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There are dozens of recipes for borscht—from simple vegetable soups with a couple of chopped beets thrown in to complicated whole-meal affairs made with pork, beef, sausages, and even ducks. More traditional recipes also call for a few tricky ingredients. Some of these recipes call for fermenting the beets a couple of days in advance, while others call for kvass, a kind of rye beer that means a trip to a Polish or Russian market or making it yourself. In Polish markets kvass is called zur naturalny.
MELT the butter in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the vegetables soften. (If you’re using canned beets, add them after the other vegetables have softened.)
ADD the beef broth and bring the soup to a simmer. Simmer slowly for 10 minutes. Reach in with a spoon and sample a few of the vegetables to make sure they have softened thoroughly.
SPRINKLE in the wine vinegar to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
SERVE in hot bowls. Pass the sour cream, chopped dill, and sliced black bread at the table.
SUGGESTIONS AND VARIATIONS You can turn this simple borscht into a puree or a simple cream soup by putting it in a blender and straining it—and, if you like, finishing it with a cup of heavy cream. In the summer, cold pureed borscht makes a delightful cold soup. (See also the cream of beet soup .)
Nutrients per serving (% daily value)
Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.
Nutritional information does not include sour cream or slices of black bread.