Beetroot Soup / Red Roscht (non-traditional/vegan) Polish Recipe

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Today I am presenting you with my other favorite Polish soup recipe. Remember how I said my mom’s pumpkin dessert soup was my favorite ever? Well, the beetroot soup rivals it. They are both completely different but I love both equally as much. Seriously, Polish soups are just so darn good. This is why I was extremely excited when my mom decided to make it over the weekend when I was visiting – it gave me the opportunity to learn and record how she makes it! This is another one of my mom’s Polish recipes.. well not really recipes because she does her cooking by eye, but I made sure to ask her the amounts as she was making it.

I absolutely love this Beetroot soup. It’s not a traditional Polish red borscht because those are more plain and are much more of a simple liquid. The traditional red borscht (barszcz czerwony) that we have for Christmas is just the liquid without the carrots or beans, it only has the urszka, or these special dumplings. I’m sure I’ll include a recipe come Christmas. You will get a whole bunch of Polish recipes for Christmas time so get excited if you like those!

For the beet soup, my mom actually makes it on a turkey or lamb bone with water instead of broth but she said it would be the same thing if you used broth. My parents recently bought half or a quarter (I forget) of a whole lamb from the Amish and they’ve been making a lot of different lamb dishes – they’re really into it. So she used a lamb bone with some meat on it for this soup. She often makes it using turkey bone with a lot of turkey meat so that the soup is no longer vegetarian and the meat has a nice beet-sweet moist flavor to it. It’s delicious.

I hope you try this soup out for yourself and see why I love it! We call it “zupa burakowa” – just simply beetroot soup.


Kammie wants to know:

  • Have you ever had a beetroot soup?

  • What’s your favorite way to eat beets?

Let me know in the comments below!

Last Updated on March 27, 2019

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  1. My sister makes a love beet borscht too, and she learned it from her Polish MIL. I agree with you about Polish soups. Your pictures are lovely and make me feel hungry!

    • I’m glad to hear that Elle! Seriously, I don’t know – I may be biased but I really think Polish soups are so so good. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  2. So pretty! Haven’t made a borscht in years – wonder why – it’s so simple and good.

  3. What a gorgeous soup! You’re right – this would make for an excellent Christmas dish with that red. I love beets and recipes from mammas. 🙂

  4. What an interesting version of borsht! I’m definitely bookmarking this and trying it out as soon as possible. Oh how I love our Easter European foods 🙂

  5. I love the color! so pretty and it probably tastes great 🙂

  6. Yum, I love this soup. My mom makes something similar 😉
    I would love it if you shared this or another recipe at my Fall into Winter themed Potluck Party:
    Hope to see you there. Have a great weekend. Ella

  7. I can’t wait to give this a try. I pinned it and will definitely be making it soon!

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