Vegan Borscht, delicious & rich, with wine pairing

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I love vegan Borscht on a cold winters day! A Super healthy warmer.

Borscht is a soup that originated from the Ukraine region. There are many variations in Russia and Poland. Traditionally the soup is made with a bone stock, but for this one we use a vegetable stock.

Borscht is a sour soup. The most common and world wide best known Borscht is the beetroot soup. But a Borscht can be made with other ingredients too, like sorrel (green Borscht), rye, or white cabbage (white Borscht). In this post I will be talking about the beautiful coloured Red Beetroot Borscht.

Main ingredients for vegan Borscht

  • Beetroots
  • Red cabbage
  • carrots
  • celery
  • potato
  • onion
  • garlic
  • dill
  • apple cider vinegar

For the Vegan sour cream;

  • Raw cashews
  • lemon
  • apple cider vinegar

The base stock to use

A vegetable stock (preferably home made) can be used for this soup. I would suggest to use dried mushrooms or miso in your base-stock. As this will bring more depth, and add an umami flavour to the soup.

Vegan sour cream

Borscht is usually garnished with a good amount of sour cream. So in this recipe I have included my favourite Vegan sour cream. Which I use in other recipes, like topped on a baked potato, or added to my favourite sandwiches. It is always a handy tasty dip / spread to have ready in the fridge. Even though in my fridge it never really lasts long.

Other ingredient suggestions

There are so many variations of Borscht nowadays that you can make up pretty much your own personal favourite. Obviously if you want to make the red Borscht soup, Beetroots will be the main ingredient. But other vegetable to choose from, include;

  • white cabbage
  • swede
  • turnip
  • beans
  • tart apples
  • celeriac
  • bell peppers

The main thing to keep in mind, is that this soup should be a sour and earthy soup. So don’t leave out the acidity from the apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice. Otherwise it would simply not be a Borscht any more, but more a random vegetable soup. Which can be nice to 😉

Vegan Borscht & wine pairing

two glasses of white wine

This is a soup with high acidity, which could only pair well with a high acidic wine. I tend to lean more towards the white wine with medium body to balance well with the more earthy flavours.

A French Pinot gris, or a Chenin blanc could fit well in this profile. Locally we have a wine made from the Colombard grape (Domaine Maels), which is high in acidity, while round with notes of peach, pear, and citrus. A very well textured wine which would pair beautiful with this Borscht.

Commonly asked questions about this recipe

Is this Borscht soup healthy?

I could almost call this soup a super booster. It is very healthy, and low in calories (depending how much vegan sour cream you use). Beetroots have an exceptional nutritional value. And are natural anti-oxidants.

Can I freeze this soup?

Like almost all soups, this soup freezes beautifully. So definitely make this soup in big batches and freeze for later use. Freeze up to 3 months, keep in the fridge for 6 days. This information is regarding the soup, NOT the cashew sour cream. The cashew sour cream can last in the fridge for 3 – 4 days.

What to serve with this soup?

This soup is can be served as a full meal on its own with a large dollop of cashew sour cream, and garnished with dill. Or as a side you can serve a baked potato, Rye bread or eastern European style small dumplings like; Pierogi or pirozhki pastries.

Feeling excited to make this vegan Borscht? Let me know how it went in comments below, or add @haricoco1 to your instagram post. Any questions, tips or ideas always welcome!

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