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Red Beet Borscht

Updated February 23, 2016
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Published by Provecho Press

Because Central Asia is so cold, the people rely on culinary staples that are substantial and warm. The vodka helps, but a hearty root-vegetable soup like borscht gives the body a nourishing zip. First the beets are cooked whole to make a broth. Then other vegetables are added and all are cooked to make a colorful, richly flavored soup that gets even better the next day. To make cleanup easy, chop and clean the vegetables on a newspaper; to make the job faster, chop them in a food processor.

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Serves6

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, high fiber, kosher, low cholesterol, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Mealdinner

Moodblue

Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, savory, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishhot soup, soup

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets (500 g) whole, leaves and stems discarded
  • 10 cups (2½ L) water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 3 medium Yukon gold or white potatoes (12 ounces or 350 g), peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated (about 1½ cups)
  • ¼ medium-head green cabbage, finely shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Sour cream or crème fraîche

Instructions

Put whole beets and water into a large pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft.

Stir in tomato and cook a few more minutes.

Add onion and tomato mix, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to soup pot, cover, and cook over low heat 1 hour.

Remove cooked beets with a fork and rinse under cold water to cool. Peel and grate.

Stir grated beets, dill, and parsley into soup; continue cooking 10 minutes to blend flavors.

Serve garnished with sour cream or crème fraîche.

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Sounds wonderfully healthy...and flavorful. I'm wondering if this could freeze without altering the texture.??

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