Polish Beet Soup


Beet greens and spring veggies make a hearty soup in this traditional Polish recipe.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ¼ pounds beets with greens attached

  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped and washed

  • ½ pound celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup 1/2-inch cubed carrots

  • ¼ pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 3 cups 1/2-inch cubed boiling potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or to taste

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise


  1. Trim greens and stems from beets. Thoroughly wash and chop greens and stems. Peel and cut beets into 1/2-inch cubes.

  2. Bring beets, chicken broth, leeks, celery root, carrots, and parsnips to a boil in a large pot. Add potatoes, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir beet greens and stems into soup and simmer until greens and stems are tender, about 5 minutes. Mix sugar, lemon juice, and salt into soup.

  3. Stir sour cream and flour together in a bowl until smooth and thickened. Whisk 1 cup soup into sour cream mixture until smooth; pour sour cream mixture into soup and stir. Simmer soup until thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Add dill and remove pot from heat. Ladle soup into serving bowls and arrange 4 egg quarters in each bowl.

Cook's Notes:

You can make this soup up to 3 days ahead. Cool the soup uncovered, then cover and chill. Reheat, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat. Wait to add the lemon juice until just before serving, otherwise it will turn your veggies a grayish-khaki color as they sit in the fridge.

Vegetable broth can be used in place of chicken broth, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
9g Fat
44g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 222mg 74%
Sodium 903mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 33mg 167%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1039mg 22%

* 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.