Borscht is a wonderfully vibrant beetroot soup, try the Hairy Bikers' simple version inspired by their travels around the Baltic sea.


To serve

  • sour cream
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped dill


  1. Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Once melted add the carrot, celery and onion and cook gently for a few minutes. Add the beetroot, potato and garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes, until well coated and combined.

  2. Add the stock and season with salt and black pepper. Bring to just below the boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Add the cabbage and tomatoes. Cover and leave to simmer for a further 20 minutes.

  4. Serve the soup with dollops of sour cream and a sprinkling of dill.

Recipe Tips

This could easily be turned into a vegetarian dish, by using a mixture of vegetable stock and liquor from soaking dried mushrooms. You wouldn’t need much dried mushrooms, just around 15g/½oz to add flavour, and they would just need to be finely chopped before adding to the soup at the same time as the cabbage.