Thursday, 12 September 2013

This week: Barszcz recipe

Barszcz is the Polish version of the beetroot soup, you may know better by the name of Borscht. We went for dinner at friends a couple of weeks ago and we had this for our starter. My friend had told me she was thinking about making it and said that even though she doesn't like beetroot, she likes this soup. I too, don't like beetroot and usually end up making it into some form of cake but I was definitely up for trying the soup and really liked it. The children both ate it all up too.

I asked my friend for the recipe and as we got some beetroot in our veg box this week, I plan on making some. Soups are suddenly very appealing again now we're getting cooler temperatures. Whether you are a beetroot lover, or not, I'd recommend you trying the soup. The sweetness from the carrot and tomatoes compliment and almost mask the beetroot flavour, making it a tasty bowl of soup! The recipe is vegetarian and can easily be vegan by substituting the small bit of butter for oil of your choice.

Serves 4
Total time required Total time: 1 hr 45 mins
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • 2 beetroot, large
  • 1 onion1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 45g butter
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1.7 litres vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
  • Roughly grate the beetroot, onion, carrot, and celery stick.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until just softened.
  • Add the tomatoes and crushed garlic, and cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring frequently, then stir in the stock.
  • Add the bay leaves and cloves to the pan. Bring the soup to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaves and cloves. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Have you tasted this soup before, or another version of it? How do you tend to cook beetroot or do you eat it raw in a salad?
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  1. I hate beetroot! That said, it's nice in a bag of mixed-root crisps. Oh, and the raw strips you get in those salad bags. Perhaps there is potential :) Not sure I'd go out of my way to use it, but the soup does sound nice so when I get round to doing a veg-box scheme again and I inevitably receive some I'll bear the soup in mind, instead of sending it over to the inlaws ;) xx

    1. Exactly, I wouldn't go out of my way to make something with beetroot but when we do get some in our veg-box, I am always looking for new recipes to try and this one is definitely one to convert the beetroot haters like you and me! xx

  2. I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one who doesn't like beets. :) But the soup sounds good, though. May be worth a try. thank you!

    1. Interesting you too dislike beetroot! I guess it is one of those less popular vegetables that people either love or hate! I was really surprised with how tasty this soup is though.

  3. I've yet to try making Barszcz but this recipe sounds nice and straightforward :)

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