Vegetarian Borscht Recipe

Here is a simple vegetarian borscht recipe that tastes heavenly both hot and chilled. Borscht is a delicious and healthy soup prominently featuring red beetroots. 

Simple Vegetarian Borscht Recipe

Vegetarian Borscht Recipe

There are many variations of Borscht, the famous red Russian beetroot soup, that is so delicious and hearty. This is a simple, vegetarian version which has an amazingly deep and rich taste of red beetroots and carrots.

Usually caraway seeds are added as well, but since I didn’t have any I used a star anise which was actually perfect as well!

Serve the soup hot or chilled with a dollop of sour cream, or Greek yogurt. You can decorate with a few capers and chopped fresh dill on top if you like. Enjoy this hearty soup with a piece of fresh crispy bread to dunk in and scoop up the broth.

Puree the soup in a blender if you like a more smooth texture, but I prefer it a bit chunky as in the recipe.

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 5-6 medium red beetroots, peeled
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • ½ cup tomato juice
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds, (or 1 star anise)
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Here’s What You’ll Do

  1. Prepare the vegetables, and grate the beetroots and carrots (easiest in a food processor).
  2. Chop the onion.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  4. Gently saute the onion until translucent. Add the beets and carrots, tomato juice, stock and caraway seeds (or the star anise).
  5. Increase heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hr. Stir now and then.
  6. Add a dash of nutmeg, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  7. If you like the soup to be more “tangy”, add some freshly squeezed lemon or a little red wine vinegar, but try a little at a time, since the soup is very balanced as it is!
  8. Serve this veggie borscht hot or chilled, with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream on top.


You can also try adding some or more of the following ingredients as a variation:

  • Chopped white cabbage
  • 1-2 finely chopped potatoes
  • 1-2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbs red wine vinegar or juice of ½ a freshly squeezed lemon.


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