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Borscht Soup

40 min


One-bowl / one-pot


We've taken inspiration from Borscht, sometimes also called borsch, borsht, or bortsch. It's a traditional beetroot soup originating from Ukraine and enjoyed in several countries in East Europe and Northern Asia. Traditionally, potatoes, meat, and/or beans are added to the soup, but we've made our own twist by adding apple and celery instead.



40 min


15 min


25 min

Free from

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  • ½
  • 3
    medium raw beets, peeled
  • 1
    medium onion
  • 1
  • 1
    red bell pepper
  • 1
    celery rib (optional)
  • 1 cup (70 g)
    shredded red cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups (960 mL)
    low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 3 Tbsp (3 g)
    fresh dill
  • 2 Tbsp (33 g)
    tomato paste
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    pickle juice (optional)
  • 2 tsp (4 g)
    ground coriander
  • 1 pinch
    salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper, to taste

Optional garnish

  • fresh dill
  • vegan sour cream


  1. Shred the apple and all the veggies using the shredding disk of a food processor, or using a box grater.
  2. Add the oil to a large pot on medium-high heat. When hot, add the garlic and all the shredded vegetables. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients. Stir and cook, partially covered, at a simmer until the beets are soft, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaves.
  5. Serve and top with desired garnishes. Enjoy!


  • Can substitute every 4 cups of vegetable stock with 2 vegetable bouillon cubes plus 4 cups (1 L) water.
  • Can substitute 1 Tbsp of dried dill for every 3 Tbsp of fresh dill.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Rút - March 25, 2024, 2:39 p.m.

Do you need double shred the red cabbage? It says to “shred the apple and all the veggies”. Listed below are all the veggies, which include (already) shredded red cabbage. Does it need to be super fine, shredding twice?

PUL Team - March 28, 2024, 5:34 a.m.

Hey Rút, no need to double shred the cabbage. If you've got a head of cabbage, simply shred that until you've got about a cups worth of shredded cabbage 😊

Rút - March 28, 2024, 10:31 p.m.

Great will try that, thanks.

Sara - March 17, 2024, 2:50 a.m.

Super tasty! Beetroot soup has always been my dad’s favourite meal, so there is some nostalgia having this. I was missing some of the ingredients, but even with a little improvisation it still turned out really nice. Keen to try it out again with all the proper ingredients!

PUL Team - March 18, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

How wonderful to hear, Sara! Love to hear when recipes connect with us in a personal way. Happy cooking 🫶

Elyse - Jan. 13, 2024, 2:13 a.m.

Truly amazing! I love borscht and have been in the hunt for a good vegan version. I had a Ukrainian roommate when I was in semester abroad and the flavor of this borscht reminds me a lot of his. Similar to Sanger’s comment below, I added a tad more tomato paste and since I had kidney beans on hand (and the color matched!) I added them in for protein. Thanks, Sadia, and PUL! This is a very necessary January immunity boost :)

PUL Team - Jan. 13, 2024, 7:38 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your connection to the recipe, Elyse! We're so happy that the Borscht Soup was enjoyed 🤗

LW - July 6, 2023, 9:40 p.m.

Absolutely favorite dish!

Viktoria - June 27, 2023, 9:06 a.m.

Hi Sadia! I am from Ukraine, and want to thank you for sharing your version of our traditional dish. I love borshch very much and really enjoyed your recipe. It’s so delicious, full of different tastes and textures. True Ukrainian Borshch! 😎🤘🏻

PUL Team - June 27, 2023, 9:20 p.m.

Awe we're so happy to hear, Viktoria! Sending an abundance of love your way 🤗

Sanger - June 13, 2023, 9:27 p.m.

I’m a fan of Borscht soup and wanted to try to make it myself. This is now hands down one of my favorite soups to make thanks to this recipe. The taste is next level… I kept going back for more. Does it take a while to grate everything, yep… but it’s worth it. I added more tomato paste than suggested and also added the white beans for some extra protein.

PUL Team - June 14, 2023, 1:53 a.m.

Awe such a big compliment, Sanger, thank you! Thank you 🤗

Julia - May 11, 2023, 8:40 a.m.

A delicious version of a borsch. Thank you for the nice recipe 😋

Jessica - Feb. 11, 2023, 6:53 p.m.

Hey Sadia! Thank you for that recipe! Watching your video reminded me of my home. My parents moved from Ukraine to Germany and we often ate Borsch. After I moved to study, I did not eat this soup for years! Your video was an inspiration for me to try it my one way. :)

PUL Team - Feb. 12, 2023, 12:09 a.m.

It means so much, Jessica, thank you for taking the time to share! Food can be such a beautiful connection to home and those we love 💛

Jessica - Feb. 13, 2023, 12:12 p.m.


Anna Dolgos - Feb. 10, 2023, 11:07 a.m.

The perfect vegan alternative to the original. As my grandmother was Russian, I grew up eating this soup all the time. It was great to find a vegan version of it so that I could make it for myself now. Tasted amazing, was simple to follow and everybody loved it in my family!

PUL Team - Feb. 10, 2023, 9:29 p.m.

Awe love the personal connect to it! So thrilled to hear, Anna :D

Sonia - Feb. 9, 2023, 11:06 p.m.

I can feel this soup healing me from the inside out. It is so delicious and I love the texture of it too!

Lydia - April 16, 2022, 6:16 p.m.

Thanks for posting this recipe! If I wanted to add potatoes, would I shred them and add them in when you add in all remaining ingredients? Or with the carrots and celery?

PUL Team - April 16, 2022, 8:25 p.m.

Hey Lydia, you can shred or slice the potatoes and add them with the carrots and celery. We hope you enjoy the soup!

DEBORAH - March 30, 2022, 1:27 a.m.

This borscht soup was absolutely delish!!! Thanks for the recipe. We are going to have this often!

PUL Team - March 30, 2022, 3:57 a.m.

We're so happy it's being enjoyed, Deborah!

Tamar - Feb. 27, 2022, 12:32 p.m.

This soup is delicious. What are some ways I could add more plant based protein to it?

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 7:27 p.m.

Hey Tamar, so glad it's being enjoyed! Some ideas are topping it with plant-based Greek yogurt, adding beans, lentils or spinach to the soup, or serving it with some whole grain bread 😃

Heather - Jan. 15, 2022, 8:24 p.m.

Loved this recipe! Thank you for making this! I blended it with my immersion blender and added a bunch of fresh cilantro. Still is a crunchy soup and delicious. Love your site and you tube channel. I watch it a lot and have made a lot of your recipes. Haven’t had a bad one yet!!

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 8:37 p.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Heather, and it means so much that the PUL content is being enjoyed!

Tomoko - Jan. 8, 2022, 8:08 p.m.

This is another great recipe and I have been repeating it!! Thank you for sharing such a great one.

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:03 a.m.

Woop woop! So glad to hear, Tomoko 😊

Patricia - Dec. 31, 2021, 2:13 a.m.

Loved it!
Another great recipe 💕

Cecile - Oct. 5, 2021, 6:05 p.m.

I made this last night to take to work today and it is amazing! I've been feeling a little under the weather and this was the perfect pick-me-up. I was a bit curious about what it would taste like but I was pleasantly surprised. Warm, savory yet sweet, and DELICIOUS.

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 3:39 a.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear, Cecile, and we hope you're feeling better as well☺️

Jennifer - Sept. 29, 2021, 3:03 a.m.

Wish the beets were measurable. Such variety in sizes….

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 7:14 p.m.

Hey Jennifer, thanks so much for the feedback! We've just added the descriptor "medium" so hopefully that helps a bit. Our beets were medium-sized, but if they're a bit smaller or bigger that'd be fine as well. Luckily as a soup, it's quite forgiving. I hope you enjoy the recipe! 😊

Jennifer - Sept. 30, 2021, 3:50 p.m.

I did! And I shared some with my Eastern European friend and she gave a 👍🏼! Wanted to make sure I was learning an authentic style flavour.

Mark - Sept. 24, 2021, 11:36 p.m.

Absolutely the best borscht I have ever had!

Andreea - July 24, 2021, 10:36 p.m.

This soup is one of my staples now, very tasty and pure goodness. I usually freeze some too.

Emily - July 22, 2021, 8:07 p.m.

This soup is so amazing. Its bright and beautiful- both in flavor an color. Such a wonderful recipe that I have made a few times now.

Steph - July 10, 2021, 9:09 p.m.

Although I’m not familiar with traditional borscht, I really love this soup! The dill and sweet earthy flavors of the beets are lovely. It is well complemented by a dollop of yogurt.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:02 a.m.

Thank you for sharing, Steph, so happy you enjoyed this soup 😍

Valentyna - April 25, 2021, 11:26 a.m.

If you don’t mind I would share with you that even if the recipe is used in post Soviet Union countries, the Borscht is actually a national Ukrainian food and it has been used in Ukraine for centuries. ;)

PUL Team - April 26, 2021, 6:20 a.m.

Thank you for sharing, Valentyna - it's such a delicious dish 🤗

Valentyna - Dec. 11, 2022, 12:18 a.m.

Thank you! 💙💛

Hazel - March 24, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

Since I'm not strictly vegan/vegetarian, do you think I could sub beef stock in for the veggie, or do you think that would mess with the flavor interplay?

Kiki - March 28, 2021, 4:09 a.m.

I've made borscht before and honestly, I find that a bone broth or meat-based stock tastes just as good if not better. In many traditional recipes, borscht includes beef. So I say why not! 🤷🏽‍♀️