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Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup – Red Borscht

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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.

Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup Ukrainian BorschtThe roasted red beet bean soup has a very nice red color that comes from the beets, and 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, but I wanted to increase the protein in mine so I used cannelini beans here.

This roasted red beet bean soup is also very easy to make, its that “One Pot” type of meal, and for a shortcut, now some stores like BJ, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s sell pre-packaged roasted red beets, which is such a time saver, 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 and 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 mad with beetroot, thats how it gets its trademark deep reddish-purple color. The red borscht is usually served topped with sour cream.

Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup Ukrainian Borscht

Can you make Vegetarian “Red Borscht”?

This soup can be made vegetarian or actually vegan. I used pork in mine, because thats how I prefer it and thats how my husband loves it. For a vegetarian version, just skip the meat and double the bean portion, or you can add some chickpeas as well. Also for a vegan/vegetarian version substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth, and you will see, you will lick your bowl clean – its that good! For the vega/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.

Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup Ukrainian BorschtThis is the type of meal that reminds me of childhood, we still love it dearly and even when its 90F outside I still love to have a bowl. For the last three weeks I made a huge pot of this soup every single Saturday, but didn’t get a chance to snap some pictures until last one. We like it so much that the soup is gone by the end of the day. This roasted red beet bean soup is a nice way to make your children eat their veggies, 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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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.


  • 1 lb pork lion cubed in 2x2 inch pieces
  • 6 small or 3 large red beets
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 4 carrots peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup cooked cannellini beans / 3 cups for vegan vegetarian version can be substituted with chickpeas
  • 3 small onions peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 8 cups chicken broth / vegetable broth for vegan or vegetarian version
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream - to serve
  • parsley - for garnish


  1. If using raw beets, wash them and roast them in the oven at 375F for 40 minutes, turning once mid cooking. Once the beets are tender, remove from oven, peel and grate.
  2. If using store bought roasted or boiled beets, grate them and set aside.
  3. In a large soup pot, over medium heat add the canola oil, once the oil is hot add the meat and brown it. Once the meat started to brown, add the chopped onions and garlic, cook until onions start to soften and get golden brown.
  4. Add the shredded beets and carrots and cook for 10 minutes, until carrots start to get tender.
  5. Add the tomato paste, chopped tomato, and chopped bell peppers, salt and pepper to taste and the lemon juice, stir and add the chicken stock, cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add 6 cups of chicken broth, bay leaves and potatoes, cook on low heat until potatoes are tender, but not crumbly. Once the potatoes are cooked, rinse the beans under cold water and add to the soup. Stir everything gently, taste and adjust for salt and pepper.

  7. To make the soup more tangy, add a little more lemon juice. If the soup is too thick add more broth.

  8. Let the soup boil for 3 minutes on low heat and remove from heat.
  9. Serve with sour cream and fresh chopped parsley.
Recipe Notes

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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42 comments on “Roasted Red Beet Bean Soup – Red Borscht”

  1. This looks like the perfect one pot meal for September, Katalina! I love beets but never cook with them! I definitely need to change that after seeing this recipe. Sounds delicious!

  2. Oh yeah. You had me at one pot. Any meal that makes getting dinner on the table a little easier is a winner for me, for sure. This looks so hearty and warm and a great way to get all those veggies in!

  3. I am a loyal fan of one pot meals. This looks fantastic!

  4. Wow,this looks so yummy. Definitely going to pin this for soup weather!

  5. This is a perfect meal! I bet the left-overs the next day are amazing (if there is any).

  6. I could eat soup for every meal. Thank you for sharing so I can add to my list.

  7. Beets are so nutritious but you definitely need a creative recipe such as this to entice your palate. This Borscht stew makes my mouth water. Beautiful!

  8. I LOVE beets so much and I can’t believe that I’ve never had borscht! It sounds so delicious with or without meat. I think I would like the cabbage in there too! And I would never skip sour cream! 🙂

  9. I love soup! Just about any kind. I look forward to giving this a try, very soon (well, as soon as our weather cools down a bit).

  10. Are you serious? Wow – this looks amazingly delicious. I love every ingredient you’ve put into this recipe. Yum!

  11. That is a good looking soup! Love soups all winter long and this could be a good candidate for the upcoming fall!

  12. Great recipe. It looks like the perfect fall dish….we’re rapidly approaching soup season and I can’t wait!

  13. Yes please! I have a bunch of beets I need to find something to do with… I think I found it! Delish!

  14. I love the one pot meal. I don’t usually cook with beets but this is an inspiration to try. Thank you!

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

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

  17. 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!

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

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

  20. Yummy! This soup looks and sounds delicious and I bet that the pork os oh so tender 🙂

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. Looks delicious. Love that it is loaded with vegetables.

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

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

  26. I love homemade soups, especially during the winter!

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

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

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

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