pleasure Gretchen! I’m happy to hear how much you both enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Rena
    November 19, 2017

    Natasha, this was beyond delicious! I am Russian and this is my first time making it and it’s better than my moms πŸ™ˆ The only things I did differently was pan fry the meat a little with a drizzle of olive oil and added the juice of half a lemon. I will make this again and again πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Awesome, I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Rena! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Natasha
    November 7, 2017

    This borscht is amazing! I am Russian, I’ve been cooking this type of soup forever. Your recipe is more labor intensive, but it’s worth the time! It elevates borscht to the next level, and now I have to cook it your way πŸ™‚ I made it multiple times. The kids also LOVE “the red soup”. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2017

      You’re welcome Natasha! I’m so glad to hear how much your and your family loves the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Sasha
    October 30, 2017

    This is my third time making this recipe and I have to say it just gets better every time!! Absolutely love it. My bf asked me to make borscht the β€œUkrainian” way and he was so pleased when he tried it! Thanks so much!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 30, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear you both enjoy the recipe so much! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Sasha! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Brian
    October 27, 2017

    Natasha, There is a Russian market in my neck of the woods. I have inquired with them about a good borsh recipe. They sent me to this site. I have always had an interest in ethnic food and with so many Russian/Ukrainian goods in that store it should be easy to experiment. Looking forward to this, B Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 27, 2017

      I’m glad you found my site! Please let me know what you think of the recipe Brian! Reply

  • Dalia Varghese
    October 17, 2017

    Dear Natasha,
    The borscht was fantastic!!God bless you and your family!!
    Dalia Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2017

      Hello Dalia! I’m glad you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • September 16, 2017

    I’ve been making your Borscht for a few years now and we really love it! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    This does freeze well! I make big batches in fall with veggies from farmers market, freeze in quart sized bags and like magic – we have soup all winter. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 17, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad to hear how much you love this recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review and tip with other readers! Reply

  • Jess
    August 30, 2017

    About 6 years a go, I went on holiday to Estonia and tried borscht (and fell in love) – I probably had it six more times whilst there.

    I’ve never had it since, and was craving beetroot – so made this.

    It is amazing, just as good as the ones I had in Estonia. I used a roasting joint I had in the freezer. Did the 2 hour cook and it turned out tender. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2017

      Awesome! I’m so glad to hear that Jess! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Amy
    August 29, 2017

    Delicious! First time making this great soup and it was a hit! The only thing I changed the second time around was adding a bit of beef bullion to the 14 cups of water for some extra flavor. Love every recipe so far and I can’t wait to try your other borscht recipes..x Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2017

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Amy! Thanks for following and sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Alena N
    August 27, 2017

    Hey Natasha,
    When you make this recipe does your meat turn out tender and falls apart? No matter how I do it and have done it with my mown recipe whenever I make beef it’s always kind of tough and chewy? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2017

      Hi Alena, you may just need to cook your cut of meat longer to get it more tender. My mom likes to cook hers sometimes for 2 hours + or until the meat is at desired doneness. If you use a bone-in piece of beef, its even better and you can cook it for 3 hours and you’ll get a rich amazing flavored broth for even better results. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Claire
    August 24, 2017

    Hi, Natasha…this recipe looks wonderful but I am wondering why you recommend washing the meat. I have always been told there is no need to wash meat and in fact doing so removes the flavor. Just curious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 24, 2017

      Hi Claire, I rinse it for borscht to remove some of the impurities, but you could just add it into the pot if you prefer since you are skimming off impurities at the top of the soup anyways. It would work either way. Reply

  • Sydney
    August 16, 2017

    Hi Natasha! I just wanted to thank you for this recipe and your website! I’m 21 and just beginning to cook, and I wanted to find recipes to reconnect with my roots. The borscht was delicious, and I am so excited to try out your other recipes πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 16, 2017

      Hello Sydney! I’m so glad you found my page! Thanks for following and sharing your great review! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Amy
    August 7, 2017

    Hello Natasha! I adore your site. I followed your borscht recipe but my meat was so tough, not tender. Do you have any advice?
    Thank you!
    AMW Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 8, 2017

      Hi Amy, with beef, depending on the cut (very lean cuts will be tougher), it helps to cook it longer. Reply

  • Dan
    August 1, 2017

    So I started growing beets in my garden some time ago but I never knew what to do with them until I stumbled across the idea of borscht. The first few recipes I tried were not that great but your recipe is the keeper I will keep coming back to. This was a delight and is perfect for cold days! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 1, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that Dan! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Becca
    July 20, 2017

    Does this freeze well? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 20, 2017

      Hi Becca, I think this would freeze well. Reply

  • Richard Bensen
    June 26, 2017

    When I was growing up my Polish mother and my Russian born father made borscht but I remember this tasty item had polish sausage included….is that a possibility?. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2017

      Hi Richard, it’s interesting how so many families each make their borscht a different way but it’s always delicious :). I haven’t tried it with Polish sausage but my goodness that does sound good and now you are giving me all kind of delicious ideas!! Reply

  • ChloΓ©
    June 15, 2017

    I’ve been using your recipe for years and must say it is probably my favorite soup. And I grew up in a French household, so we had good food! I tend to use apple cider vinegar in the recipe, but wonder if its health benefits get lost during cooking? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 16, 2017

      Hi Chloe, I don’t have an answer for whether or not the health benefits change with cooking but I do think that is a good healthier substitution and great idea! Reply

  • Kathy
    April 26, 2017

    Delicious! It made my mother-in-law happy Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 27, 2017

      Awesome Kathy! I’m glad to hear that πŸ˜€ Reply

  • Vika
    April 22, 2017

    Scored big time with family tonight with this recipe. My daughter is the borscht expert lol and said that she only likes gramas borscht . So I had her do a taste test and she said wow this is better then gramas!!!!!! Score score score. Thank you dear natashinka for making me look really good tonight:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 22, 2017

      Vika, your comment is music to my ears πŸ˜¬πŸ‘πŸΌ. Great job and thank you for sharing such a nice review! Reply

  • Pavlo
    April 9, 2017

    This is a very good borscht recipe imo, I liked the addition of meat. I followed this recipe yesterday – but added a small amount of vegetable stock powder at the end instead of adding more salt. It gave the borscht a very nice final taste.

    I should have made pampushki to accompany this but for some reason ended up making the ‘lyenivi golubtsi’. Also a great success. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 9, 2017

      Pavlo, thank you for such a nice review on the recipes! Reading your comment is making me hungry πŸ˜‹ Reply

  • Renee
    April 1, 2017

    Can the barszcz with meat be made a day in advance and then re-heated? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2017

      Hi Renee, absolutely!! that would work great. This reheats really really well. It tastes just as good refrigerated and reheated the following day and for several days actually! Reply

      • Renee
        April 3, 2017

        It was delicious! I got several comments. Even a Ukrainian complimented it. I will use this again for sure. Thank you! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 3, 2017

          My pleasure! I’m happy to hear that Renee! Reply

  • Renee
    March 30, 2017

    Can this be made ahead and re-heated? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2017

      Yes, absolutely! It refrigerates for several days and reheats really well. Reply

  • Bonnie
    March 29, 2017

    Just a tip on the “crud”: The vietnamese make a bone broth and they par-boil the bones for about 10 minutes to get the scum to float off. They rinse the bones in a strainer, rinse the pot clean and add bones, fresh water and the rest of the recipe to the pot to finish. I’ve always had clear broth from this method. I think it should work for the lean meat, but maybe lower the time to about 5-7 minutes of a hard boil??? Won’t loose flavor??? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2017

      Hi Bonnie, thanks for sharing that! I used a fairly lean cut of beef in this recipe and it worked fine :). I cooked the lean steak for close to an hour and by then it was tender enough to be pulled apart easily. Reply

  • Silan
    February 27, 2017

    My teenage son ate six bowls of this in one sitting! I’ve never seen him enjoy a meal so much. Thank you Natasha for this wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2017

      You’re welcome! Your review put a big smile on my face! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€ Reply

  • Kathy
    February 21, 2017

    Looks great! How would you suggest altering the recipe if I wanted to use small cubes of beets? Should I boil them then dice them up or put them in the water earlier? Thanks!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 22, 2017

      Hi Kathy, I think that would work fine and you can keep the recipe the same except cook the beets a little longer initially in the pan (maybe 8-10 minutes instead of 5 minutes). It depends on how large you’re dicing the beets so check the beets for doneness before turning off the soup pot. Enjoy! Reply

      • Kathy
        February 23, 2017

        I did as you said and it came out great! Thanks so much!! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 24, 2017

          Perfect! I’m happy to hear that Kathy! Reply

  • February 17, 2017

    I followed the recipe to a T and its very watery and not very flavorful. What could possibly have gone wrong. So disappointed!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2017

      Hi Carrie, I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve never had someone with that kind of result on this recipe. Did you go through the ingredients to make sure you didn’t miss anything? Did you make any substitutions? It’s really difficult to guess without being there but I’m always happy to help troubleshoot. Reply

      • Stefani L.
        July 18, 2017

        Hi Carrie I have made this before with the recipe to a T and have had the same results as you. I have noticed is that there was too much water to too little beets (the ones I purchased were small), but mainly I was grating my beets too small! If you make this recipe again, which I suggest, it’s great, is to try chopping the beets by hand or try using a mandolin. The best size for the beet pieces is the same size that come like in a can of beets (which also makes a great substitution for fresh beets). Reply

    • Jacob
      February 17, 2017

      In fairness, I made the recipe as directed the first time and it was wonderful. But for personal taste, I increase the meat by half, double the garlic and use three large (rather than three medium) beets. FWIW. Reply

  • Angela
    February 7, 2017

    Dear Natasha,
    so I literally never ever reviewed recipes or anything online. However, I made this borsh today… and my very picky 6year old and 2 year old both ate it!!! I’m so grateful that I found your site, and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2017

      You’re welcome Angela! Reviews like yours put a huge smile on my face!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Bob and Debbie
    January 29, 2017

    Just made your Borscht recipe. Awesome! We will definitely be making it again! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 29, 2017

      I’m glad to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing!! Reply

  • Alla Pasman
    January 19, 2017

    This was absolutely delicious. My hatband says its better than his moms recipe, which is a great compliment. I did omit chopped tomatoes and simmered the veggies a little longer in the broth. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2017

      What a great compliment! Thank you for sharing Alla πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Paul
    January 10, 2017

    Hi Natasha, Can you use Chicken or Turkey in Borsch? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 10, 2017

      Hi Paul, yes that would work fine. I think using bone in chicken thighs or drumsticks (preferably dark poultry meat), would infuse great flavor into the borscht with the long cooking time upfront. Reply

  • Byron Velichko
    January 6, 2017

    Can you use beef broth instead of water? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 6, 2017

      Hi Byron, that would be fine and even more flavorful just be aware of the salt content in your broth so you don’t over-salt the borscht πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Byron
        January 6, 2017

        Thank you very much for the info. I’m not sure which would taste best vegetable, beef or chicken stock Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 7, 2017

          I think any of them would taste great, but my preference would be chicken or beef. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Giselle
    January 4, 2017

    This is delicious, I’m eating it right now! Thank you for sharing, the recipe was easy to follow. Better than the borscht I grew up on, and that was pretty good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 5, 2017

      I am so glad you enjoyed it Giselle!! Reply

  • Anna
    November 28, 2016

    Great recipe! Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 28, 2016

      You’re so welcome! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Bruno
    November 8, 2016

    Great recipe,
    For the meat i used Irish stew meat.
    What kind of meat do you prefer yourself?

    Also thanks for the detailed recipe ^^ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 8, 2016

      Hi Bruno, I like stew meat and sirloin for this recipe. Either one works great. πŸ™‚ You’re so welcome! Reply

  • October 23, 2016

    Amazing flavor! Thank you for such a nourishing recipe to use with our grass fed beef! We made a triple batch and purΓ©ed some to freeze for a different consistency & palatability next time. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2016

      Carrie, I’m so glad to hear that you liked the recipe 😁. Thank you for such a nice review! Reply

  • Kati
    October 22, 2016

    Hi Natasha! It was my first time making your borsh it was delicious!!! You are one talented lady! Thank you so much for sharing with us your recipies! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Diana
    October 17, 2016

    It was my first time making borscht and it turned out fantastic! Many thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 17, 2016

      Diana, thank you for such a wonderful review and you are welcome πŸ˜€. Reply

  • MiMi McD
    September 26, 2016

    Turned out fantastic! Followed the ingredient list (used 1/2 red wine vinegar and 1/2 dill pickle juice) and didn’t follow measurements very closely, but the method was great! Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 26, 2016

      You are welcome and thank you for the nice review 😁. Reply

  • Marina
    September 25, 2016

    Hi Natasha!
    I have a quick question for you. Would it be bad to cook the meat the night before and finish it the next day?
    Thanks:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 25, 2016

      Hi Marina, you could do that if you wanted to make it ahead in a way πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Barbara
    September 23, 2016

    Hi Natasha …… Borscht on the menu for dinner tomorrow and I want to make your recipe as above but I see there is no liquid called for as there is in your other borscht recipe …… Is this an error? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 23, 2016

      Hi Barbara, step 1 has 14 cups of water but I added it to the list of ingredients to clarify πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Jeanene Headlee
    September 12, 2016

    This recipe involved a few firsts for me: Handling, tasting, and cooking raw beets, using dill weed.
    I used a crock pot, placed the mostly frozen skirt steak in the bottom, and add each ingredient as soon as it was prepared. It cooked overnight and came out stunningly deep purple pink red, and delicious. It tasted nothing like the terrible canned beets of my childhood. I served it to a group of eight. The vegetable hater in the group ate every bite in her generous bowl. Only one guest had previously eaten borscht (multiple times at an ethnic restaurant here in town) and declared it delicious and ate two bowlfuls. By the way, it was 103Β°F outside at the time! I wish I could post my image of the bowls, ready-to-serve. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 12, 2016

      I wish you could post it too! It sounds so delicious!! If you’re on facebook, I’d love for you to share your picture on my facebook page. Also thank you so much for sharing that it works well in a slow cooker. I’ve been curious how well that works! πŸ™‚ Can you share how long you cooked it? On low I imagine since it was overnight? Thanks again!! Reply

  • Svetlana
    August 28, 2016

    Natasha, I made this last night and could not stop eating it! Soooo Good! The taste of this borsh reminds me when my father used to make it! He put so much love in to it! He always added beans, so I had a can of Bush’s original beans. I drained about half a cup and added to my borsh! Yum! My husband loved it! The best borsh I have made so far! Thank you for the recepie!
    Svetlana M. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2016

      I’m so happy you both loved it!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your wonderful review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natasha
    July 13, 2016

    My mom always made borsh without meat because it always turned out great and she says that her borsh doesn’t turn out as tasty with meat so she left it out. But I want to learn to make it with meat because my husband was used to borsh with meat lol. I have a question though, why do you put Bay leaf at the end when the borsh is cooked? Isn’t it supposed to cook to give the flavor? My mom always put it in the pot in the beginning of the cooking. I don’t know much about bay leaf so I wonder what the difference in taste would be. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 14, 2016

      Hi Natasha, I’ve done it both ways with the bay leaf and to be honest, I haven’t really noticed a difference with borscht because the additional flavor is pretty mild. Reply

  • B. Lucas
    May 27, 2016

    Perfect as written… thank you natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 27, 2016

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Nathaniel Goodchild
    May 25, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I love borscht but lost my recipe but have now found yours which looks great and I am going to make it for an evening of Russian ballet, Swan Lake to be precise. 3 B’s Borscht, Bread and Ballet:)
    I wanted to ask, what do you think of using red cabbage instead of the normal green. Also I am going to use a Kassler pork chop which I shall boil and then shred into the soup, using the stock from the Kassler chop for the soup as well.
    Please let me know what you think of this. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 25, 2016

      I think the pork chop sounds like a great idea! I’m not sure about the red cabbage – I haven’t tested it with red cabbage to see how it affects flavor but I have seen other recipes online that use it so I imagine it works. That sounds like a really fun evening! Reply

    • fritzie
      June 4, 2016

      Kassler pork chops are smoked. My German ancestors who lived in the Ukraine always used smoked meat–for them probably a matter of availability in late summer and fall when the other ingredients become available, for me a matter of nostalgia–a real Borcht as Mom and Oma made it, has a wonderful smokey flavor. I tend to use smoked turkey or chicken legs, but ham, sausage or any other smoke cured meat will do.

      On food blogs one often finds people looking for the borscht of their childhood. If you have a Baba or a Russian Grandma, chances are the recipe above is perfect. If you have an Oma, try the smoked meat. Doukhobors use no meat but lots of cream, and Mennonites often skip the beats, but never the cabbage. There have been bar fights over the right way to make an authentic borscht πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Elizabeth
    May 23, 2016

    I’ve made this before for my husband, who is from Siberia. He bragged about it to his entire family, who all wondered- how did an American girl learn to make borsch? When I told them where I had gotten this recipe from, they had already heard of you and loved you!

    I want to make it again, only I have some questions- any idea how many cans of canned beets it would take to make this (I just had a baby do my time is limited). Also, would browning the meat first add to the flavor? Why would you do that in, say, a stew but not this soup? Thank you, and I love your recipes so much!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2016

      Hi Elizabeth! That’s awesome that they’ve heard of my blog :). Although I think fresh does taste best (and if you have a food processor with a grater attachment, it becomes much easier to prep the beets) but if using canned, I would suggest 2 (15 oz each) cans of beets. I can totally understand time constraints with having a new baby. You know to be honest, I’ve never seen meat seared in an Eastern European soup. I’m not sure why – maybe it’s more of a Western trick, I have no idea and you have me stumped! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Janet
    May 11, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I plan on trying your meat version of borsch for my book club’s dinner this Sunday…the book them is Russian, a book about Putin actually. So being a new and hug fan of yours, I sent the hostess a link to your website and she will be making the pork schnitzel with new creamy garlic potatoes. If I am not too tired from making borsch, I will attempt the apple cake or an easy dessert. (They know me for my baking too). What can you suggest other members make to go with the menu so far? We are truly also a huge foodie group and love to eat! p.s. I tried your original Olivye salad last weekend with left-over smoked ham and kielbasa and it was a huge hit! Thank you, Janet Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 11, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes! πŸ™‚ You’ll need a salad to go with it! Here are some classic options: radish cucumber, cucumber tomato, fresh cucumber, Russian beet salad. There are so many options in the salad categoryReply

      • Janet
        May 13, 2016

        Thanks for the options Natasha! I have passed this suggestion on to the group so we shall see what else we come up with. My beets are not the long types like in your pictures, but are more fat/round as in a tennis ball or onion shape. How many would you think I need for your recipe? I bought 5, just in case. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 13, 2016

          Hi Janet, it depends on how large they are. You could use 4 to 5 medium beets. It really won’t harm the soup if you add an extra beet πŸ™‚ I hope you love it! Reply

          • Janet
            May 18, 2016

            Hi Natasha, Well, our Russian-Themed dinner on Sunday was a huge success! The borsch turned out fantastic and so tasty with the extra beets πŸ™‚ We made the pork schnitzels that day and the roasted potatoes with bacon were also great. Two other salads graced our table: the Carrot Apricot and Pecan, and the Creamy Cucumber. I also baked the Apple Sharlotka cake and everything was all so yummm! Topped it all off with some Beluga vodka martinis! Thanks again for your tips and your amazing website. I’m going to try the borsch with pork next, and use a bone in the broth, and try those Ponchki (donut holes)… Janet

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            May 18, 2016

            Thank you so much for the excellent reviews! I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying the recipes! That sounds like quite a feast!

  • Yulia
    April 18, 2016

    That’s exactly the way my dad does it and he is the KING of Borsch :)) one of my favorite soups ever, it’s so flavorful and with the meat it’s just that much more hearty:) By the way! If you don’t have raw meat replacing it with chunks of salami is GREAT (just use beef broth in that case). It’s definitely worth the mess (by that I mean my purple hands from grating beets)
    Thanks for posting the recipe! I sometimes really feel like making borsch but dad’s not home and can’t get his instructions, but this is exactly it, so now I can just print it and enjoy:)
    Dyakuyu/Spasibo or Thank you (not sure if you speak THE NATIVE language) πŸ˜‰ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 18, 2016

      You’re so welcome!! I definitely speak the native language although it is a little rusty ;). Thank you so much for sharing the salami tip. I absolutely love salami! Reply

  • Anastassiya
    April 14, 2016

    made this borsch following the recipe from the website and I think that so far this is the tastiest borsch I have ever done in my life.

    Thank you, dear Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 14, 2016

      Thank you for such a nice review Anastassiya, that is quiet a compliment 😊. Reply

  • April 1, 2016

    Natasha, you’re really great. I can’t even imagine how much work you put into your blog. Recipes, photos, texts – everything is really perfect! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2016

      You’re so nice Katia, thank you! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • billy
    March 24, 2016

    Natasha, this was the first but not the last time i have cooked borsch, thanks for the wonderful recipe , it was even better the next day. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2016

      You’re welcome Billy! It sounds like you have a new favorite πŸ˜€ Reply

  • Olga
    March 21, 2016

    Natasha do you have a small appliance the greats your beets and carrots or do you do it by hand? Reply

  • Jessichka
    March 14, 2016

    Loved this recipe. I made it last month and I’m making it again! So delicious Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 14, 2016

      That’s awesome! This soup is in our regular rotation also πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Irina
    March 10, 2016

    Hello, Natasha. I want to thank you so much for all these wonderful recipes you are so generously providing for all of us. Cooking and baking has never been easier!
    I made this borsch today and it turned out so scrumptious, I almost cried!
    My kids have been asking for borsch for a while and it was so satisfying to watch them smack their lips and dip their bread in this goodness.
    My husband and kids all approve your recipes, thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2016

      Awww I loved reading your comment. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Isabelle
    March 9, 2016

    I just came back from Moscow where I have tried my first Moscow and was left wanting more. I tried this recipe and it tasted maybe even better than the one I had in Moscow. Also recipe for vatrushki is amazing. I struggled in the past to make them soft and fluffy and delicious as they are supposed to be but using your recipe the dought was so tasty. I changed the filling for apricot marmalade, vanilla farmers cheese and pear on the top. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2016

      Isabelle, thank you for the compliment and for the nice review, I’m so happy to hear that πŸ˜€. Reply

  • Tammy
    March 8, 2016

    I am looking at your borscht recipes. The recipe I have been using didn’t call for potatoes or beans. Is this “typical” for borscht? I know there are a MILLION recipes out there for this. I am trying to be as authentic as possible πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 8, 2016

      Hi Tammy, our family has always made it with both and there are probably a hundred different ways to make borscht depending on which family you’re talking to. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Kai Lin
    February 21, 2016

    Thank you so much for this recipe! First time making it and it turned out to be a HUGE success… I’ll add probably twice as much meat but this will definitely be a repeat recipe for the whole family. I messed up so many times timing-wise but this recipe is so forgiving on mistakes lol so it’s perfect. I was so excited to make this because I keep hearing about Borscht in books and movies and I was dying to try out something new, esp considering I rarely use beets! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 21, 2016

      That’s so great Kai Lin! It sounds like you have a new favorite! 😁 Reply

  • Sindy
    February 19, 2016

    I’m so sorry that this may be a really stupid question but am I suppose to cook the beef before I put it in the water? I’ve never done this before.

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2016

      Sindy, there is no need to cook beef before placing it in the water. Just follow the first step. Let me know how it turns out πŸ˜€. Reply

  • Sindy
    February 18, 2016

    Will all these directions work if I half the recipe? I really want to try it but I’m only serving for 2 so it’s a bit much. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 18, 2016

      Yes it sure will! You can scale this recipe up or down πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Sindy
        February 18, 2016

        Yay! I’m so excited to try this!!! Thank you! Reply

  • Nestor Portillo
    February 11, 2016

    Loved thsi recipe, trying it during the weekend. thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 11, 2016

      You are welcome Nestor πŸ˜€ Reply

  • Robbie Elliott
    February 11, 2016

    This is a great recipe! It is a shame that 95% of America hasn’t ever met this comfort food dish. Deer meat goes quite well in this borscht, or so I think. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 11, 2016

      I agree, but I’d like to think that it’s growing in popularity :). Reply

  • Vera
    February 8, 2016

    Just made this borscht. It is delicious and super easy to make. I’ll definitely be making this again.It tastes just like my grandmother’s borscht. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2016

      Vera, that’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! 😁 Reply

  • Yuliya
    January 22, 2016

    Natasha, I have some cabbage and beets that I need to use up.. but we just had borscht last week (your recipe and it was AMAZING). Would borsch freeze well? Or should I find a different use for cabbage and beets πŸ™‚
    Thank you, my family is loving all of my cooking lately- and I am so grateful to you for that! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2016

      Hi Yuliya, I’ve never tried freezing it but i imagine it would freeze well, just leave a little space for it to expand in your container since liquid expands in the freezer. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes. Thank you for sharing that with me! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Lisa
      February 1, 2016

      It freezes very well. I do it all the time. πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        February 1, 2016

        Thanks Lisa! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tanya
    January 15, 2016

    I’m wondering, do you think it would be possible to make this in a crock pot? I’m trying to utilize my crock pot as much as I can. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2016

      Hi Tanya, I haven’t tried it in a slow cooker but one of my readers, Stephanie reported good results. She said she cooked it on low for 8 hours. She posted it on her site: http://friendsfoodiesforever.blogspot.fr/2014/12/winter-borscht.html I hope that helps! πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Tanya
        January 16, 2016

        You should do a post on slow cooker and freezer meals, as in what foods can be frozen from your recipes, etc. Just a suggestion πŸ™‚ Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 16, 2016

          That is actually a fantastic suggestion! I’ve been thinking about the same thing and trying to figure out a way to package that kind of project. Thanks Tanya! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Cindy
    January 12, 2016

    What a great recipe. Never cooked the beets before adding to soup. I think it really helps bring out the color. Also, Ukrainians add lemon to borscht. I squeeze half a lemon in the last 10 minutes and toss the skin in for a little, too. Adds a nice tang to counter the sweetness of beets and sugar. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2016

      Cindy, thank you for the nice review and for sharing your lemon tip! Reply

  • Dario
    December 12, 2015

    Was suddenly craving some borscht on this cold winter day so I searched around and found this recipe. Just finished eating dinner and I must say, it was amazing; my family loved it and I will definitely make it again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2015

      That is just awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your review. This does sound cozy on a cold winter day πŸ™‚ How cold is it in your part of the world? Reply

  • Cole Glover
    December 10, 2015

    Just finished eating the Borscht – it was fantastic! The flavor, colour and textures were just divine. Thanks for posting. I will definitely be making this again. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2015

      Cole, thank you for such a great review and you are welcome 😁. Reply

  • Colleen
    November 19, 2015

    Just wondering if it would work to just brown my cubed beef instead of boiling it? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 19, 2015

      In my experience, beef tends to be rubbery when boiled if it’s not boiled for a long time as with beef stews. I think even if you browned it and added it, it would be tough if you brought it to a boil afterwards. Reply

  • janice
    November 14, 2015

    been making my recipe for years. very similar to this one but i use sauerkraut instead of cabbage. nice tangy flavor Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 14, 2015

      Mmmm I haven’t tried using sauerkraut in borscht before but I do love sauerkraut soup. I bet it’s delicious in there. Thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Victoria
    November 13, 2015

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic, looks and tastes amazing, this lasted us a whole week, and tasted better and better the longer it stayed. Definitely needs a spoon of sour cream in the bowl. I especially like it with a slice of nice garlic bread. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2015

      I love it with sour cream too and sometimes I add mayo instead when we are out of sour cream – it gives it a great kick of flavor :). I’m so glad you liked the borscht! Reply

  • Danica
    October 24, 2015

    Natasha,
    I love this recipe! I had something very similar to this while in Chernivtsi. Do you have any recommendations on how to prepare it with chunk white fish?
    Any help would be appreciated,
    Danica Reply

  • Becky
    October 23, 2015

    Natasha, Just returned from a two-week trip to Ukraine in September and have been searching for a delicious-looking borsche recipe. (Never had it til our last day in Kiev. Was told while there – no “t” at the end – who knew?) Wanted to be able to share my experiences with my friends, including the food, with my monthly gathering this Sunday night. The soup is cooking as I write, house smells delicious, and I am so excited to try it and share it. Thank you so much for this authentic recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2015

      That’s great to know! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Jenn
    October 6, 2015

    Hi Natasha,

    I’ve seen other recipes with turnips instead of carrots? What do you think about the substitution? Going to make this tonight as the fall weather blows in…yum! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 6, 2015

      I really have never tested it with turnips and I don’t recall anyone in my family ever making it that way, but it sounds interesting. If you try it, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Nancy H
    October 6, 2015

    I made this for dinner using left over sauerbratten for the meat. Oh yum! Will be making again and again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 6, 2015

      Nancy, thank you for the great review, reading your comment is making me hungry for some borscht :). Reply

  • Iry
    October 4, 2015

    Tried this recipe few days ago, without ingredients below:

    1/2 head of small cabbage, sliced
    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley + more for garnish
    Garnish: Sour cream and fresh sprigs of parsley or dill.

    It taste good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 5, 2015

      Wow that’s half the soup! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you still liked it even with cutting those things out. Reply

  • Autaum
    September 26, 2015

    I have nothing to compare this to as it was my first attempt at borscht, and I’ve never even tried tasted it before. However, I was given a whole bunch of beets this year and decided to give it a try! This will definitely be a new staple in our house, it’s sooo yummy!! I used more meat in mine and no sugar, but other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe to a T. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 27, 2015

      I am so so happy to hear that!! Thanks for sharing your awesome review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Nicholas
    September 26, 2015

    Natasha, this soup is truly awesome. I used fresh carrots, tomatoes, beets, and parsley from the garden, which really added to the flavour. I have spent much of my adult life looking for a really good borscht recipe, and this is the one. Thanks! Reply

    • Nicholas
      September 26, 2015

      BTW, it was all I could do to keep from eating the sauteed beets on their own before adding them to the soup. Will have to make beets that way for supper sometime. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        September 26, 2015

        I’ve never thought to do that but it’s brilliant! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 26, 2015

      Awww that’s music to my ears. Thank you for such a fantastic review!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Jacob
    September 13, 2015

    This was a wonderful, tasty borsch, which my Russian wife enjoyed substantially more than the highly complicated, gourmet version I tried previously.

    I made only a couple of modifications. First, I increased the meat by half to suit my American tastes. Second, I doubled the garlic, as both my wife and I very much like garlic. Otherwise, made as instructed, and quite delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 13, 2015

      Jacob, thank you for such a great review and great job on improvising :). Reply

  • Kira
    August 20, 2015

    Can this beef version be frozen as well? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2015

      Yes that should work fine to freeze it. Reply

  • Glenn
    August 9, 2015

    My (unfortunately) ex-girlfriend was from Kiev. She used to make the BEST soups, that included Borscht. I seem to remember that she would saute the cabbage too, but I am not certain of that. Either way, this recipe turned out so good the first time, I just made another pot today. I ate the soup for lunch at work every day last week with fresh baked bread from the local grocery. It is so rich in flavor, and hearty–also a good conversation starter when my co-workers see the red color. Thank you for providing such an authentic recipe for us, I am favoriting the recipe and checking out the rest of your website πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 9, 2015

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the borscht :). It’s one I never get tired of and I love that it stays great in the fridge for several days. I hope you find many new favorite recipes here! Reply

  • Brenda
    August 8, 2015

    We really enjoyed this recipe! I am going to make it again this week, but we are going to add double the beets, just found it was lacking the beets for our tastes. And also what would you recommend to thicken up the broth a bit?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 8, 2015

      I’ve never tried to make the broth thicker for this borscht since it’s not typically how we enjoy it. Hmm… I guess you could add a small amount of flour when sauteeing the onion and carrot, but again, I haven’t tried doing that. I’m not sure this would be the same if the broth was thickened – is it a dietary concern? Reply

  • Afi
    June 25, 2015

    Have you ever used chopped up beet greens in the your Borscht?
    What do YOU use for thickening? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2015

      I don’t use anything for thickening because I prefer a thinner broth. I use beet greens in this version of borscht, which is the easiest and a family favorite. Reply

  • Marina R
    May 29, 2015

    Just made this soup tonight and it was fantastic. I made one small addition to the recipe – at the end instead of adding salt, I added a spice called Vegeta which contains salt and powdered vegetables. Vegeta is a great addition to any soup. The soup turned out absolutely perfectly. Will definitely make it again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2015

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ Vegeta does make soups taste better. Thanks for sharing your tip! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Nina
    March 16, 2015

    Hi Natasha!
    thanks so much for this recipe! it is beyond delicious!! πŸ™‚
    question: does it freeze well? I made such a huge pot πŸ˜‰ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 16, 2015

      You are welcome Nina, and thank you for the great review :). This borscht does freeze great, just thaw it in the fridge before use. Reply

  • Kendra
    March 3, 2015

    Yummy! I had never had borscht up until this weekend. Since I am half-Ukrainian, I thought it was long overdue. I found your blog through google and tried it out. Also made the no-knead artisan bread to go with it and <a href="http://i.imgur.com/rpuVd73.jpg?1"strawberry cookie bars for dessert. There were no leftovers and only three of us, so I think it’s safe to say it was a success. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 3, 2015

      You are welcome Kendra, and thank you for the great review :). Reply

  • E
    March 1, 2015

    This is he best recipe I have used.. When I a, in a hurry I sometimes use a bag of coleslaw mix instead of cutting the carrots and cabbage myself. It takes pretty good considering! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 1, 2015

      That’s brilliant to use pre-sliced coleslaw mix πŸ™‚ How easy! Reply

  • Maria
    February 22, 2015

    This recipe is delicious! I love your presentation, instructions and pics. What a yummy meal on this cold and snowy day! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 22, 2015

      Thank you Maria for the great review :). Reply

  • February 11, 2015

    Oh my goodness, this was great! I was worried that the boiled meat would be tough, but the 20 minute rest before serving softened it right up! I think I might try this with a ham hock next time. Really wonderful recipe. It was definitely quite a lot of work, but totally worth it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 11, 2015

      You can freeze portions, which is nice because I agree, it’s quite a bit of slicing and dicing (and time ofcourse) ;). I’m so happy you liked it and yes, ham would be really tasty in borscht! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Greta
    February 2, 2015

    Natasha, I’m loving this borscht!

    I enjoyed tangy beef borscht from a restaurant years ago and have never been able to recapture the flavors until now.

    Both my mother and mother in law are Eastern European but niether my husband nor I ate borscht growing up, although we did eat a range of other old-country foods. I can’t wait to make this for them. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it and were able to recapture the flavors! That’s so awesome!! Thanks for sharing that with me πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Anna
    December 28, 2014

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! I made this today and my family loved it! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2014

      That is so great! Thank you for the great review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Irina Shampay
    December 26, 2014

    Thank you for creating this blog Natasha! So glad I stumbled upon this blog. I didn’t grow up with amazing cooking experience, but I am from the Ukraine and have been yearning to learn to make borscht from scratch. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2014

      Welcome to my blog Irina! Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you absolutely love the Borscht πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Joel Horace
    December 24, 2014

    Looking forward to trying this recipe out. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2014

      I hope you LOVE it! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • December 21, 2014

    This is exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for!
    I’ve adapted it to the slow cooker because I’m quite sure it will work out that way. I’ll let you know how it goes.. it smells so delicious!
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 21, 2014

      Do let me know how it goes in the slow cooker. I’ve been meaning to try that myself. What temperature and for how long do you set it for? Reply

      • December 23, 2014

        It turned out fabulous! I added some green chile for spice because I like it with a kick. I cooked it on low for 8 hours. Here’s my recipe.
        I linked back to your blog =) Reply

  • Trampas Sisk
    December 8, 2014

    Just made this and it was absolutely amazing. I am hooked! Just had my 3rd bowl of it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 8, 2014

      That is the best review! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natasha Sakhnovskiy
    October 12, 2014

    thank you so much for this recipe. I have made this is soup last night and it came out really good. Everyone loved it in my family. This was my first time making the Borsh all this time I was thinking that this is the most hardest the soup to make. This recipe was extremely easy to follow, very detail and definitely a keeper Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2014

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for a fantastic review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Pauline DESJARDINS
    October 3, 2014

    Delicious…. a great healthy meal in one bowl! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 3, 2014

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Marie
    September 27, 2014

    The BEST Borscht soup I’ve ever had! Thank you for this recipe, I will make this for years to come!!!!!I’m trying to post 5 stars! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 27, 2014

      I’m so happy you liked it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great review! Reply

      • Yuliya
        September 27, 2014

        Absolutely delicious!! Just finished making it and already had two helpings – just couldn’t help it (pun intended πŸ™‚ thank you for the fantastic recipe! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          September 28, 2014

          I’m so happy you loved it! Its one of those things I don’t mind eating all week long πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Deborah
    September 19, 2014

    Hi! So fun coming across your blog. All my memories of borscht and eastern European food have faded since my Bubbie died. In any case this page stirs up some joy in me.

    Question: Can we freeze this borscht?

    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 19, 2014

      I’m so glad this stirs up joy for you and brings back happy memories :). Welcome to the blog!
      Answer: yes, but it tastes best fresh πŸ™‚ Reply

  • TripleL
    September 5, 2014

    I orgot to add to my last comment that when we visited Russia, all of the borscht we ate was just like my grandmother’s — beets, tomatoes, beef, cabbage — no carrots, no beans and no potatoes. Perhaps all these recipes with those other ingredients are Ukrainian rather than Russian. Anyhow, that’s been my experience from life and from travels. Reply

  • Jerry
    August 30, 2014

    Thank you, This was awesome! Reply

  • viktoriya smal
    August 28, 2014

    made borscht for the first time. and it was the BOMB!!!!!! i omitted the beef, and added kidney beans.
    but i was wondering, what is the purpose for the vinegar with the beets? Reply

  • Dasha A
    August 23, 2014

    I find that a good mineral-rich broth makes the biggest difference in flavor! I usually get organic beef bones (they have barely any meat on them) and simmer them on the stovetop at low heat for 4-6hrs with some vinegar to help get the minerals out into the broth. I make all of my stocks this way and let me tell you, it is worth the extra time it takes. After the stock is done you can add meat if you want or continue making the vegetable version. Either way, you will notice the difference in flavor πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 23, 2014

      Where do you find organic beef bones? That’s a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Dasha A
        August 25, 2014

        Whole Foods carries beef bones with marrow, and even chicken feet (essential for a good gelatinous chicken stock)! I don’t know if you have a Whole Foods store in your area but food co-ops should have bones too. That’s once I use up all the bones we get when we buy a quarter of a cow from our raw milk man/farmer Reply

  • Marina
    August 13, 2014

    Mmm…just made this right now. Can’t wait to try it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 13, 2014

      My mom has red beets in her garden, I will be making borscht in very near future :), tnx for making me hungry for some. Reply

  • Lena
    August 13, 2014

    Do I use raw beets or cooked? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 13, 2014

      It’s best to start with raw beets. Reply

  • Kate
    August 4, 2014

    Question!!! Is there a difference between borsch and borscht? My husband lived in Russia for a few years and he said he never heard it with a “t” in the name, but a lot of people here in the US use a “t.” Are they different soups? Regardless of the pronunciation, it is one of our favorite foods!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2014

      It’s just a difference in pronunciation. I use them interchangeably just for the sake of being google friendly if people type it in either way, they’ll find the recipe πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Karen
    June 15, 2014

    Yum this looks amazing! I recently discovered a love of fresh beets and with my ongoing affair with slow cooked tender meat…borscht sounds heavenly! Could I use red cabbage? It’s just what I happen to have on hand at the moment, and if so I’ve got everything I need to get started! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 15, 2014

      I haven’t tried with red cabbage but I think it would work. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • olga
    April 9, 2014

    could I use canned tomatoes instead?would there be a taste difference? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 9, 2014

      I haven’t tried canned tomatoes but I think that should be fine. I like that idea! Canned tomatoes are usually seasoned so adjust salt as needed πŸ™‚ Reply

    • olga
      April 9, 2014

      So I made this borsht.. delicious! couple questions in addition to the canned tomato one… what is the purpose of the sugar? I thought the borsht was on the sweeter side. Can I omit it? also, do i saute the tomatoes with the onions/carrots? you have a pic of them in the pan but its not in the instructions to put them there. Thx!!! Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        April 9, 2014

        The chopped tomatoes are in step #4. You add them to the soup pot raw, but you can saute them a little if you want to. It won’t hurt :). The sugar helps the beets to soften and I thought it tasted better with sugar. If you know your beets are very sweet and fresh, you’d probably be ok to omit the sugar. Reply

        • olga
          April 11, 2014

          In step #3, 2nd pic down you have what lookes like diced tomatoes in the pan with the carrots… and it doesnt say to sautee them in the instructions so thats why I asked. (Maybe your son threw them in there when you werent looking :). Anyways this is now my go-to recipe for borsht! (minus the sugar) Definately husband approved:) and I tried many borsht recipies……………..
          Thanks mucho Reply

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            April 11, 2014

            Oh I see, those are actually onions that take on the reddish color from the beets that were in the pan. That’s funny about my son throwing them in. I imagine that’s probably happened before. I need to let him watch the ratatouille cartoon one of these days πŸ˜‰ You’re so welcome and I’m happy you loved the soup!

  • Alesya
    April 3, 2014

    So you don’t need to cook the beets before hand? I didn’t see you specify, I’m assuming then you just sautΓ©ed them raw? Just clarifying Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2014

      That’s correct Alesya, use raw beets :), hope it turns out great for you. Reply

  • Marina salfet
    March 13, 2014

    This recipe was delicious I made it with chicken drumsticks and it was so delicious . Also to add some spice to it I added Tabasco sauce . Tasted soo good. Just like moms Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 13, 2014

      Oooh I bet it would be delicious with drumsticks and tabasco sauce (I love spicy foods!). Thanks so much for sharing your alterations πŸ™‚ Reply

  • BillR
    March 7, 2014

    Looks like I will be doing a bit of cooking this weekend. I think a nice compliment to this meal is your no knead Artisan bread. I was thinking of using a cube or 2 of beef bouillon in the water while cooking the meat Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2014

      I bet that would taste great with the bouillon. πŸ™‚ Yeah, that bread is so good with butter, still warm out of the oven. I wish I had baked a loaf now! πŸ™‚ Reply

      • BillR
        March 13, 2014

        I made this last yesterday and my wife loved it. I had to pare it down a bit, (size wise) since there are only 2 of us to feed. I made it with 10 cups of water, 2 medium potatoes, 3 medium beets, and I added 1 beef bullion cube (which is enough for 2 cups of broth), 1/3 head of cabbage, 3/4 lb of sirloin strip steak, half an onion, 2 small carrots, 1 1/2 tomatoes, kept the skin on still used 2 cloves or garlic…..and I added a handful of dried sliced mushrooms when the meat had cooked for about 45 minutes. I dry my own mushrooms and always have them on hand. I get them when they are on the mark down shelf, slice them and set up my dehydrator. What a wonderful flavor they add to any soup or tomato sauce. The meal was unbelievable. Thanks for sharing Natasha Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 13, 2014

          That’s brilliant to dry your own mushrooms! I love that idea. I always see good mushrooms go on sale and am always rattling my brain about what to do with them. I love using dried mushrooms! I guess this means I need to buy a dehydrator. Can you recommend a good one? Reply

          • BillR
            March 14, 2014

            I have an Nesco American Harvest Snackmaster Pro. It comes with 5 trays but is expandable to 12. I have had mine for over 10 years. Makes great beef jerky too. I get an Eye of the round when on sale and make it.
            I did some research for you and found the latest comparable model. It is Nesco Snackmaster Pro FD75A. You can get it from Amazon for $67.00 with free shipping in their “Frustration Free Packaging” or for $76.00 in standard packaging. Frustration free is the way to go. Here is the link
            http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0090WOCN0?psc=1

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            March 14, 2014

            Thanks so much for sharing! It sounds like a good quality product if you’ve had yours that long!

          • BillR
            April 25, 2014

            Hi Natasha,
            I thought I answered, but I have had it for well over 10 years. I just got a bunch of mushrooms after Easter and I have built up my supply again. Usually after holiday’s, they show up on the markdown shelf at the supermarket. I got a bunch of the large white stuffing mushrooms and a bunch of large portobello’s as well.

            Bill

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            April 25, 2014

            Nice!! Have you tried the marinated mushrooms recipe? That’s always a great way to use up mushrooms if you have tons of them πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer
    March 2, 2014

    Great recipe, turned out perfect πŸ™‚ I could eat this borscht for days and not get tired of it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2014

      That is so great to hear! I’m the same way. The other two that are like that for me are: Mom’s meatball soup (I have it posted), and Sorrel soup (a green borscht, also posted). Thanks for the great review! Reply

  • ina
    February 20, 2014

    hi! For the beets, what food processor are you talking about? I actually use a knife to cut into thicker strips.. i like my borstch kind of more chunky. the vegetables. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 20, 2014

      I use the grater attachment on my food processor which grates them pretty large still and leaves a nice texture. If you are cutting by hand, you should definitely consider using a mandolin to make it go faster and easier. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Lucy
    February 11, 2014

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! How are your onions so perfectly diced?! Reply

  • Nick the Russian
    February 11, 2014

    No pampushkas??? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 11, 2014

      I actually have a great pampushki recipe. Have you tried them? So good! Reply

  • Yulia
    February 10, 2014

    Yummm! Looks like I will be cooking some borscht this week. It is my most favorite soup of all! I could live off of that soup for over a week :o). Interesting twist to add tomatoes, I’ll have to try it. I usually add dill and mushrooms to mine. I think I’ll just go cook it now. Awesome recipe as always. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2014

      My Mom adds mushrooms also. LOVE mushrooms in soup! Thanks Yulia πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • Alena
    February 10, 2014

    yep, this is exactly how i make my borch, except i like to do mine with baby back riblets and i pre-boil them before, so that way they fall off the bone, sooo delicisious!! i love it this way!! and i add lemon juice at the end instead of vinegar:) looks very good Natasha:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2014

      I like the lemon juice option too! Thanks Alena πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Sally Korneychuk
    February 10, 2014

    I always use a smoked pork hock or the ham bone from a ham roast. Once in a while I make a meatless but not very often….love borscht…..I think everyone has their own version. Mine seems to be different everytime cause I use what I have in the fridge. Will try this recipe, going to pin it…..thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2014

      The pork sounds wonderful and that smoky flavor… Yum!! Reply

  • Tatiana
    February 9, 2014

    The recipe is similar to mine πŸ™‚ i just use lemon juice instead of vinegar or freshly homemade sour borsh. And add a lill beans and sometimes some barley if there is no meat. I am planing to cook it this week πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2014

      Do you mean sauerkraut (like kiesla kapusta?) That actually sounds pretty good! Barley is a nice add-in too. Thanks for sharing! Reply

      • Libertarian
        June 2, 2015

        My Ukranian co-worker says he uses 1/3 fresh refrigerated sauerkraut (like the bagged kraut at Kroger), 2/3 fresh cabbage for his. I’ve yet to try it. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          June 2, 2015

          I haven’t tried that but I think it would probably work fine and add a little extra zing to the soup. Reply

  • lily
    February 9, 2014

    Its so interesting how everyone has a different recipe for borsht. My mother, and I make it more red in color, rather than beet colored. I make a big batch of zazharka (the beet/carrot/onion/tomato mixture) ahead of time, and freeze it in ziploc bags for a few months, and or some in the fridge that lasts up to a week or so. Pull out when making the soup, and put enough to get the desired color and taste. We also add red or yellow bell peppers to the soup. Your recipe looks yummy too! Keep up the amazing work on your blog. And thanks for the food food processor tip, will try next time! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2014

      Mmm the bell peppers are a great idea! I love how you freeze the zazharka! Brilliant! Yes, the food processor makes it so easy and your hands don’t turn bright red πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • February 9, 2014

    My son has been asking me for borsch all last week, but with a busy work schedule I wasn’t able to make any until Friday, but boy was he happy when I put a big bowl of borsch in front of him. Definitely a timeless recipe, and can be made so many different ways! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2014

      That’s so sweet πŸ™‚ P.S. I love your blog. I love it when people leave links to their blogs. It’s awesome that you made a site with your sister Oksana. I just got so distracted too. I’m not following all of your social channels and pinned 4 of your recipes. Funnnnn!!! Reply

  • Olga
    February 8, 2014

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it, Our family loves borsch! I’ve never added vinegar though, so I’m wondering what taste difference it adds or is it used for something else? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2014

      It helps the beets to soften quicker. You could probably use lemon juice too (I’ve used it in my previous borscht recipes and it worked really well!) Reply

      • Oksana
        February 9, 2014

        This is basically my mom’s recipe for borscht too. I usually add lemon juice to mine, and it works just fine. Like others posted, I do add the beans from a can at the very end (since they don’t have to really cook). We love our borscht loaded, meaning that a spoon can stand alone once inserted ;-), my kids prefer more liquid though (less effort to eat I think, lol)
        Thanks for posting this recipe for others to enjoy. We try to make borscht at least every other week esp in winter time, and the bigger the pot, the better (it just tastes better as the days pass) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 9, 2014

          I love a good hearty borscht too! We always make a large pot; I can’t help it πŸ˜‰ Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 9, 2014

          I love loaded borscht too! There’s nothing like a hearty borscht πŸ™‚ Although I also love a fair amount of juice also. I think you’re right about the less effort; my son is the same way! Reply

      • Sally Korneychuk
        February 10, 2014

        I often use pickle juice (kvas) instead of vinegar….. Reply

  • Iryna B.
    February 8, 2014

    Thank you for another version of Borsch! I am a big fan! Even my american daughter loves it better than any other soup I make. But…. I still love my borsch with beans, white butter beans. Mmmm…
    My grandma used to make us, grandkids, капустняк. I remember loving it even better than the real thing! Go figure those kids… πŸ˜‰ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2014

      Mmmm I love beans too, they add great protein to the veggie version, but they also go great with a meat version πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Julia
    February 8, 2014

    This looks like my mom’s borscht as well. πŸ™‚ I should really make it some day, I miss it a lot. My husband is Polish, and their borscht is just completely different.. it’s 100% liquid and they drink it from a cup, so the Russian/Ukrainian version is weird to him! However, I may make it anyway!! How can you not like this? Impossible πŸ˜‰ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2014

      I actually would love to try the drinkable version too. If you have a great recipe, do share! πŸ˜‰ is it like a creamy soup or is it more like a broth? Reply

      • Julia
        February 9, 2014

        Yes, it’s more broth-like.. almost like a darn red broth πŸ™‚ They have it on Christmas Eve traditionally. I’ve actually wanted the recipe for years but my mother-in-law only speaks Polish so it’s hard to get, haha! But I do need to get it πŸ™‚ Reply

        • Julia
          February 9, 2014

          Dark* sorry lol Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 9, 2014

          Keep me posted πŸ˜‰ Yeah the language barrier does make it really hard to keep recipes in the family. Reply

  • alana
    February 8, 2014

    Looks delish! Need to try asap!!!:) Is that homemade bread in the background? YUM YUM!!!:)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2014

      That was actually a Costco loaf but homemade would have been even better! Reply

  • Lidiya L
    February 8, 2014

    Yummy!! I’ve always favored my moms borsch over anything else and this looks almost exactly like her recipe.. I can’t wait to try it!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2014

      I hope you love it just as much as your Mamas πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Yana V
    February 8, 2014

    Mmm, we just ate all of ours but I want more! We usually add kidney beans as well, and the kids love them too. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2014

      I usually add them to the vegetarian borsch version for protein. We love them too πŸ™‚ Reply

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