Roasted Vegetable Borscht

Borscht, a traditional sweet and sour Ukrainian beet soup, is enhanced with roasted vegetables, caramelized onions and leeks, all wrapped up in a brightly-colored broth - incredibly healthy and tasty to boot!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword borscht
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 187kcal
Author Erica


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil separated
  • 3 large beets scrubbed, peeled, and cubed
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 large onion sliced
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cabbage shredded
  • 3-4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Parsley or dill for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil; scatter cubed beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes on lined pan and drizzle with 2 Tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to cover evenly. Roast uncovered for 35-40 minutes, until fork tender. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In a dutch oven or heavy stockpot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil, then add onions and leeks. Saute for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are translucent and leeks are sticky. Add garlic and cook another minute or so, until fragrant.
  • Stir in vegetable broth, then roasted vegetables, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and add shredded cabbage. Simmer 15-20 minutes, until cabbage is tender.
  • Add red wine vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with dollops of sour cream and chopped parsley or fresh dill. Borscht can be eaten hot or cold, and flavor deepens over time.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5890IU | Vitamin C: 33.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.4mg