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Easy Borscht with goat's cheese tartlets

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Home-made soup is delicious. This is easy and cheap to make and can be frozen. Instead of the usual bread accompaniment, why not try these tasty cheesy tartlets.
Home-made soup is delicious. This is easy and cheap to make and can be frozen. Instead of the usual bread accompaniment, why not try these tasty cheesy tartlets.
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Borscht, a rich beetroot soup, is an Eastern European favourite. Whip up a batch yourself with this easy recipe - it's just delicious with homemade goat's cheese tartlets

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 med potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 500g (1lb) raw beetroot, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 900ml (1½ pints) hot home-made chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • A few sprigs of dill
For the tartlets (makes 12):
  • 375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 130-150g log of goat’s cheese, with rind on
  • A few sprigs of thyme
  • Salt and ground black pepper

There will be some pastry left over, so make a few jam tarts!

Method

  1. Put the oil and butter in a large pan over a low heat. Add the onion, carrot, potato and garlic, and cook for about 15 mins until softened.
  2. Add the beetroot and sugar and cook for 3-4 mins. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for an hour.
  3. Whizz in a food processor, then push the purée through a sieve. Reheat and add more stock or water to thin it, if you like. Ladle into warm bowls and serve with a swirl of crème fraîche and dill fronds on top. To make the tartlets: Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Unroll the pastry. Cut out 12 x 6.5cm (2¾in) rounds. Mark a thin border around each one using a 5cm (2in) cutter. Put them on a Teflon-lined baking sheet, prick the middles a few times with a fork. Bake for 10 mins above the centre of the oven. Cut the goat’s cheese into 12 slices. Push down the centres of the tartlets and press a slice of cheese inside each one. Add thyme sprigs and season. Bake for 10 mins more.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 507(kcal)
  • Fat 34.0g
  • Saturates 18.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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