Beet The Borscht Soup
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45-50 mins
We're keen purple beetroot eaters, especially when they're blitzed into this royally rich Polish soup. Finish it off with a cooling swirl of organic yogurt.
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396 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 1 onion
  • A 250g bag of new potatoes
  • A 500g bag of beetroot
  • ½ green cabbage
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • A handful of chives
  • A 150g pot of 0% fat Greek style yogurt
From your kitchen
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 800ml boiling water
You'll need
  • Pan with a lid
  • Frying pan
  • Measuring jug
  • Hand-held blender (optional)
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Peel and finely chop the onion. Scrub and finely chop the potatoes. Scrub and peel the beetroot. Slice off a small wedge and set aside. Finely chop the rest of the beetroot (you may want to wear gloves).

  • 2.

    Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan over a low heat. Add the onion, potatoes and chopped beetroot. Season well. Cover and cook for 8-10 mins till the veg are soft. Stir every so often. While the veg cook, shred half the cabbage as finely as you can.

  • 3.

    Measure out 2 tsp of the cumin seeds and add them to a dry frying pan. Toast for 2-3 mins, shaking the pan, till they smell nutty and start to jump.

  • 4.

    Add half the toasted cumin seeds to the veg pan along with the cabbage. Measure out 2 tsp of the honey and add to the pan. Crumble in the stock cube. Pour in 800ml boiling water and stir to dissolve the stock cube. Cover and bring to the boil.

  • 5.

    Turn the heat down a little and simmer for 30 mins till all the veg are very soft. While the soup simmers, dice the reserved wedge of beetroot.

  • 6.

    Remove the pan from the heat. Blitz the soup with a hand-held blender in the pan till smooth (you can leave it chunky if you prefer). Return to the heat for 1-2 mins to warm through. If it’s too thick, add more water. Taste and adjust the seasoning if it needs it.

  • 7.

    Finely chop the chives. Ladle the soup into warm bowls. Top with spoonfuls of the yogurt, the diced beetroot and the rest of the toasted cumin seeds. Garnish with a few chopped chives to serve.

  • Tip

    Hailing a cabbage
    Your leftover cabbage will keep for a few days in the fridge. Try shredding it and stir frying with grated ginger, diced chilli and a splash of tamari. Serve with grilled fish or steak.