Active Time
15 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Serves : 4

Grating the beets is the key to this streamlined version of borscht. For minimal hand-staining, wear kitchen gloves. A box grater is handy, but a food processor with the grating disk makes super-quick work of the grating. A good chill from the refrigerator is essential. Slideshow: More Beet Recipes

How to Make It


In a large saucepan, add the beets, onion and stock and cook over medium heat until the beets are tender, about an hour. Add lemon juice and stir. Let cool, then transfer to a container and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Garnish with dill, parsley and sour cream. Serve.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to three days. Finish with the herbs and sour cream only when serving—and serve straight from the refrigerator.

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