Borscht I


This is the best borscht I have ever eaten. Double the recipe, because it freezes well.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
8 servings


  • 6 cups water

  • ¾ tablespoon salt

  • ½ cup finely chopped carrots

  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper, divided

  • ½ stalk celery, chopped

  • 1 medium beet

  • ½ cup canned peeled and diced tomatoes

  • 3 potatoes, quartered

  • cup butter

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups canned tomatoes

  • 3 cups finely shredded cabbage, divided

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • ¾ cup diced potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place water, salt, carrots, 1/2 of the bell pepper, celery, beet, tomatoes, and quartered potatoes in a large stock pot over high heat. Bring to a boil.

  2. Melt 1/3 cup butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Saute onions in butter until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove 1/2 cup of sauce from skillet, and set aside. Stir half of the cabbage into the skillet with remaining sauce, and continue simmering 5 minutes more, or until tender.

  3. Remove beet from boiling liquid and discard. Remove potatoes with a slotted spoon or tongs, and place in a bowl with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the cream. Mash together until smooth.

  4. Return the 1/2 cup of reserved onion-tomato sauce to the stock pot. Stir in diced potatoes, and simmer until just tender but still firm, approximately 5 minutes. Increase heat to a low boil, and stir in remaining cabbage, tomato sauce, and mashed potatoes. Reduce heat and simmer a few minutes more. Stir in remaining bell pepper, season with black pepper, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
9g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 898mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 39mg 197%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 652mg 14%

* 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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