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Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Prep Time:

25 minutes

Cook Time:

40 minutes


10 Servings



About the Recipe

This borscht recipe is delicious, nutritious, and full of flavor.



  • 1 (16 ounce) package pork sausage

  • 3 medium beets, peeled and shredded

  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded

  • 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • ½ medium head cabbage, cored and shredded

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 8 ¾ cups water, divided, or as needed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ cup sour cream, for topping

  • freshly chopped dill or parsley for garnish



  1. Crumble sausage into a skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  2. Fill a large pot halfway with water (about 8 cups) and bring to a boil.

  3. Add sausage to pot, cover pot, and return to a boil. Add beets and simmer for 10 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes and continue to cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes more. Stir in cabbage and tomatoes.

  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender. Stir in tomato paste and remaining 3/4 cup water until well blended; transfer to the pot.

  5. Add garlic to the soup, cover, and turn off the heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with sour cream and dill.

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