Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup


This borscht recipe comes from my friend's mother from Ukraine who taught me how to make this classic beet soup. It's as authentic as it gets. It can be served vegetarian-style by omitting the sausage.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package pork sausage

  • 3 medium beets, peeled and shredded

  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded

  • 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • ½ medium head cabbage, cored and shredded

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 8 ¾ cups water, divided, or as needed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ cup sour cream, for topping

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Crumble sausage into a skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  2. Fill a large pot halfway with water (about 8 cups) and bring to a boil.

  3. Add sausage to pot, cover pot, and return to a boil. Add beets and cook until they have lost their color. Add carrots and potatoes and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

  4. Add cabbage and diced tomatoes to pot.

  5. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender. Stir in tomato paste and remaining 3/4 cup water until well blended. Transfer to the pot.

  6. Add garlic to the soup, cover, and turn off the heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and season with salt and pepper.

  7. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with sour cream and parsley.

    bowl of beet soup with sour cream and dill

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
14g Fat
24g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 626mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 39mg 196%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 837mg 18%

* 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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