Beet Borscht Soup Recipe

This 30-minute Beet Borscht Soup Recipe is a simplified version of the classic Russian Borscht. The soup is so healthy and loaded with vegetables in a delicious soup base. Beets with cabbage and potatoes with herbs and seasonings – so GOOD!

This beet soup is pure comfort food, just like a good chicken casserole with homemade dinner rolls!

Borscht soup in a Dutch oven with a ladle and topped with green herbs.

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borscht soup-

My sister-in-law Kristen introduced me to this version of borscht and once you try it, it is going to become a new favorite with you as well. Not only is it so much easier to make, but it also tastes just as wonderful as the traditional version! The combination of beets with potatoes, carrots, pepper, celery and of course cabbage makes for an amazing soup. It’s packed with nutrients and vitamins from all the vegetables.

I love saving time! Try my friend’s simplified version of classic cabbage rolls, she’s a genius.

All of the vegetables shredded and cubed in bowls on a platter.

what goes into a beet soup-

BEETS- Beets are the main ingredients in borscht. You want to use uncooked beets and grate them.

CABBAGE- For best results, use white cabbage with softer leaves. TIP: If you don’t want the cabbage really soft, add it into the soup later than indicated. NOTE: For even shredding use this mandoline slicer

POTATOES- Idaho, Russet or Yukon gold are all great potatoes for the soup.

VEGETABLES- Since this is a vegetable soup, I like adding onion, celery and red pepper; you can add whichever veggies you personally like.

SEASONINGS- Sugar is an unexpected ingredient you’d think, but, it balances the flavors and is wonderful in the soup along with the salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice. (P.S. If you love Vegeta, you can add some as well and cut back on the salt.)

HERBS- We love a ton of herbs in the soup, and typically add more than the indicated proportions. You can use any herbs you love with great results.

Beet borscht soup recipe in a bowl topped with sour cream and fresh greens.

30-minute beet soup-

Okay, this soup will be completely ready in under 30 minutes if you will follow the recipe, I am being serious. Basically, as the initial vegetables are cooking, you prep the next ones, adding them as they’re prepped, saving time this way.

NOTE: This recipe doesn’t have meat, however, if your spouse absolutely MUST have meat in the soup, add some cooked diced ham to the soup or leftover chicken meat.

Red beet soup recipe topped with fresh herbs in a sauce pot.

how long will borscht soup last?

Borscht soup gets better as it sits, this soup can be refrigerated up to 5 days.

how do I reheat borscht?

To reheat the borsch, don’t reheat all the soup if you don’t need it all. Reheat the amount of soup needed in a saucepan. 

what is borscht soup served with?

Serve soup with a dollop of sour cream or mayo and fresh herbs.

Borscht recipe in a bowl oven topped with fresh greens and sour cream.

Make a large pot of the beet soup and enjoy it for days! It’s great for when you know you’ll be busy and don’t have to worry about what to make. Don’t forget to leave us feedback in the comments below, we love hearing from you. 🙂

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Beet Borscht Soup Recipe

This is a simplified and easier version of the classic Russian Borscht without meat. So easy to make and loaded with beets, cabbage, potatoes and herbs, this soup is wonderful!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: borscht, borscht recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 medium uncooked beets, shredded
  • 1/2 red pepper, cubed
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 head white cabbage, shredded (4 cups)
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp dill, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped


  • Finely chop the onion and shred the carrots.
  • In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, heat the oil and butter. Add the onions and carrots and saute until tender, about 5 min.
  • Meanwhile, finely chop the celery, cube the pepper, grate the beets and dice the tomatoes.
  • Add to the Dutch oven and saute another 5 minutes, stirring as needed.
  • Mix in the garlic.
  • Add the broth, water, bay leaves, potatoes and bring to a soft boil.
  • Meanwhile, grate the cabbage.
  • Add the cabbage, salt, pepper and sugar to the soup.
  • Cook 12-15 minutes.
  • Once the potatoes and cabbage are tender, add the lemon juice and herbs.
  • Enjoy, friends.
Nutrition Facts
Beet Borscht Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 1207mg52%
Potassium 737mg21%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2960IU59%
Vitamin C 53.6mg65%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 14 Comments
  • Bill Cassatta 12/20/2019, 6:16 am Link Reply

    Great recipe. I made it today. I loved it. Anxious to hear what my kids will say tonight.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/20/2019, 10:11 am Link Reply

      Bill, I’m so glad to hear that. I hope they love the borscht, this is the only version my kids eat. 🙂

  • Alison 12/20/2019, 12:39 am Link Reply

    Loved this! I didn’t have fresh herbs so I used dry. And I used a can of petite diced tomatoes instead of the fresh and it worked great! Thank you for a very tasty and easy recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/20/2019, 10:06 am Link Reply

      Alison, that’s wonderful! Dry herbs work great as well. We often substitute for canned tomatoes, especially during the winter days.
      Thanks for giving our recipe a try!

  • Tanya 12/12/2019, 3:37 pm Link Reply

    I have made this borsh at least 3 times and am making it again today. So delicious, quick, just so so good! Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/12/2019, 6:23 pm Link Reply

      Your comment just makes me so happy, Tanya. And thank you for giving our recipe a try..

  • Katelyn 11/12/2019, 6:27 pm Link Reply

    Made this delicious soup today! Tastes like the original borscht except so much easier to prepare. Had it for supper with some french bread:)

    • Valentina's Corner 11/12/2019, 7:28 pm Link Reply

      I’m so so glad you enjoyed the soup, Katelyn. After this version. It’s so much harder to go back to the original, haha.

  • Dolores 09/16/2019, 1:37 pm Link Reply

    Can this soup be frozen ?

    • Valentina's Corner 09/16/2019, 9:20 pm Link Reply

      Yes, you definitely may. Add to a freezer-safe Tupperware and free up to 2 months. Thaw and reheat as needed

  • Carli 08/30/2019, 7:11 am Link Reply

    Love that you published my niece’s recipe whom I love so much!
    This looks absolutely scrumptious and very different from other borst I’ve prepared. Getting ready to sow beet seeds so hope to have an abundance of this yummy root. Eager to try Kristen version!
    …Carli in Hot’lanta♡
    PS… hope to meet you soon Valentina!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/30/2019, 12:17 pm Link Reply

      So nice to have you visit our online home, Kristen’s aunt. 🙂 I hope you give this borscht a try and love it as much as we do.

  • Olga 06/01/2019, 5:26 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe Valentina! It turned out wonderful and it was nice to cook everything up in one pot, making cleanup quicker as well. Thank you again!

    • Valentina's Corner 06/02/2019, 12:51 am Link Reply

      What a great way to describe the borscht. I love it, Olga. Thanks for sharing your feedback, stop back and visit our online home again. 🙂

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