Hearty European Borscht Recipe: This Ukrainian Beet Soup Recipe Packs a Flavorful Punch by 30Seconds Food

Hearty European Borscht Recipe: This Ukrainian Beet Soup Recipe Packs a Flavorful Punch

Borscht is a beet soup that's common throughout Eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine. Some borscht recipes are vegetarian and some have meat in them, like this one with pork sausage. 

Borscht is a gluten-free soup made from beets, a root vegetable known for its earthy flavor. Many people call it a superfood because of the rich nutritional profile of beets.

This hearty borscht dinner recipe includes the following ingredients: pork sausage, onion, tomato paste, water, beets, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, diced tomatoes and garlic. There are a few optional ingredients, too, that enhance the soup's savory flavor.

As we enjoy this delicious beet soup recipe that packs a colorful – and flavorful – punch, let's send positive energy and thoughts to the strong and brave people of Ukraine. If you like this soup, try one of these as well:

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Cuisine: Ukrainian 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 medium to large beets, peeled and shredded
  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 small russet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 can (8 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • sugar, to taste (optional)
  • sour cream, for garnish
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

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Recipe Notes

  • Use your favorite type of sausage for this recipe.
  • Garnish with sour cream and chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the sausage in a skillet until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  2. In the same skillet, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Set aside. 
  3. Pour the water into a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Add the sausage and beets. Cook about 10 minutes. Add the carrots and potatoes and continue to cook about 15 minutes. Add the cabbage, diced tomatoes, garlic and onion-tomato mixture. Stir. Cook about 5 to 10 more minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add sugar if you want it sweeter. 
  4. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with sour cream and chopped parsley. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 237

Total Fat: 13.1g

Saturated Fat: 4.2g

Cholesterol: 38mg

Sodium: 409mg

Total Carbohydrate: 19.1g

Dietary Fiber: 4.2g

Total Sugars: 8.1g

Protein: 11.8g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 54mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 756mg

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