I made this soup 5 times already and love it, so did my husband and his friend, both born and bred Russians. Please do no omit the garlic, it gives so much flavor, not sure what having been to 23 countries has to do with knowing Ukranian cuisine. My husband loved the garlic, the parsley and also absolutely add dill, lots of it. I add all three right before I turn the heat off, this way the flavors blend well, but the greens don't overcook. I agree with someone who said before, use sunflower oil, my grandmother, mother and MIL still cook with it. I used olive oil but it's not the same. I tried one with sausage - good, one vegetarian - very good, one with beans - didn't think it was great, but wasn't bad either. To save time you can shred the beets in food processor, though I dice them very finely for more kid-appeal. Also, buy the packaged Cole Slaw, saves you time and mess from chopping cabbage. About the tomatoes- I also thought it was too much, so I just halved the amount, so try it this way first and see if you'd like more or less. Serve with smetanka and hearty country bread and enjoy!
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I made this soup 5 times already and love it, so did my husband and his friend, both born and...