Heartwarming Polish Borscht Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Heartwarming Polish Borscht Recipe

Polish Borscht is a traditional soup cherished for its vibrant color, hearty warmth, and rich taste. Made primarily from beetroots, this soup embodies a beautiful blend of vegetables and spices, delivering a comforting meal that warms the heart.

Most Popular Ways of Serving Polish Borscht

  • Enjoyed with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
  • Served over mashed potatoes or with a side of rye bread.
  • Accompanied by Uszka (small dumplings), especially during the Christmas Eve meal.
  • As a starter dish in a traditional Polish meal.

My Tips to Make Polish Borscht

  • Use fresh beetroots for a vibrant color and rich taste.
  • Allow the soup to simmer gently to melt the flavors without losing the bright color.
  • For a deeper flavor, consider roasting the beetroots before adding them to the soup.

Spices for the Best Polish Borscht

  • Bay leaves
  • Allspice berries
  • Fresh dill
  • Black peppercorns

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Heartwarming Polish Borscht Recipe

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: Recipe bookCuisine: PolishDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 medium 4 beetroots, peeled and grated

  • 1 1 carrot, grated

  • 1 1 parsnip, grated

  • 1 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 6 cups 6 vegetable broth

  • 2 2 bay leaves

  • 4 4 -5 allspice berries

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh dill and sour cream for garnishing


  • Prepare the Vegetables:
  • In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic until translucent, then add the grated beetroots, carrot, and parsnip, and continue sautéing for a few more minutes.
  • Add Broth and Spices:
  • Pour in the vegetable broth, add bay leaves, allspice berries, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Simmer:
  • Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for about 30-40 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Adjust Seasonings:
  • Taste the soup and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Remove the bay leaves and allspice berries.
  • Serve:
  • Serve hot, garnished with fresh dill and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

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Can I use meat broth instead of vegetable broth?

Yes, beef or chicken broth can be used for a richer flavor.

What other vegetables can I add to Polish borscht?

Some variations include adding cabbage, potatoes, or tomatoes.

Can I make this soup in advance?

Absolutely, the flavors often deepen when made a day ahead.

How should I store leftover borscht?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze Polish borscht?

Yes, it can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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