Romanian vegetarian borsch with home made smoked ribs

As a Romanian, it’s about time to post another Romanian recipe – vegetable sour soup (borsch) with smoked ribs).


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 mushrooms cut in thick slices
  • 1 parsley root cut in cubs
  • 6 small carrots cut in cubs
  • 1 red bell pepper cut in cubs
  • 1/2 rack smoked ribs
  • 3 stalks of celery cut in thick slices
  • 3 green onions cut in slices
  • 1 onion cut small cubs
  • 1 big tomato cut in small cubs
  • 1 x 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 medium yams cut in big cubs
  • 4 medium potatoes cut in big cubs
  • 1.5 quarts of vegetable/chicken stock
  • 1L of water or more to get the desired consistency
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 hot peppers (I used jalapeño)
  • lemon juice to taste (I used the original borsch – you can buy it at any Romanian delicatessen)
  • few springs of lovage, parsley and dill cut thin
  • sour cream for serving


In a big pot, heat the oil and sweat the onion, green onions, celery, carrots, parsley root, mushrooms and bell pepper adding one ingredient at the time and stir for about 8-10 minutes. Add the brought and water in the pot together with the smoked ribs and boil until the meat is falling of the bone. In the end add the potatoes and 5 minutes after the yams and let them boil until tender. Turn off the heat and add the greens (parsley, dill and lovage).


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