Borscht with Meat


I like to simmer the beef and bacon for up to 6 hours, then let sit overnight in the broth to cool. Skim the excess fat and cut the meats into bite-size pieces. Re-heat, adding the beets, cabbage, onions, leeks, and sausage. I don't think that the carrots are necessary or add anything to the recipe. I've added several varieties of sausage to give added flavors but the milder Polish sausages seem to go better with the soft and sweet flavors of the beets. Serve with fresh bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 40 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds beets, boiled and grated

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 pound lean beef chuck

  • 2 quarts water

  • ½ pound bacon

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 8 whole black peppercorns

  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram

  • 2 teaspoons dill seed

  • 1 pound shredded cabbage

  • 2 leeks, sliced

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • 2 pounds Polish sausage

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed


  1. Combine 1/2 cup of the beets, the vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl; refrigerate, covered, overnight. Refrigerate remaining beets.

  2. Place beef, water, bacon, salt, peppercorns, parsley sprigs, marjoram, and dill seeds (or basil leaves) in Dutch oven. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, simmer, partially covered, over medium heat until beef is tender (about 2 hours).

  3. Discard parsley sprigs. Add 3 cups beets, the cabbage, leeks, onions, carrot, and sausage; simmer, covered, over low heat 30 minutes.

  4. To serve, remove beef, bacon, and sausage; cut into 2-inch pieces. Return meats and reserved beet mixture to Dutch oven. Sprinkle with snipped dill. Pass sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

482 Calories
37g Fat
15g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 482
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1499mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 40mg 200%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 731mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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