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Cabbage Borscht


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  • 2 lbs. short ribs
  • 1 lbs. flanken
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 46 oz. bottle tomato juice
  • 1 14.5 can whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. In the bottom of a pressure cooker, heat the olive oil then add the onion, short ribs and flanken and brown on all sides. Should take around 10 minutes.
  2. Add the water, close the pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes. When the pressure comes down, refrigerate the meat for 2-3 hours or freeze for 1 hour. The fat will congeal on the top of the meat and you can skim it off before continuing the process.
  3. Add the tomato juice and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the sugar, lemon juice and cabbage. Then add the baking soda, stir quickly and let it foam up.
  5. Place the cover on the pressure cooker and cook for 25 minutes.
  6. Once the pressure comes down, take off the cover and continue boiling the soup for 1 hour or more. Just keep cooking the soup until the meat is falling off the bone.
  7. Note: if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can make this soup in a regular pot. Just boil the soup for 3-4 hours.


About Melinda Strauss


Melinda Strauss is the Director of Special Events for the Kosher Media Network. Melinda is a self-taught cook, food blogger, and mother of two young children from Woodmere, New York. She loves to be adventurous and daring in the kitchen and hopes to inspire her readers by adding fresh twists to simple recipes and bravely using unusual ingredients in an accessible way. You can visit Melinda on her blog Kitchen-Tested to see illustrated, step-by-step recipes and stories.




7 Responses to Cabbage Borscht

  1. avatar says: grw029

    Could you make this in a crock-pot?

    • I’ve never tried making it in the crock-pot but I think it could be delicious! Now I want to try it that way…

  2. avatar says: kosherguy

    Yikes! One cup of sugar? Is that much really necessary to cut the acidity of the tomatoes?

    • It’s a really big pot of soup! You can 1/2 the recipe but it won’t be as sweet, but many people don’t care for sweet cabbage borscht anyways.

    • avatar says: r. lerner

      my parents said adding sugar was the Hungarian way and since their parents were from Ukraine, they didn t add sugar.

  3. This is delicious

  4. I would appreciate more dishes with pressure cookers and rice makers.

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