This is a delicious take on the classic Eastern European soup. Whole rye grains are simmered with beans and vegetables in a tomato soup base. A truly wonderful vegetarian soup. Enjoy with a dollop of soured cream.
Whole rye grain are also known as rye berries. You can purchase them in speciality shops or online.
Comfort food! I subbed pinto beans for the others, so I cooked those with the rye berries. It wasn't until I was enjoying my serving that I realized I had forgotten to add the cabbage! I'll put it in when I reheat this delightful soup! Thanks for the recipe! - 02 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I followed your directions, except added canned white northern beans with the vegetables, instead of the cannellini beans. (The dry beans probably would have been better if I had them.) We never had borscht before. It was pretty good, but I expect it is an acquired taste. We'll have plenty of opportunity to find out, as it made enough to last us for a couple of weeks. There are just 2 of us. Anyway, thanks for the recipe. It was fun trying something different. Mar. 14 update: I put some of this in freezer containers and saved. My husband and I happily did acquire a taste for it, and now we love it. Just had some for lunch today, and my hubby asked, is that all? There wasn't enough left for seconds. Have to increase the rating to 5 stars. Congratulations for a distinctly unique and very delicious recipe! Now I have another good use for all my rye berries. - 16 Feb 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
It was a lot of work compared to how we usually cook, but turned out good! Great way to use rye berries, which is why I tried it. We didn't use exact amounts--some extra here and there, like with the tomatoes--and it made a huge pot! We are going to have a lot to freeze for later. Thanks for the recipe! - 09 Jun 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)