The best thing about this borscht (other than its delicious flavor) is that it can cook all day long in the slow cooker and be waiting for you when you come home at night. One of my family's ultimate winter comfort foods.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beef, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic in a slow cooker. Whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, dill weed, parsley, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over the beef and vegetables, adding more broth to cover as needed.

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  • Cover and cook on Low for 8 1/2 hours, or High for 4 hours.

  • Set heat to High, then stir in the shredded cabbage. Cover and continue cooking until the cabbage tender, about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Serve in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream.

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Nutrition Facts

345 calories; 16.2 g protein; 33.2 g carbohydrates; 50.6 mg cholesterol; 897.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (61)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
This is a very good borscht my ukrainian grandmother used to make hers with beef this one is very similar. The only change I made was using fresh dill instead of dried and adding chopped flat leaf parsley just before serving. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
I love beets and was looking forward to this stew. It looks pretty I guess there is a disconnect between the look and the taste. I kept wanting to taste the beets and all I tasted was the tomato paste. Next time I will leave out the tomato paste. Read More
(26)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
This is a very good borscht my ukrainian grandmother used to make hers with beef this one is very similar. The only change I made was using fresh dill instead of dried and adding chopped flat leaf parsley just before serving. Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
This is a very good borscht my ukrainian grandmother used to make hers with beef this one is very similar. The only change I made was using fresh dill instead of dried and adding chopped flat leaf parsley just before serving. Read More
(52)
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2009
I liked this recipe but will make a few changes the next time I cook it. I will add less vinegar - I personally found the flavor a bit overpowering. I found I needed almost 5 cups of broth to cover all the ingredients (once I had added the cabbage) and that the 30 minutes of cooking time on HI at the end wasn't nearly enough to cook the cabbage to the consistency that I prefer. In the future I will add the cabbage quite a bit earlier. Otherwise I think this is a wonderful savory borscht. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
I love beets and was looking forward to this stew. It looks pretty I guess there is a disconnect between the look and the taste. I kept wanting to taste the beets and all I tasted was the tomato paste. Next time I will leave out the tomato paste. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
This borshch recipe is a real keeper; one of the best I've ever tasted and easy to make. (No "borshch" is not a typo: that's how the folks who invented the dish - Ukrainians Russians and other Slavs - call it). The beet tops are edible. They can be chopped and added to the borshch at the same time as the cabbage. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2009
Excellent! LOL I don't like the smell of it cooking but the taste is out of this world. Since I am alone I have a small slow cooker and so cut the recipe in half. I like this so much that I am cooking it again tomorrow! Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
I love Borscht and we loved this recipe! I hope those that like Borscht don't overlook this recipe. The only thing I changed was leaving out the stew meat. And only because we find it a little too heavy with meat. Other than that I didn't change a thing! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2010
This recipe was okay. Maybe it was because we thought it was on the sweet side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2011
We had never had this before and were a little leary but it was great. I made it exactly as the recipe asked and it turned out awesome. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2012
This was good but the slow cooker cooked all the beautiful color out of the beets so it looks like ham soup. I made it without the beef or tomato paste subbed veg broth and subbed cider vinegar (according to another recipe I've used). Good flavor but I'll probably stick with my other non-slow-cooker recipe. Read More
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