Russian Borscht Beet Soup

I had never had beet soup until this evening. I’m not a big fan of beets and yet I liked this soup. My friend Swati called it Russian Borscht soup.


About the recipe

I had this beet soup at my friend Swati’s home back in December when we went for Christmas Eve dinner. Swati had wanted to make a red-themed dinner and on the menu was  beet soup, beet salad, vegetarian lasagna, mushroom quiche, and fondue with homemade bread for appetizers.

As I mentioned I’m not a fan of beets yet I liked this beet soup! It’s yummy with the flavors of onions and garlic, creamy from the potatoes, and sweet from the beets. So yummy that I asked Swati for her soup recipe. Swati called it Russian Borscht Soup and this is what she shared. I modified the recipe slightly to add a few cloves of garlic. Here it is.


Swati’s Borscht Beet Soup:
makes 8 servings


  • 4 large beets
  • 2 medium red skin potatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Sour cream


  • Peel beets, potatoes and onions, and cut them into quarters. In a pressure cooker, cook beets, potatoes, and onion all together until tender.
  • Blend all the cooked vegetables and chopped fresh tomatoes in blender. Add 1-cup water as needed to bring to a thick soup consistency.
  • In a large pot heat 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté garlic until tender. Add the pureed beet vegetables. Add salt and pepper and 2 cups broth. Cook for additional 20-30 minutes adding more broth as needed for a soup consistency that you want.
  • Add juice of 1 lemon and chopped red cabbage and stir-in. Soup is ready.
  • Serve warm with dollop of sour cream.

Happy Soup Day!

3 thoughts on “Russian Borscht Beet Soup”

  1. I remember this soup Swati makes! Love the soup and the color.
    Thanks for posting it. Will make it soon. Or better still will ask Swati to make it!

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