Beef and Beet Borscht Recipe -
Beef and Beet Borscht Recipe
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How to Make Beef Borscht
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  • READY IN ABOUT 5 hrs

Beef and Beet Borscht

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"It was this soup that started my lifelong love of adding sour cream to things. The way the tangy, rich cream melts into the hot, beefy broth is a wonder to behold."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs 30 mins

    4 hrs 50 mins


  1. Cook beef shank in a large soup pot over high heat until browned, about 3 minutes per side; add water, onion, carrots, celery, and bay leaf to the pot, bring to a simmer and cook until meat is tender and falling off the bone, about 4 hours. Strain broth and discard solids.
  2. Combine beef broth, beets, and cabbage in a large soup pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until beets are tender, about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add vinegar, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Serve garnished with sour cream and dill.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of beef broth ingredients, even though only the broth is used.

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Feb 25, 2013

Omg.....marry me please!! Chef John Love your recipes would relocate if you would cook for me...LOL On a serious note- Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes.

Dec 18, 2014

Change from orifinal recipe- total prep and cook time:45 minutes. I used to live in Ukraine and I ate borscht several times a week there. This recipe tastes very similar to how they eat it over there. Yummy! I changed the recipe slightly so it was ready after about 35 Minutes of simmering. I used regular old stew meat from the store, browned it along with the chopped onion for a few minutes, then let it rest for 5 minutes while I finished preparing the veggies. I made sure to chop my carrots into smaller pieces since I knew I wouldn't be cooking them for 4 hours. I cut the beets into cube like, solid chunks, and used a half a red cabbage. I then combined all ingredients, brought to a boil, reduced heat to simmering and 35 minutes later had the Yummiest soup ever. The Bay leaves and sour cream can't be skipped. I added 4 leaves. You are going to have to add a lot more salt than you think you may - the cabbage and beats really suck up the flavoring. I also used some Montreal Steak seasoning - that's powerful stuff and I used 2 tablespoons plus a lot of salt.

Sep 21, 2014

Great recipe. I love beets and this is a winner! I totally agree with Sundances review. Amen. Thank you, Chef John.

Oct 01, 2014

I simply started with beef stock and cooked all the veggies together in the stock for 1/2 an hour. I also used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Great and couldn't have been quicker.

Dec 13, 2013

When I made this it was my first time making or trying borscht. It was absolutely incredible! I ate everything in my bowl and then went back for seconds, and even my husband enjoyed eating it (a MAJOR accomplishment!) And the leftovers are equally good.

Nov 25, 2013

I made this for Halloween one year and it was SOOO delicious! LOVE IT!

Feb 04, 2015

Using this recipe it was the first time I made borscht. I sautéed the onions first in the pot. Then added all the cut up veggies ingredients, except the beets, to the pot to sauté. Then instead of cubing the beets, I grated them and added them to the pot. Then added the water, vinegar, salt, pepper and bay leave. Instead of the beef shank, I used fresh Mennonite farmers sausage diced into quarters, browned it in a frying pan and added it to the pot and simmered until all was tender. It was a hit!

Dec 31, 2014

Highly recommended - the result was a hearty borscht, with great depth of flavor and beautiful balance! Followed the recipe to the tee, and served with toasted/buttered dill bread. Yum!


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  • Calories
  • 138 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 144 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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