Dinner Tonight: Vegetarian Borscht

Dinner Tonight: Vegetarian Borscht
Who's ready for another cheap soup recipe? This one is as economical and simple as they come, is ready in minutes, and is far richer and warming than it has any credit being. The recipe comes via the Estonian food blog Nami-Nami, where I was looking for ideas to put the epic amounts of cabbage and beets that are plentiful here in Estonia to good use. It is simply beets, onions, carrots, and cabbage, all cut into shreds and matchsticks, sauteed then simmered together until everything turns a strange and beautiful pink. Borscht is a popular soup in this part of Europe, with numerous hearty variations that almost always feature the earthy beet. The majority of the time the soup has meat in it, but I didn't miss it one bit (nor did I notice that the soup has hardly any fat). I made a huge pot and the leftovers have only grown tastier. The flavor is light and hearty at the same time, made gently sour by the addition of lemon juice, and far greater than the sum of its parts. About the author: Blake Royer founded The Paupered Chef with Nick Kindelsperger, where he writes about food and occasional travels. He is currently living for the year in Tartu, Estonia.


, beets (beetroot), peeled and cut into matchsticks, medium onions, sliced into half-moons, large carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks, white cabbage, cut thinly into shreds, olive oil, vegetable stock, Juice of 1/2 a lemon, Salt to taste, Coarsely ground black pepper, Sour cream (optional, omit for vegan soup), Finely chopped parsley or chives (optional, for garnish)


Calories per serving:

233 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 10g 15%
  • Carbs 35g 12%
  • Saturated 1g 7%
  • Fiber 10g 41%
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 5g 11%
  • Sodium 244mg 10%
  • Calcium 122mg 12%
  • Magnesium 68mg 17%
  • Potassium 993mg 28%
  • Iron 2mg 13%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 136mg 19%
  • Vitamin A 423µg 47%
  • Vitamin C 64mg 107%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 13%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 10%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 240µg 60%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin K 105µg 131%
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