Borscht

1 cup carrots, peel and cut into small strips or grate

1 cup celery, use both greens and stalks, chop fine

2 cups of beets, peel and cut into small strips or grate

1 cup of green cabbage, shred

2 onions, remove outer skin and chop fine

Fresh baby dill, chop fine

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 bay leaves

6 cups of water

2 cups tomato juice or tomato sauce

2 Tbsp. corn starch

1 – 2 Tbsp. oil

salt & pepper to taste

Sour cream (optional)

Grate the carrots, beets, celery and cabbage on a medium size grater. I use the attachment on my Kitchenaid as this reduces the chopping time tremendously.

Dice the onion, and together with the shredded cabbage, fry in a bit of oil until the onions are light in colour.

Add the beets to the water; bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 30 minutes. To keep the colour in your beets, add the tablespoon of lemon juice.

Add the rest of the vegetables and once again, bring to a boil. Turn down your heat to simmer. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the fresh dill.

Add the tomato juice. I very often use tomato sauce but I have also used undiluted tomato soup at times.

Dissolve the corn starch in 1/4 cup of water and add this to the simmering borsch. It’ll thicken the soup.

Taste and adjust with salt & pepper. Lately I have been leaving out the salt as the tomato juice or sauce already contains a fair amount.

Just before serving, add a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!

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