November 04, 2012

Fall Vegetable Soup (borscht)

This is a classic Ukrainian soup with a lot of great vegetable flavour.  You definitely have to like beets to appreciate this soup!

Fall Vegetable Soup - Borscht

4 medium sized beets
1/4 white onion, finely diced
1/4 green cabbage
3-4 carrots
2 Tbsp. butter
4 cups beef broth
1 cup water
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. dried dill
2 bay leaves
1 cup organic whipping cream (optional)

Using a food processor, finely chop all the vegetables (except onion).  In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.  Place the onions in the pot and sautee until translucent.  Place all the chopped vegetables in the pot and mix thoroughly.  Pour in the beef broth and water.  Add the salt, pepper, dill and bay leaves. Bring soup to a boil, then turn down to medium heat and simmer for an hour or until the vegetables are soft.  Warm the whipping cream in a small pot, then add to the soup.  Add extra salt and pepper to your taste.  Enjoy warm on a cold fall or winter night.

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