Classic Ukrainian borsch (beetroot soup)

Beetroot soup recipeBorsch – is one of the most ancient and popular Ukrainian dishes. There are dozens of its recipes which you can find on our blog. But today I would like to share with you with my own family recipe.


  • 0.5 kg meat
  • 7 potatoes
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 bell pepper (advisable red)
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp of dairy butter
  • salt, black ground pepper – to taste


Wash the meat properly and cut it into small pieces. Put meat in the pan with water on the fire. Meanwhile wash all vegetables. Peel and grate a beetroot and a carrot. Chop a head of cabbage and a bell pepper. Do not forget about the meat. When the water boils, add salt, black ground pepper and scum the soup from time to time.

In 20 minutes after boiling add the beetroot, cabbage and bell pepper. Mix the ingredients. Peel potatoes, cut them into pieces and put in the pan.

Take the frying pan and heat dairy butter. Put the carrot there and fry until it gets a golden color. Then add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, mix with the carrot and pour the prepared mass into the pan.

Serve the Ukrainian borsch with a slice of salo, a piece of bread and spring onion or a clove of garlic. You can also add 1 tablespoon of sour cream!

Enjoy your meal!


- Cook borsch on a low fire. In that case all the vegetables will be boiled thoroughly and impart a special flavor to the soup.

- Borsh is usually served with pampushka - a sort of fritter which has garlic inside.

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