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Beet Borsch Recipe

Some days all Jordon can handle being on chemo is soup.  One of hid favorites is borscht.  I have posted my cabbage borscht before, here is my beet borscht.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 lb beets peeled and diced
  • 5 cups diced green cabbage
  • 2 white potatoes (about 10 oz/280 g), cubed
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 carrots diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar

Beet Borscht Recipe


  1. In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, garlic and caraway seeds, stirring occasionally, until softened and light golden, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in beets, cabbage, potatoes, celery, carrot, bay leaves, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until beets are starting to soften, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste and brown sugar; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beets are tender, about 40 minutes. Stir in vinegar; discard bay leaves.

Cabbage Borscht Recipe


  • 2 lbs. soup bones, with lots of meat
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 2-4 carrots, sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large (or 2 medium) onions, chopped
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 whole red chili peppers (dried)
  • fresh dill (a handful or to taste)
  • 2 tins tomato soup
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (optional)


  1. Cover soup bones with water and simmer until meat is tender (several hours).
  2. Remove the bone and shred the beef. Add more water to make 8-10 cups of stock before adding the vegetables.
  3. Add vegetables and seasonings (put chili peppers and dill into a spice cup or cheesecloth), and cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add tomato soup, diced tomatoes, and shredded beef…and bring to a boil.
  5. Serve with sour cream.