Beetroot soup with beetroot pieces in white bowl on top of white plate with spoon to the right.

Polish Borscht Recipe (Christmas)

This healthy Polish Borscht Recipe (Christmas)  is a traditional dish served with Polish Christmas Eve Porcini Dumplings (Uszka).
Course Lunch, Soup
Cuisine Polish
Keyword barszcz, Polish borscht
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 41kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 4 medium beets peeled, cut in half
  • 2 small pickled beets coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup brine from pickled beets
  • 1 small celery stick
  • 1 onion peeled
  • 1 garlic clove peeled, cut in half
  • 2-3 large pieces dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed approx. 2 grams, *see Recipe Notes below
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 2/3 tbsp coarse sea salt plus plenty of pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Rinse the porcini mushrooms (if using) under cold water and rub briefly with your fingertips to remove any grit. Place all the ingredients (apart from the butter) in a large pot, cover and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 50 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the butter, adjust the seasoning, remove the vegetables and serve (only the liquid) with porcini dumplings.


  • If you make the Polish porcini dumplings to go with this barszcz reserve the water from cooking the mushrooms and add it into this soup.  One or two quarters of a cup will suffice.  If you choose this method you won't need to add any mushrooms to the borscht. 
  • Flavour: You can make this soup as sharp and tangy as you like so use the vinegar, pickled beetroot brine, soy sauce and seasoning according to your preference.
  • Although soy sauce is not a traditional ingredient it is a good idea to use it in this recipe.  Soy sauce complements the beetroot, adding complexity and more depth to the overall flavour.
  • Serve only the broth  with porcini dumplings.
  • Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze individual portions for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg