Borscht Recipe


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David Mamedov's Borscht Recipe

David Mamedov
Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Servings 6 servings


For the base:

  • 1 medium to large beet, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • Tbsp. ketchup
  • ⅓-½ Tbsp. salt
  • 14 cups chicken stock (can sub salted water)
  • ½ large cabbage, cored and shredded
  • medium to large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar or honey (optional)

For the toppings:

  • Fresh dill, to taste
  • Sour cream, to taste


  • Shred beet and carrots and set aside while you melt butter over medium heat in a large pan. Dice and sauté onion until soft and translucent, but not browned. Add shredded beet and carrots and stir in ketchup and salt.
  • Cook for about 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until a strong, fragrant aroma arises. Remove from heat.
  • In a separate pot, bring chicken stock to a gentle boil. Add shredded cabbage and cook 2-3 minutes until the cabbage just starts to soften.
  • Add potatoes and cook an additional 4-5 minutes until fork tender. To this pot, add the carrot and beet mixture and return to a simmer for no longer than 1 minute to draw out the deep red color.
  • Remove from heat, add lemon juice, and taste, adding sugar or honey to lessen acidity until you reach a slightly sweet/savory flavor. To draw out full flavor and color, refrigerate soup overnight before serving. Garnish with fresh dill and sour cream.
Keyword borscht, Soup
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