Borscht (Beet Soup)

Borscht (Beet Soup)
A wonderful borscht recipe, made with fresh red beet, beef shank, onions, carrots, potatoes, tomato sauce, and parsley. Perfect in a cold day. Serve hot, topped with sour cream.


  • 5 us liquid quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pound bone-in beef shank
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 carrots (grated or chopped)
  • 2 potatoes (medium, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1 beet (medium, coarsely grated using the largest holes of a box grater)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce (or ketchup)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes (or finely chopped fresh parsley)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • sour cream (for topping, about 1 tablespoon per serving)
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


1. Bring 5 quarts of water and beef shank to boil in a large pot. Remove all scum. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 40 minutes (until meat is tender).
2. Remove meat and set aside to cool slightly. Then cut it from bone and into bite-size pieces. Return to pot.
Borscht (Beet Soup) photo instruction 1
3. Place the potatoes in pot.
4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and carrots in it for about 5 minutes, or until onions become soft and translucent.
Borscht (Beet Soup) photo instruction 2
5. Add beets to the skillet. Stir in vinegar and 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce or ketchup. Cook vegetables until they are tender, about 10 minutes.
Borscht (Beet Soup) photo instruction 3
6. Place vegetables in broth, bring the soup to boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and simmer a few minutes more.
7. Add parsley flakes, remove the soup from heat. Serve in 5-10 minutes, topped with sour cream.
Borscht (Beet Soup) photo instruction 4

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