Borsch Soup (beetroot soup) with Dee’s traditional vegan sausages

21 Aug

I have a lot of Ukrainian friends in the USA. Each and every one of them has a mum, granny, or sister who has the absolute best recipe for Borsch. It is traditionally made with beef or sausage cooked in stock until the meat is tender. Other ingredients are then added, and it is finished off with ‘smetana’ – Russian for sour cream.

Here is my meat-free or vegan version. I’ve tried to keep it as close to the original idea as possible, using Dee’s traditional vegan sausages.

Your will need:

2-3 tablespoon of olive oil

1 diced onion

1 diced carrots

1/3 of a dutch/white cabbage – shredded

2 fresh beetroots, peeled and grated

4-5 cloves garlic – chopped

2-3 pints of stock

200-300g of potatoes – cut into big cubes

25-30g of dill

Dee’s traditional vegan sausages

1-2 tomatoes diced or 1 can of chopped tomatoes (optional)

1 pepper diced (optional)

salt/pepper to taste


1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and brown. Add cabbage, carrots and cook for 5 min on low.

2. Add garlic, salt/pepper, stock, grated beetroot, peppers and tomatoes (add more stock if required). Cook for 30 min on low.

3. Add potatoes. Cook till soft. Add dill and more salt if needed. Cook for 5 min.

4. Cook sausages according to instruction. When cooked and cooled cut in to pieces and serve on or in the soup.

Serve with homemade vegan brown bread for a hearty meal.


When peeling and working with fresh beetroot use gloves and wear old clothes. Use a glass chopping board or plate. The red from the beetroot colours you skin and clothes and will stain your chopping board.

The sausages are best put in just before you serve.

Over consumption of beetroot can turn your urine a bright red blood like colour. The red pigment in beetroot is pretty strong and used to be used as a dye. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 🙂

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3 Responses to “Borsch Soup (beetroot soup) with Dee’s traditional vegan sausages”

  1. Dee August 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    hope you enjoy the recipe -Eoin

  2. lucyfalls August 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Wow, this looks awesome! I recently discovered a fantastic brand of vegan sausages (Field Roast)…. and I’ve never made beet soup. I’m gonna pin this and give a try soon!

    • Dee August 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Glad you like it . This is one of my favourites soups. -Eoin

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