Lunch Recipes

Russian Vegetable and Beet Soup

Russian Vegetable and Beet Soup



Russian Vegetable and Beet Soup

Serves: 9


1 large beet peeled greens trimmed to about 1 inch cut flat on the bottom
1 15 ounce can Westbrae Naturals organic pinto beans rinsed and drained
1 small head purple cabbage halved through the stem cored and thinly sliced from top to stem
1 medium red bell pepper seeded cut into 1 inch matchsticks
2 medium organic carrots cut into 1 inch matchsticks
2 ribs organic celery chopped
4 small Newmans Own Organics russet potatoes unpeeled diced small
4 cloves Melissas organic garlic minced divided
2 tablespoons Napa Valley organic olive oil
1 medium Melissas organic onion chopped
3 tablespoons Valbon tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley minced
3 tablespoons fresh dill minced
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon Pepper
Horizon Organic light sour cream or plain nonfat yogurt


Fill a large soup pot with 12 cups of water. Place beet inside, greens end up, and cover. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, 30 to 45 minutes, or until beet is tender. Remove beet with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Add beans, cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, celery, potatoes, and half the garlic and simmer covered until tender, about 45 minutes. Uncover and simmer about 15 more minutes. Grate beet on the large holes of a box grater while stock is simmering. Use the greens stems as a inchhandle inch to hold the beet while you grate, then discard stems.

When vegetables are almost tender, heat oil over medium high heat in a medium frying pan. Add onion and brown, about 8 minutes. Add tomato paste and remaining garlic and cook 3 minutes. Add grated beet and cup of stock and let cook for 5 minutes. Continue to add stock, cup at a time as it dries up. Add sauted vegetables to the stock and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with parsley, dill, salt, and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish each bowl with a tablespoon of sour cream.