Russian Cabbage Borscht Recipe -
Russian Cabbage Borscht Recipe

Russian Cabbage Borscht

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"An elderly lady residing in Turkey served this to a friend of ours while he was in that country several years ago. She has since passed away, but her recipe lives on. It is the best Borscht recipe I've ever enjoyed. Serve topped with sour cream, extra dill weed, chopped fresh tomatoes."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Place sliced potatoes and beets in a medium saucepan over high heat; cover with stock, and boil until vegetables are tender. Remove potatoes and beets with a slotted spoon, and reserve stock.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, caraway seeds, and salt; cook until onions become soft and translucent. Then stir in celery, carrots, and cabbage. Mix in reserved stock; cook, covered, until all vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes and beets to the skillet. Season with black pepper and dill weed. Stir in cider vinegar, honey, and tomato puree. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer at least 30 minutes. Serve topped with sour cream, extra dill weed, and chopped fresh tomatoes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 02, 2009

Don't let anyone sway you from trying this recipe. My mother was born and raised in Russia, I have friends here in the U.S. who are immigrants from the Ukraine and every one of them makes their borscht a little differently. If you are on a quest for "authentic" borscht like it is the holy grail, good luck - there are many interpretations. I tried this one because I am not pigeonholed into one type. An open mind will yield many good things. This was an EXCELLENT dish. Very clean, very delicious. It has that ethnic taste you are looking for when you want borscht. Who cares what it's called? I loved it and will make it again and again. Thank you for sharing this!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2006

Don't even bother. This is NOT borscht. I lived in Ukraine and Russia, and married a native Ukrainian. If you're looking for authentic Russian borscht, keep looking and pass this one by.

Oct 18, 2006

This is the MOST AWESOME and the most delicious Borcht that I have ever tasted, such a brilliant recipe. The cider vinegar and the little bit of honey, really does give it something special! Well done, it tastes just like my grandma and grandpa would make!! Well done and thanks! Cheers, Kate

Dec 13, 2008

Well, either the little old lady from Turkey bought the "Moosewood Cookbook" by Mollie Katzen, or Mollie borrowed the recipe from the little old lady. In any event, this is the Russian Cabbage Borscht recipe from the "Moosewood Cookbook" (with some minor variations) and, I agree, it is delicious.

Jun 16, 2008

I'd never made Borscht before, but my Russian fiance was begging me to give it a try. So, I made this recipe and he LOVED it. I did add some beef and change the veggie broth/water to beef broth. I also put in red wine instead of cider vinegar. Lastly, I used chopped steamed tomatoes instead of pureed tomatoes because I like the texture better. And I probably put in way more dill than it called for. It was amazing.

Jun 08, 2006

I made this and loved it. It was my first time making borscht also but I've eaten plenty and this rates with the best. The dill and caraway really make the flavour - I left out the honey and didn't miss it. There's probably a different borscht recipe for every town in eastern Europe. Who cares? It's the taste that matters!

Jun 01, 2008

For those of you who have trouble with your beets still being hard, try grating the beets for the soup rather than dicing them, that's how my Baba did it.

Apr 03, 2006

This is a really yummy soup. Hearty, flavorful- who cares if it's not "authentic"? I've traveled in Russia and several republics and it had just the taste I remember, except a little thicker (I did add some more liquid to this one) and sweeter. I didn't have caraway seeds, so that might have given it a nice pungent offset to the sweet. I would probably just put in a teaspoon of honey or no honey if you've got nice, fresh beets and cabbage. I used Hungarian paprika to season it and that was very nice.


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  • Calories
  • 128 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 908 mg
  • 36%

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

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