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Homemade Borsch: A Rich-Tasting Soup Packed With Nutrition

Updated on February 6, 2017
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Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share these.

Ah . . . Homemade borsch. There's nothing quite like a bowl of rich borsch soup. Borsch is full of a variety of vegetables and nutritionally superior, a combo of delicious flavors: soup cabbage, potatoes, cream, butter, dill . . .

Making this hearty soup isn't difficult if you have a reliable recipe for borsch and two large pots to put your soup ingredients in. Are you ready to get started?

Homemade Borsch Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped onions.

Brown onions in butter in large fry pan or pot, then add:

  • 6 cups of canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 8 cups finely grated cabbage
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, finely chopped

Cook at a moderate heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is cooking:

In another large pot . . .

  • 12 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Bring to a boil, then add:

  • 8 medium potatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced beets

Return to a soft boil. Add:

  • 2 cups tomato juice

Simmer until potatoes are cooked. Remove potatoes and mash with 1/2 cup whipping cream. Add first mixture, along with the potatoes. Add finely chopped green onions and fresh dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This recipe makes a generous amount of borsch, which can be frozen for future meals.

Borsch Flavor Boosters

Borsch Variations

  1. For extra flavor, add 2 cans of beef broth
  2. For a spicy-tasting borsch, add a couple tbsp. of mild to medium salsa.
  3. A neat trick for a creamy flavor is to cook potatoes separately and mash with cream prior to adding to other ingredients

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