Jen's Borscht With Beef


This is how I like to make borscht for my family. It is very thick and satisfying on a cold winter night. Many people who are scared of beets enjoy my borscht because it has so many other flavors. For best flavor, top each bowl of borscht with a tablespoon of sour cream.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
10 servings


  • 3 pounds beef soup bones

  • 2 quarts water

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 3 celery ribs, sliced

  • 3 beets, peeled and diced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 3 tablespoons salt, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons paprika, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ½ small head cabbage, shredded

  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste


  1. Combine soup bones and water in a large pot; bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer for 4 hours.

  2. Remove soup bones and meat from pot; set aside until cool enough to handle. Skim fat from the surface of the broth. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, beets, onion, garlic, salt, paprika, and ground black pepper to the broth. Bring broth again to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour more.

  3. Pick meat off soup bones and add back to soup. Discard bones and fat. Stir cabbage, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste into the soup. Continue cooking at a simmer until the cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
1g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 2358mg 103%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 42mg 212%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 897mg 19%

* 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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