Monthly Archives: August 2012

Polish Summer Beet Soup

I’m a huge believer that you show people you love them through food.  The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right?  So many people have the wrong idea of showing love through food.  Making fatty food, serving icecream and cookies, these are NOT ways to show love.  In fact, these are foods you should feed your enemies, as you are slowly killing the people you are feeding these foods to.  So how do you show your family that you love them?  By spending time in the kitchen cooking up a heartwarming bowl of soup.

Show your family that you love them by making them this healthy, cleansing soup.  This is one of my toddler’s very favorite dishes of all time! In fact, he is eating it right now, and he asked me to “please make it every morning and every night”.  I’d say that is success, right? This is a play off of a Polish beet soup that is usually made in the summer (due to the use of beet tops).

Ingredients:

1 extra large onion, diced

3 large carrots, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 very small parsnip, shredded

6 medium beets, peeled and coarsely shredded, green tops sliced thinly

1 very small head savoy cabbage, sliced thinly

3 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise, and then sliced thinly

12 cups homemade broth

1 T red wine vinegar

juice from 2 lemons

Freshly chopped dill, for garnish

Method:

Sautee onions in a few tablespoons of broth until translucent.  Add carrots and celery, sautee 4 minutes.  Add beets, parsnip, cabbage, zucchini and broth, simmer about 1 hour, until tender.  Add beet tops and simmer about 10 more minutes until wilted. When soup is cooked to your liking, add vinegar and lemon juice.  Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  Serve with plenty of fresh, chopped dill.