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Botwinka (Polish Young Beets Soup)

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Polish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Edyta
Botwinka is a very famous Polish soup made from young beets, usually served during summer months when young beets are in season.
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  • 2 tbsp Clarified Butter or Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 Onion Sweet, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 Leek Peeled, washed, and chopped
  • 2 Carrots Peeled and chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks Washed and chopped
  • 4 Beets Medium size with stems and leaves washed and chopped
  • 4 Potatoes Medium size, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups Broth Chicken or Vegetable
  • 6 tbsp Sour Cream for serving
  • Fresh Chopped Dill and Parsley for serving
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (or chicken cube)
  • Lemon Juice to taste


  • First, and most importantly….clean your beets! They’re usually very dirty. The best way to do it is to cut off the stems with leaves from the bulbs and place them into a pot of water. They should soak for a couple of minutes to release all the sand. In the meantime, you can peel the beet bulbs. Once your leaves are cleaned, you can pat them dry with paper towels. Cut the beets, stems, and leaves and set aside.
  • Then you should prep all your veggies. Peel and chop onions, leeks, carrots, and celery.
  • Heat up clarified butter, or cooking oil (for a vegan version). In your pot, add onions and leeks and cook for a couple of minutes, until softened.
  • Add celery and carrots and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Add potatoes, beets, beets stems, and leaves and add broth. Cook for about 30 minutes, until all the veggies are soft.
  • You should check for seasoning and either add chicken bouillon (which I personally love), or salt and pepper. You can also add a little squeeze of lemon juice to amplify the flavors.
  • Serve with fresh dill and a dollop of sour cream(you may skip it for the vegan version).


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4238IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg