Vegetarian Ukrainian Borscht Soup (Grandma’s Recipe)

  • Author: Go Cook Yummy
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Delicious recipe of the Ukrainian Vegan Borscht Soup. All you will need are beets, sliced veggies, lemon juice and a few aromatic herbs.



  • 1 ½ cups of chopped beet
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of chopped potatoes.
  • ½ of a cup of chopped bell pepper
  • ½ of a cup of chopped onions
  • ½ of a cup of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ of a cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup of green bean or you can replace it with canned beans
  • 2 cups of chopped cabbage
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Chilli pepper to taste
  • 45 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Optionally, sour cream (fatty yogurt)
  • Optionally, lemon juice
  • Optionally, use meat or vegetable broth instead of water.


  1. Wash well and chop all the vegetables.
  2. Add 4-5 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a pot.
  3. After the olive oil warmed up a little bit, add the chopped onions and garlic into the pan.
  4. Add a teaspoon of salt and cook the vegetables for 3-4 minutes.
  5. When the onions will become a little transparent, add the potatoes and the carrots into the pan. Brown them for about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped beet.
  7. Pour over the tomatoes. If the tomatoes are not acidic enough, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Let the vegetables simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
  8. Add the green beans. Mix well all the ingredients.
  9. Add the spices. I used bay leaf and sliced chilli pepper and dried thyme.
  10. Add 2 litres of liquids, and let all the ingredients boil for about 15 minutes on low heat.
  11. When the potatoes will become “al dente” add the cabbage into the pan for about 7 minutes.
  12. Taste the soup and adjust it to salt and acidity.
  13. Mix well all the ingredients and turn off the hob.
  14. Add the chopped parsley, mix well, and cover the lid.
  15. Leave it to rest for about 20-30 minutes.

  • Category: Soups
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian

Keywords: Ukrainian, soups, traditional