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Homemade Borsch: A Rich-Tasting Soup Packed With Nutrition

Updated on October 1, 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.

I'll Have My Borsch With a Dollop of Sour Cream and Some Thick, Crusty Bread

Ah...homemade borsch. There's nothing quite like a bowl of rich borsch soup. Packed full of goodness, borsch contains a variety of vegetables and a combo of delicious flavors.

Made well, borsch is sublime. A bit of care and the right ingredients can produce a fabulous-tasting soup. Making borsch isn't difficult, once you have all the ingredients on hand.

This page includes a recipe for borsch and pointers on how to make this soup.

Homemade Borsch Recipe

Into First Pot

  • 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:

Into Second 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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