Beautiful Beet Soup

Recipe for Beautiful Beet Soup
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8 medium beets
2 turnips, peeled
1 potato
2 carrots
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 to 3 quarts stock or water
1 teaspoon dried dill, or 2 tablespoons fresh
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt, to taste
sour cream and/or fresh herbs, for garnish


Scrub the beets, trim the ends, and grate. Chop or slice the turnips, potato, and carrots. Beets can be messy to prepare, so grate them last (and don’t wear white!). In a large stockpot, saute the onion in margarine or butter for a few minutes, then add the caraway and the rest of the vegetables. Add the stock and the remaining ingredients. If you use fresh dill, add it at the end. Cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, testing occasionally for doneness. Once cooked, you can puree this soup in a blender or food processor for a more delicate texture. Serve hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream or a sprig of herbs.



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Soup Book

I think OFA should gather all their amazing soups into a Soup Book. Not that I really mind copying them out, but they are all in my go to file and I bet they are favourites for many other readers too.

"Beautiful"? I don't get

"Beautiful"? I don't get that, I don't want to sit there and "stare" at my "beautiful" soup, I just want it to TASTE GOOD LOL

Things taste beautiful, they

Things taste beautiful, they smell beautiful, they feel beautiful, they sound beautiful, It isn't only by sight that things are beautiful. Remember the song, "Everything is beautiful in its own way"? You can behave beautifully too.


Thanks so much for this rejoinder - the West is such a visual culture some people forget that the other senses even exist, let alone have aesthetic qualities. Thanks also for the beautiful behaviour comment, I especially like that idea and am reserving it for future reference to happily use when occasions arise.