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Here we go-first time I have ever tried to create a recipe for this much loved soup!!

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. of chopped garlic
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
2 cups cabbage, chopped
6 large beets (size of apples)
4 cups of beet water
4 cups potatos, chopped in fairly large dice
8 cups beef broth
650 ml. Jar of your favourite Pasta sauce.
2 cans of consommé
1 Jar of pickled beets with juice, chopped in small pieces
1 container roasted red pepper dip (see end notes)
Spinach or beet tops, chopped
Fresh and dried dill
Salt and pepper to tast
Sour cream to taste

DIRECTIONS

BEETS- scrub beets well with vegetable brush leaving skins on.
Place beets in large pot covering them with cold water and put on to boil.
Boil beets until cooked,adding water as needed to keep them covered.This can take an hour or longer.
When cooked, strain beet water into bowl and reserve.This becomes your four cups of beet water in receipe.
Run beets under cold water removing skin and grate with box grater.

In very large pot heat olive oil. When hot, add garlic and onions and stir for few minutes until translucent.
Add your diced celery, carrots, and cabbage and sauté for five minutes, stirring often. I usually add S&P, and dried dill at this stage.
Add potatoes and continue to sauté for at least 10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender. If vegetables are starting to stick add small amounts of stock.
Add beef stock,consommé , pasta sauce, reserved beet juice, and Jar of pickled beets and juice, and continue cooking until vegetables are tender.
Add your grated beets into soup and continue cooking another 10 minutes or so.
Last step is to add the roasted red pepper dip along with about four cups of chopped spinach. Add more seasonings and finish with a good cup or more of fresh dill.
Serve with sour cream.

KITCHEN NOTES

I always add this roasted red pepper dip I buy at IGA as it just helps thicken soup and give it a rich texture.
I have used red pepper hummus as well with good results.
Remember it is pretty hard to mess up most soups so be a bit creative–have some extra salsa throw it in, couple spoonfuls of bean dip left over, go on and add it!!
I grew up eating my moms version of this soup and my five kids have grown up eating my version.!! This is my favourite soup of all time- Enjoy