Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup – Red Borscht

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

Pork Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 40 minutes

Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup is one pot, easy and healthy. Also, it’s hearty, delicious, full of vitamins and can be made vegan or vegetarian.

Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup

The Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup has a very nice red color that comes from the beets. Actually you can’t even taste the beets, they get soft and tender, so the soup will acquire their beautiful color and their sweet flavor. This healthy and full of vitamins roasted red beet soup aka red borscht is not only delicious, but good for you waist too! The traditional version is made with cabbage not beans. However, I wanted to increase the protein in mine so I used cannelini beans here.

The soup is also very easy to make, its that “One Pot” type of meal. Also, for a shortcut, now some stores like BJ, or Trader Joe’s sell pre-packaged roasted red beets, which is such a time saver. However, make sure they don’t have any vinegar. If you are using store bought roasted red beets you are cutting the cooking time in half. Also, the soup will be ready in under one hour.

What is “Red Borscht” aka Red Beet Soup?

Borsch is a famous soup in many Eastern European and Central European countries. The recipes for red borsch vary, but it is always made with beetroot. That is how it gets its trademark deep reddish-purple color. The red borscht is usually served topped with sour cream.

Can you make Vegetarian “Red Borscht”?

This soup can be made vegetarian or actually vegan. I used pork in mine, because that’s how I prefer. For a vegetarian version, just skip the meat and double the bean portion. Similarly, you can add some chickpeas. Also, for a vegan/vegetarian version substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth. For the vegetarian version I recommend using extra beans and cabbage. It adds so much texture, and it’s also very filling.

Is Red Borscht good for you?

The soup is traditionally packed with veggies, so its hearty, filling and packed with protein and fiber. If you don’t serve it with too much sour cream and use lean meat in the cooking, this soup will be considered a very healthy meal.

Can you taste the beets in beetroot soup?

No, you can’t. The beets usually are grated and cooked, they end up flavoring the soup, adding sweetness and tenderness, but you can’t taste the beets.

This roasted red beet bean soup is a nice way to make your children eat their veggies. Also, they will love the beautiful color, and one of my friends tells her children that this is strawberry soup and they love it!

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5 from 7 reviews

Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup with Pork

One pot, easy and heathy red beet bean soup otherwise called Red Borscht, is hearty, delicious, full of vitamins and can be made vegan or vegetarian.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 1 hr



Nutrition information

0 Calories: 346 Carbohydrates: 29 Protein: 19 Fat: 17 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 35 Sodium: 1136 Potassium: 1390 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 11 Vitamin A: 6035 Vitamin C: 60.9 Calcium: 81 Iron: 4.9


For vegan / vegetarian version skip the meat, add beans of choice (make sure you rinse canned beans under cols water, before adding to the soup). Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

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I’m going to try this ASAP! Sounds fabulous. One question -can the pork be subbed with chicken?


Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen

What a great recipe, I finely planted beets this year so I plan on trying your recipe. Thanks


Rachel @ Simple Seasonal

What a good looking and hearty soup! I've never actually added beets to a soup. I'm going to have to give it a try!


Razena |

I have never used beets in soup before but think this can be great as a vegetarian soup.


Razena, this is a delicious vegetarian soup, the meat is can be substituted for beans, and it tastes delicious!


Molly Kumar

Looks like a simple bowl of comfort and with the autumn slowly approaching at our place, this looks like a great option.


J @ A Hot Southern Mess

Yummy! This soup looks and sounds delicious and I bet that the pork os oh so tender :)


Brian Jones

I love borscht and surprisingly it is not that common or popular out here in Eastern Hungary, fortunately we grow lots of beets in our garden so have no problem getting our fill!


Brian, you have to put those beets to good use :)


Hillary Reeves

This looks like such a fun twist to get my same comfort food feeling that I do from pot roast, without my having to pull out the same old recipe yet again, haha!


Faye Wilkerson

Looks delicious. Love that it is loaded with vegetables.


Yes, its so healthy and good!


Platter Talk

Brilliant use of flavors for this savory one pot wonder; thanks so much for sharing!!


Patti @

Homemade soup is comfort food at it's best. Thanks for sharing!



I love homemade soups, especially during the winter!


Soup is the best comfort food :)


Oana @AdoreFoods

I do love a good one pot recipe and yours looks so good! Perfect fall comfort food :) Thanks for sharing it


Ciao Florentina

What a fabulous comforting combo ! 5 stars all day girl!


thanks girl!



This looks amazing .. I can't wait to try this!!! Amazing pics!!


Thank you Heather!


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