Slow-Cooker Borscht

Borscht is an Eastern European soup that typically features beets as a prominent ingredient, thus the resulting dish has a purple-red color. Our slow-cooker rendition is literally beefed up with brisket and showcases whole-grain rye berries, a source of fiber.

Slow-Cooker Borscht
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 5 mins
12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) beef brisket, trimmed and cut in half

  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions (from 2 onions)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped (about 2 1/2 tablespoons)

  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted tomato paste

  • 6 cups unsalted beef stock

  • 2 pounds beet, peeled and cubed

  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cubed

  • 1 cup rye berries

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 4 cups very thinly sliced red cabbage (from 1 [32-ounce] cabbage head)

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • ¼ cup fresh dill fronds


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the brisket pieces, and cook, turning to brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Place the brisket pieces in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the onions, thyme, and garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring often and scraping to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, about 4 minutes. Add the caraway seeds and crushed red pepper; cook 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and 2 cups of the stock to the skillet; stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Add the onion mixture to the slow cooker. Stir the beets, parsnips, rye berries, salt, and remaining 4 cups stock into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until the brisket is tender, 7 hours and 30 minutes.

  2. Remove the brisket pieces, and set aside. Add the cabbage and red wine vinegar to the slow cooker; increase the heat to HIGH, and cook, uncovered, just until the cabbage is wilted, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, shred the brisket using 2 forks. Add the shredded brisket and black pepper to the slow cooker, and stir to combine. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top evenly with the sour cream and dill.


Multicooker Directions: In Step 1, place the browned brisket pieces in the inner pot of a 6-quart multicooker. Continue with Step 1, adding the cooked onion mixture to the pot; stir in the beets, parsnips, rye berries, salt, and remaining 4 cups stock. Lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to "Venting." Cook on SLOW COOK [Normal] until the brisket is very tender, about 8 hours. Turn off the cooker. In Step 2, remove the brisket pieces; set aside. Add the cabbage and vinegar to the pot. With the lid off, press SAUTÉ [Normal]; cook, uncovered, just until the cabbage is wilted, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, complete Step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 514mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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