For quite some time I wanted to try to cook Borsch. I’ve already described my love for beets, and I try to use them as often as I can because of theirs amazing health benefits. Every time I came across Borsch recipes, I was fascinated by its incredibly beautiful ruby color, but most of the recipes I found were too time-consuming. Therefore, I decided I was going to simplify it. So I made easy vegetarian Borsch. I simply cut and grated all the vegetables and gradually added them to the soup pot.
At the end I was positively surprised, because the soup tasted far better than what I was expecting. Actually, it is officially one of my favorite soups from now on. Its taste is as intense as its color. Most recipes for Borsch contain meat, and since I am not a big meat eater, I left the meat out. But if you like meat, you can add it and the soup will probably taste even better. The amazing thing with this dish is that it is one of the healthiest foods you could possibly put in your mouth. I modified the recipe I found here and made it with super healthy ingredients such as red cabbage, which is very low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients, red onion, sweet potatoes, carrots and, of course, beets. I serve it with yogurt, but you can easily skip it if you are vegan or lactose intolerant.
- ½ of one leek, thickly sliced
- 1 red onion, peeled, chopped
- 2 carrots, grounded
- ½ of medium sweet potato, chopped into chunks
- 2 beets, chopped into chunks
- 2 cups (about 200 grams) of red cabbage or regular cabbage, thickly sliced
- 8 cups (2 liters) of water
- 2 organic vegetable soup cubes
- yogurt to serve
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Chop onion, beets and sweet potato. Thickly slice leek and cabbage and ground carrots.
- Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add in onions and cook for a few minutes, or until they are soft and brown. Then stir in carrots and leeks.
- Pour in water and add soup cubes, chunks of sweet potatoes and beets. Cook for 10 minutes and then add cabbage. Cook for 10 more minutes.
- Serve with goat yogurt or sour cream.