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Vegetarian Borscht

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The first time I had borscht, I think I was at a Ukrainian Folklorama Pavillion in the early 2000's with my parents. I fell in love with it, and from then on I ordered whenever I saw it on the menu at a restaurant. Little did I know, it's so freakin easy to make. I've been making it for years now, always winging the recipe but I finally decided to write it down and share it. 

Traditional borscht usually had shredded beets, but I prefer to have them cubed. I personally just like the heartier texture. If you'd prefer a shredded beet, you can do that too! The best part about this recipe is the addition of red wine vinegar at the end. It gives the soup a nice tang thats balanced out perfectly by a dollop of coconut cream (traditionally sour cream). If it's your first time trying it with coconut cream, I'd recommend adding just a small amount to your serving bowl before adding it to the pot! 

I also made this version vegetarian (some are made with stewing beef, also delicous). My sister and her partner are vegetarian, and I always love creating recipes she can follow easily. She's also been asking for this recipe for like a year. 

I hope you make this borscht and love it as much as I do! On the bottom I left notes for if you want an ultra quick version using the Instant Pot! I'd also like to mention that it freezes really well if you want to double the batch and freeze half! 

Enjoy! 

 

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Vegetarian Borscht

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 2 medium beets, peeled and diced into small cubes (about 2 heaping cups)
  • 1 large potato, diced into small cubes
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1-398ml can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (adjust to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • Coconut cream, for serving

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, chopped carrot, and celery and stir to combine. Add the beets, diced potato, cabbage, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, broth, and bay leaf. Stir, making sure the tomato paste has been well incorporated.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 1-1½ hours. Remove and discard the bay leaf, and then add the vinegar and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with a dollop of coconut cream.

 

Instant Pot Suggestions

Press the “Saute” function, add the oil and diced onion to the pot. Once softened, add the rest of the ingredients (except the red wine vinegar, dill, and coconut cream) making sure to stir in the tomato paste well.  Secure the lid and make sure the valve is switched to the “sealing” position. Press “manual” and adjust the time to 15 minutes. When the time is up, wait another 10 minutes before releasing the pressure manually.

Remove the bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the vinegar, dill, and coconut cream to serve.

5 comments


  • Holly G Massaroni |

    Okay so I just made this last night and already have all the ingredients on my next grocery list. 10 out of 10 !! Love it. So flavorful.


  • Lynda |

    I’m from Winnipeg(no longer there) and my Mom & Dad used to make borscht together. It was SOOO delicious! I’ve been looking for a good vegetarian version that competes with theirs, so can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing!


  • Sarah |

    If I did want to make a version with stewing beef, any suggestions for that? I’m always looking for stewing beef recipes as it’s one cheaper cut I get from our grass only beef farm membership. Sear first? I love that the instant pot version would only take 15 minutes!


  • JMac |

    When I lived in Poland, I fell in love with Borscht, but have been intimidated to make it. Your recipe sounds quite easy and very tasty. Thank you for sharing!


  • JMac |

    When I lived in Poland, I fell in love with Borscht, but have been intimidated to make it. Your recipe sounds quite easy and very tasty. Thank you for sharing!


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