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Borsch Recipe II

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $15
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 head of cabbage thinly chopped
  • 10 cups water
  • 6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth*
  • 2 large or 3 medium beets washed and peeled
  • 1 bell pepper optional
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 5 Tbsp ketchup or 4 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 can white beans with their juice

Instructions

  1. Grate carrots and beets and finely dice onions. Finely slice bell peppers if you are using them (optional)
  2. Slice potatoes in 1/4" thick pieces and finely slice 1/2 head of cabbage.
  3. Fill a large soup pot with 10 cups of water and 6 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are almost cooked.
  4. When the potatoes are almost cooked and you can smoothly pierce them with a butter knife, add cabbage and continue to cook 5 minutes.
  5. While potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add 4 Tbsp olive oil. Sautée your beets, carrots, onions and bell pepper (optional). Sauté until vegetables are soft (10-15 minutes). Stir in 5 Tbsp ketchup when veggies are almost done cooking. Add sauteed veggies to the soup pot.
  6. Add 4 Tbsp of lemon juice, 1/4 tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp of salt, 2 bay leaves, 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh dill and can of white beans (with their juice) to the pot.
  7. Cook another 5 minutes, or until the cabbage is very soft and well cooked. Add more salt and lemon juice to taste.

Recipe Notes

Use vegetable broth if you are looking for a true vegetarian version.