Beet soup is a wonderful old world recipe, that is both healthy and delicious.
I know it as a soup eaten often in the Baltic and Slavic areas of the world, in countries like Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
Each region has its own variation on the recipe. Actually each home cook has their own favorite way of cooking this wholesome soup.
I think you will enjoy this version. It has the addition of carrots, onions and cabbage for a well rounded flavor and lots of nutrition.
Use vegetable stock to make it a vegetarian soup recipe. If you want it vegan, omit the butter or use a vegan substitute.
1/2 cup carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 cups beets, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups beef or vegetable stock
1 cup very finely shredded cabbage
1 tablespoon vinegar
sour cream (as a garnish)
Barely cover the carrots, onions and beets with boiling water. Simmer gently, covered, for 20 minutes. Add the butter, stock, cabbage and vinegar. Simmer another 15 minutes.
Place the soup in bowls. Add to each serving 1 tablespoon sour cream and season to taste.
Makes 5 cups.
You can also top the soup with grated cucumber if you like.
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 72 |
Total Fat 2.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 403 mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.1 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g |
Sugars 7.7 g
Protein 2.0 g
Vitamin A 39%
Vitamin C 17%
Making easy vegetarian soup recipes like this one is a wonderful way to get great nutritional value in your food. All of the goodness of the vegetables that may leach out during cooking is still in the cooking water - the broth.
This is a very healthy soup recipe. Beets are very high in folate, with 1 cup of beets containing 37% of our daily requirement. Folate is a nutrient that is particularly important for pregnant women.
It is also high in manganese, fiber, potassium and Vitamin C.
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and is part of the same vegetable family as broccoli and cauliflower. All of the cruciferous vegetables are known for their cancer fighting properties as well as being beneficial in preventing other diseases.
Serve this yummy soup as a meal in itself with bread and a side salad, or use it as a first course to a larger meal.
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