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Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm,Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin
Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm

Beef Borscht

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  • Level: Easy
Many countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Lithuania, claim borscht as their own. Though beets are non-negotiable, the other ingredients vary from region to region and cook to cook. While some versions are made with water, others feature homemade slow-simmer stock. This recipe uses prepared stock, as well as cooked beets and shredded cooked beef, as shortcuts, so the soup can be prepped in about 45 minutes.


  1. Sweat 1/2 head chopped cabbage and 2 each chopped celery stalks, leeks, carrots and parsnips in oil. Add thyme, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, a bay leaf and 10 cups beef broth; simmer 30 minutes. Add 4 diced roasted beets and 2 cups shredded cooked beef; simmer 15 minutes. Top with sour cream and dill.