Dairy-free borsch
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Recipe: Dairy-free borsch

I’m a winter person. No matter how cold my hands and feet are, no matter how much I resemble a South Park character, I love cold weather. Sunny, dry, cold days are my favourite. I get to enjoy some vitamin D during the day and come home for a hearty bowl of hot soup at night.

Our Russian friend Andrey prepared an amazing borsch a long while ago. I asked him for instructions and tweaked his recipe a bit. It turned out delicious and if you don’t believe me, ask Alvaro.

Dairy-free borsch

Dairy-free borsch

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Russian


  • 2 kg osso buco
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks coarsely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • water


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 beetroots
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 parsnips
  • 1 can coconut cream optional but highly recommended


  • Optional step: roast osso buco in a hot oven (220 C) for 45 minutes.
  • Cook osso buco with coarsely chopped onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, and enough water to cover everything. Bring to a boil and simmer for a minimum of two hours. If you have a slow cooker and some time in your hands, cook it in low for a minimum of 8 hours. If you don't have one, what are you waiting for??
  • Reserve meat and marrow, strain broth and discard bones and vegetables.


  • Peel and cut beetroots, carrots and parsnips in thin, 3-4 cm long strips.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy-based pot. Sautée beetroots for 5 minutes, add carrots and sautée for another 3 minutes, add parsnips and sautée for another 3 minutes.
  • Add broth and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • I like to purée most of the vegetables and leave some whole, but you can choose to go either way.
  • Add the meat, season with salt and pepper, serve.
  • Optional: whisk the coconut cream and add a dollop to the soup.
Keyword bean soup, beef, beetroot, dairy free, gluten free, main, osso buco, soup

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