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Russian Borscht

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Russian Borscht


  • 6 medium-size beets with tops

  • 2 cups finely-shredded spinach

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 5 cups low-sodium beef broth

  • 540 ml can chopped tomatoes, undrained and cut up

  • 2 tsp dried marjoram

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp dried dill weed

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage

  • 2 cups bite-size pieces cooked beef or pork

  • 2 tbsp vinegar

  • 1 tbsp sugar


  • 1. Trim leaves from beets, leaving 2.5 cm of stem attached. In 6-litre Dutch oven, cover beets with lightly salted water. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, 45 minutes or until tender; drain. Cool slightly. Peel beets by slipping off skins while still warm. Cut beets into 3.5 cm x 0.5 cm sticks. Measure 4 cups.

  • 2. In same pot, melt butter over moderately high heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes or until tender.

  • 3. Add spinach broth, tomatoes, marjoram, salt, dill weed and pepper. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, 5 to 10 minutes or until spinach is tender. Stir in cabbage, beef, vinegar and sugar. Carefully stir in cooked beets. Simmer, covered, 5 to 7 minutes more or until heated through.

Serves 8

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