This rich, savory borscht takes only 10 minutes of your active cooking time. Are you skeptical? Don't be. The Polish Borscht recipe is a traditional, time-tested and beloved way of cooking the festive beet soup in Poland, where my husband hails from. Of course, this borscht has a secret: it requires an extraordinary amount of brightly colored beets and a reduced cooking time. The borscht will not turn out if the beets are not brightly colored. Similarly, when cooked longer than suggested here, it will lose its scarlet color and flavor. Richly infused with simmered vegetables, the borscht is a delightful elixir of health. It is no wonder that my toddler demands his red beet soup every time, and happily sips it from a cup or devours it spoonful after delicious spoonful.
Cover with water and bring to boil, with the lid ajar, over medium high. Cover, reduce to low and continue simmering for 25 minutes. Add broth cubes and stir well to dissolve. Continue simmering for another 10 minutes, or until the vegetables become soft (but not mushy). Sprinkle lemon juice, if desired, and stir.
Following our take on the traditional Polish borscht recipe, serve this scarlet elixir of health with chopped parsley.