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Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht"

with Mushrooms and Beans
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Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht"

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" - Greetings from Russia: This classic guarantees hearty enjoyment!

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Health Score:
9,7 / 10
1 hr

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Nutritional values

No wonder that the hearty soup in one or the other variation has always been a frequent sight in the catchment area of the former Soviet Union. It not only tastes great and is inexpensive, but is also extremely nutritious. Cabbage and co. provide satisfying dietary fibre, plus vitamin C, iron and other minerals plus protein.

In Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet countries there are countless different recipes for borscht. Always there: cabbage and potatoes! Usually beetroot, often meat as well, is added to the soup pot. But not always - in Kiev, for example, people like the vegetarian version with mushrooms best.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie296 kcal(14 %)
Protein13 g(13 %)
Fat12 g(10 %)
Carbohydrates31 g(21 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage12 g(40 %)
Vitamin A0.4 mg(50 %)
Vitamin D1.8 μg(9 %)
Vitamin E2.9 mg(24 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.3 mg(27 %)
Niacin7.9 mg(66 %)
Vitamin B₆0.4 mg(29 %)
Folate83 μg(28 %)
Pantothenic acid1.8 mg(30 %)
Biotin13.5 μg(30 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.1 μg(3 %)
Vitamin C43 mg(45 %)
Potassium1,178 mg(29 %)
Calcium120 mg(12 %)
Magnesium83 mg(28 %)
Iron3.8 mg(25 %)
Iodine10 μg(5 %)
Zinc2.2 mg(28 %)
Saturated fatty acids4.3 g
Uric acid142 mg
Cholesterol18 mg
Development of this recipe:


2 Beets (each about 125 grams)
1 pkg dried Porcini mushroom (30 grams)
4 potatoes (about 300 grams)
1 onion
1 carrot
1 Parsnip
½ small Green cabbage (300 grams)
2 Tbsps Canola oil
1 l Vegetable broth
250 grams White bean (canned; drained weight)
½ bunch flat-leaf parsley
4 Tbsps low-fat yogurt or Sour cream (80 grams)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
Sour creamPorcini mushroomparsleypotatoonioncarrot

Kitchen utensils

1 Cutting board, 1 Pot (with lid), 1 Small bowl, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Peeler, 1 Small knife, 1 Coarse grater, 1 Large knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 large, high Pot (with lid), 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Fine-mesh sieve, 1 Ladle

Preparation steps

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 1

Rinse the beets thoroughly under running water. Place in a pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for about 40 minutes over medium heat.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 2

Meanwhile, soak dried porcini mushrooms with 200 ml (approximately 3/4 cup) of lukewarm water in a small bowl according to package instructions.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 3

Peel potatoes and onion and rinse potatoes. Cut both into small cubes. Rinse carrot and parsnip, trim, peel and grate coarsely.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 4

Trim the cabbage, removing the unsightly outer leaves and the stalk. Rinse cabbage, cut into narrow strips and shake dry.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 5

Heat oil in a large pot and fry the onion over medium heat until translucent.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 6

Add potatoes and cabbage and cook briefly, stirring. Then pour in the broth and cook for 5 minutes.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 7

Squeeze out porcini mushrooms slightly and cut into small pieces. Strain soaking liquid through a fine sieve into the vegetables.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 8

Add the grated vegetables and mushrooms. Season with pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes over medium heat.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 9

Meanwhile, drain beets and rinse under cold running water. Peel the skins with a small knife and cut off woody ends.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 10

Cut beets in slices, then cut into narrow strips. Add to the pot and cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 11

Meanwhile, rinse beans in a sieve with cold water until the water runs clear, then drain well. Rinse the parsley, shake dry, pluck off the leaves and chop.

Smarter Russian Cabbage Soup "Borscht" preparation step 12

Add beans to the soup, season with salt and pepper and return to a boil. Sprinkle each serving with parsley and 1 tablespoon yogurt or sour cream and serve.