Ukrainian Borscht

Heartier than the chilled version, this borscht makes for a satisfying dish, thanks to an addition of short ribs.

  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes 3 quarts
Ukrainian Borscht

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2009


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds short ribs
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 celery root, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 pound cabbage, shredded
  • 2 pounds beets, scrubbed well, trimmed and coarsely shredded with a box grater
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown ribs, 3 to 4 minutes per side; set aside.

  2. Add 1 onion, and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Return ribs to Dutch oven, and add wine; simmer for 1 minute. Add chicken stock; bring to a simmer, and season with salt and pepper. Cover; transfer to oven, and roast until ribs are tender, 3 hours.

  3. Shred ribs, discarding fat and bones. Strain stock through a sieve, and skim off fat. (You should have 2 cups.)

  4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining onion and the garlic; cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add celery root and carrots; cook for 4 minutes. Add reserved stock, the cabbage, beets, water, and tomato paste. Cook for 30 minutes. Add meat; cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes more. Stir in lemon juice and vinegar; garnish with parsley.

Cook's Notes

Borscht can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.


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