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overhead shot of two bowls of Russian Beetroot Soup with croutons

Beetroot Soup Russian Style

Got fresh beets? Make this easy Russian Beetroot Soup! A light, yet hearty veggie soup that requires minimal prep time and can be served warm or cold.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Keyword beetroot soup recipe, borscht recipe, Russian beetroot soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 101 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 2 pounds beets washed and peeled
  • 8 cups water for boiling
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup celery finely diced
  • 3 cups stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Croutons for serving ( you can find my recipe in this post: )


  1. Place a large pot with the water over high heat and add in the beets. Let the beets cook for half an hour to one hour until it’s tender enough for you to grate.
  2. In the meantime, start making the soup so it can concentrate the flavors. Sauté the onion, garlic, and celery. Then add the stock, seasoning and let that boil for at least ten minutes.
  3. Remove the beets from the boiling water and let them cool for a little bit until they’re cool enough for you to handle.
  4. Start grating the beets and add them to the soup base.
  5. The beets need to cook for 20-30 minutes further until they have a nice tender bite.
  6. Add the vinegar and parley to finish off the beetroot soup and serve it with some croutons!
  7. If you like topping your soup, sour cream is the best option! Enjoy :)

Recipe Notes

  • Some people like to add turnips, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and more veggie goodness to their beetroot soup and you can go ahead and do just that. 
  • You can use any stock you like, beef, vegetable or chicken.
  • This recipe requires fresh beets, so don't use pickled!
  • Along with the croutons, you can also serve some sour cream in a separate bowl or added into the plate with borsch right before serving it.
Nutrition Facts
Beetroot Soup Russian Style
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl without croutons)
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 692mg30%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.