Chilled Borscht Soup

    2 hours 20 minutes

    This Russian dish is one of the great chilled soups of the world. Enjoy it on a hot day with a garnish of diced cucumber and sour cream.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 4 medium beetroot
    • 4 cups (1L) beef stock
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 cucumber - peeled, seeded, and diced
    • 1/2 cup sour cream

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Extra time:1hour chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours20min 

    1. Remove stems and leaves from beetroot, but leave on skins. In a deep pot, cover beetroot with cold water and bring to a boil. Boil until fork tender, about 40 minutes.
    2. Drain beetroot but reserve two cups of the liquid. Strain the liquid and add to a large saucepan. Remove skin from beetroot. Grate beetroot through the coarsest blade of a grater. Add to beetroot liquid.
    3. Add beef stock, onion, salt, pepper and vinegar. Bring to a boil, and then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat.
    4. Chill in refrigerator for one hour or until cold. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with cucumber and a big spoonful of sour cream.

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    This was my first time to even cook a beet. It turned out great! I went exactly by the recipe and would not change a thing.  -  09 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was easy and simple... I modified it by buying cooked beetroot in my Tesco produce section and then just softened the onions with the beef broth. Then I just blended it all in my blender. I also added cooked ground (minced) steak which i lined the bottom of my bowl with and poured the delicious hot pureed soup on top. The dollop of sour cream was lovely and i swirled it in each bowl before serving for presentation purposes. This is not only great chilled but also quite delicious hot... great recipe!  -  01 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Made this for a party and got rave reviews. I loved that it is a very simple recipe so you can really taste the beets. The amount of red wine vinegar is perfect!  -  18 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)