bowl of borscht on a table with text overlay "Homemade Borscht sweet and sour beet soup"

Borscht ( Russian Beet Soup)

Homemade Borscht recipe. Make this traditional Russian beet soup at home to warm you up on a cold winter's night or serve it chilled to cool off in the summer time. 


  • 1 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 4 large beets peeled, sliced and cut in 1/4
  • 2 tomatoes cut into large chunks
  • 2 carrots cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1 small turnip peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoon sugar or no sugar sweetener
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 pound diced cooked ham or beef optional


  1. In a large stock pot, sauté onions in butter/oil until translucent. Add stock and all of the chopped vegetables.
  2. Simmer until vegetables are tender, approximately 20 minutes depending on how small you diced them. 

  3. Add vinegar, sugar and bay leaves. Simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove bay leaves and add meat. Cook until meat is heated (about 5 minutes). Salt and Pepper to taste.

  5. Serve immediately with a scoop of sour cream. Or in summer, chill and serve cold with some sliced cucumbers that have been peeled and seeded.