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Posted by / Sunday, January 3, 2016

Borscht #SundaySupper

Easy to make Beef Borscht is packed full of veggies and a healthy dinner option with under 400 calories per serving.

Hot Borscht soup has been a long time winter favorite of mine for as long as I can remember, even as a kid I loved a huge healthy bowl of the hearty goodness.
I'm not sure if it's just a deep part of my bohemian genes or the gorgeous inviting colors, but it's definitely a soup that warms my soul.
Borscht is a great recipe if your looking to reduce your grocery budget in the new year with only 10 ingredients that are mainly kitchen staples, and really easy to make.
It's also around 400 calories a serving, under 500 if you add a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt so it's perfect if one of your New Years resolutions is healthier eating.
I adapted this recipe from my Dad's wife Anna, she's from Uzbekistan so when I was looking for a  Borscht recipe she gave me a few authentic tips.
She told me you can use beef or pork in the Borscht, and either is really tasty.
I've tried it both ways, and they are equally delicious, but I think beef is my favorite.
She adds less beets then I do, but I find the kids devour the soup even with more beets, so it's a great way to sneak in a few extra veggies in.
I believe she uses fresh tomatoes, but I prefer canned tomatoes in the winter, since tomatoes this time of year aren't as ripe.
 I could have that mixed up, because I couldn't find my notes on Borscht, and made it strictly from memory this time.
I couldn't think of a better dish to kick off the first of the year, and also celebrate national Sunday Supper month, but something hearty, healthy, and delicious! 

In a large soup pot add 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1 whole Diced Onion.
Sauté until onion starts to caramelize.
Stir in 3 cloves Minced Garlic and add 1 pound Cubed Beef Stew Meat.
Season meat generously with 1 teaspoon of Salt and Pepper.
Brown Stew Meat on both sides.
Stir in 4 Small Sized Peeled and Grated Beets, 2 whole Grated Carrots, 5 small Peeled and Diced Russet Potatoes, 1/2 Medium Sized Cabbage (Shredded), 4 cups Beef Stock, 14.5 ounces Diced Tomatoes With Juice and 6 cups Water.
Stir until well combined and then bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to low and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours, or until beef is tender.
Taste soup and add additional Salt and Pepper if needed to taste.
Beef Borscht is a healthy, hearty dinner or lunch with under 500 calories per serving.
Garnish with a a generous dollop of Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt if desired, and lots of fresh Chopped Dill.

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Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Healthy, easy to make beef Borscht is a great, easy to make soup with under 500 calories per serving from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: PT15M
Cook time: PT1H30M
Total time: PT1H45M
Yield: 6 Servings
Calories per serving: 395
Fat per serving: 7g
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Onion, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 pound Beef Stew Meat, Cut Bite Size Pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 5 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled and Cubed
  • 4 whole Raw Beets, Peeled and Grated (Small/Medium)
  • 2 whole Carrots, Grated
  • 1/2 whole Green Cabbage, Shredded (Small/Medium)
  • 4 cups Beef Stock
  • 14.5 ounces Canned Diced Tomatoes With Juice
  • 6 cups Water
  • Additional Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • For Serving: Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt and Chopped Fresh Dill Cooking Directions

  1. In a large soup pot add olive oil and onion. Sauté onion over medium-high heat until onion starts to caramelize. Stir in garlic, and add stew meat. Season with a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Brown stew meat on both sides.
  2. Stir in potatoes, grated beets, grated carrots, green cabbage, beef stock, diced tomatoes, and water. Stir until well combined.
  3. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours, until beef is tender.
  4. Taste soup and add additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  5. Garnish with sour cream or greek yogurt, and fresh dill if desired when serving.
Beef Borscht is an easy to make healthy soup with under 400 calories preserving 500 with greek yogurt or sour cream.

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  1. I think my husband would love this version of borscht. Thanks

  2. This looks wonderful! I wonder if I can figure a vegetarian version... I'd love to make it!

  3. I LOVE this! We love beets. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks fabulous, Serena! I'm a huge fan of beets, so would inhale your soup!

  5. This looks delicious! Such a beautiful color.

  6. I was supposed to be making beet soup tonight but the store was completely out of beets! (Well, there were some organic golden ones that looked pretty sad) I like the addition of beef in here.

  7. My mom and grandma LOVE this soup! Can't wait to make it

  8. I haven't had borscht in forever! It's so tasty! And yours looks amazing. Definitely going to have to make a batch of this this winter.

  9. I adore beets and borscht is one of my favorites. Mine is a veggie version so I'm looking forward to trying yours out. It sounds amazing!

  10. I adore beets and borscht is one of my favorites. Mine is a veggie version so I'm looking forward to trying yours out. It sounds amazing!

  11. Your Borscht looks delicious with a vibrant color!Looks like the perfect recipe to start the new year with!

  12. We have a Romanian friend who taught me how to make his version of borscht. It's delicious with cabbage and potatoes. There seems to be quite a lot of variations and I'm sure they're all delicious!

  13. I was SO wrong about what went into Borscht. I thought it was just beets and liquid. WOW...this looks fabulous!

  14. This looks great! I learnt to make borscht when I was in Russia and there it was a lamb stock base and no tomato - funny how these things can vary. But all tasty and this sounds delicious as well.



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