You know the expression, cheap like borscht? Well, here it is, dinner doesn’t get any more affordable, it’s also vegetarian and can easily be adapted for vegan, not to mention, it’s delicious too. With the new year and all those resolutions of eating healthier and saving money, this couldn’t be more perfect, enjoy!
1 28oz can of stewed tomatoes
4 medium carrots, 2 grated 2 diced
1 cup celery, chopped
1-1/2 cups onion, chopped
3 quarts water
3/4 cup green beans, chopped or fresh/frozen peas or both
1 medium beet, scored so the colour seeps out
4 large russet potatoes, 3 cut in half and one diced
1 green pepper, chopped fine
1 clove of garlic
1 cup whipping cream or vegan equivalent
1/2 cup butter or vegan becel
1 tbsp salt, adjust as you go along, will likely need more
8 cups of finely sliced cabbage
1/2 cup fresh dill – 2tbsp dried
In a large dutch oven heat the stewed tomatoes, mashing as you cook, add 3 quarts of water, bring to a boil. Add the potatoes, beet and salt, cook about 10 minutes, then add carrots, beans and celery, continue simmering.
In a frying pan, saute onions and grated carrots until onions are transparent, then add 1/2 the green pepper, saute further, vegetables should be limp, turn heat to low and continue cooking another 10 minutes.
Once the potatoes are cooked, remove from pot with a slotted spoon, mash with 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup cream until smooth and creamy, return to pot. Add diced potatoes, remove beet (soup should be pinky orange in colour) bring to a boil and add sliced cabbage and the other 1/2 of the green pepper. Add green onions to saute pan and combine. Once the cabbage is cooked but not mushy, add the sauteed onion mixture, dill, black pepper and or cayenne pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.