Barszcz Czerwony – Polish Red Borscht Soup Made Easy

This is traditional Polish recipe made easy – prepared on base of home-made vegetable stock but with ready-made borscht concentrate rather than beets (from scratch).

As a child I did not really like red borscht but as I grew older I learned to love it. You can even catch me sipping borscht from the mug at my desk, especially on cold autumn and winter days.


  • about 1½ litres / 6 cups of vegetable stock (best home-made like this stock from cooking veggies for traditional Polish vegetable salad)
  • concentrated Polish barszcz in bottle / pasteurised concentrated beetroot juice with seasonings such as celery, garlic and marjoram – about half a bottle (150 ml) or to taste
  • sea salt – to taste
  • black pepper – to taste

Krakus barszcz czerwony red borscht soup from concentrate


  1. Reheat the stock until very hot, turn off the fire.
  2. Stir in borscht concentrate, season to taste with salt and freshly cracked pepper if necessary.
  3. Share to the cups and serve immediately as a starter, side dish or alone to warm up during cold days.

Makes 6 cups.

how to make Polish red borscht recipe in English UK


Serve as a starter with Polish mushroom tortellini (uszka) or as a side with KrokietyMushroom & Sour Cabbage Pierogi or Kulebiak.


Red borscht made from concentrated beet juice have much more authentic flavour than one made from the powder, it is also undoubtedly healthier.

Red borscht concentrate is available in many Polish stores but also in some supermarkets across UK.

If you are looking for more beetroot soup recipes, then try this Polish Cold Yoghurt Soup or Kellie’s Velvety-Smooth Cumin & Fennel Beetroot Soup.

And if you are after some warming up soup recipes take a look at Michelle’s Cauliflower & Potato Soup, Camilla’s Cream of Leek, Potato & Carrot Soup or Elizabeth’s Carrot & Cumin Soup.

With special thanks to my friend Sylwia Korsak for beautiful vintage teacup props.

I’m submitting this recipe to the Inheritance Recipes link-up that we co-host together with Solange of Pebble SoupFebruary Inheritance Recipes is hosted by Solange so visit her blog to enter the link-up and share your inherited recipes with us!

traditional Polish recipes passed from generation to generation

Your thoughts…

  1. What a lovely sounding soup – and I love that teacup! Thanks for linking to my carrot and cumin soup recipe too! :)

  2. I’ve never had borscht before – must give it a go. Love the teacups!

  3. What a fabulously quick and easy soup to conjure up when you’re feeling the chill. I’ve never actually had beetroot soup so really should try some! Thanks for linking to my soup:-)

  4. I love the colour of this and that it is so quick and simple to make.

  5. Love how easy this is to make and it looks so elegant served in the pretty tea cups.

  6. This looks great Margot, lovely and warming without being too filling. I’ll look out for beetroot concentrate.

  7. What a wonderful idea Margot, I love the simplicity of this recipe and how you have served it. I will have to look out for beetroot concentrate, a great store cupboard ingredient.

  8. A big bowl of deliciousness! When I was in Poland for a trip, I managed to taste a version of it in its “natural habitat” – it got me fall in love with! Great to find its recipe here :)

  9. Lovely colour and a nifty shortcut.

  10. I love the way you have served this borscht. Thank you for adding it to IR

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