Can anything be better on a cold winter’s day, than homemade soup? Soups come in many different flavors with hundreds of different ingredients but as a simple cook I try to keep mine down to about 10 ingredients or less. This cabbage soup recipe is an old family favorite that can be enhanced with many options.
It was the go to soup recipe my mother used many times in my childhood. As I get older, I find myself wanting to make it more often. It always brings back memories of her.
Hassies’ Basic Cabbage Soup Recipe
1 Small Head of Cabbage, about 4 cups, thinly sliced
1 Medium Onion, medium chopped
5-6 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 Large Can of Italian Tomatoes, diced, juice included
1 Large Carrot, washed, sliced thin
2 Celery Stalks, washed, sliced thin
3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, finely chopped
2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Using a large soup pot over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoon of the Olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions, celery,carrots with one half of the salt and pepper. Stir until all the vegetables are hot all the way through, add the garlic and lower the heat. Let the mixture cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often, do not let anything burn or it will cause a bitter taste in your soup. Now pour in the chicken broth, adding the cabbage and tomatoes. Stir to allow the flavors to mingle then cover and let the heat come up until you have a soft boil. Cook for 10 minutes then taste and add the rest of the salt and pepper, if needed. Allow it to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes more. When ready to serve, top with some chopped Spring Onions or fresh Cilantro, finely chopped. Serve with an assortment of crackers or multi grain breads.
Options to add to this basic soup recipe are: 1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano, 1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin, chopped Spring Onions, fresh Green Beans, 1 Large Potato, cubed small, 1 Cup of Corn, 1 medium Zucchini, diced.
Adding a protein to the soup mixture can enrich the meal: Meats to include could be, Cooked Chicken [1-2 Cups, diced] Small Pasta, whole wheat [1/2-1 Cup], cooked ground Beef [93/7]. Tofu would be an excellent ingredient for people using cabbage soup as a diet meal.
Remember if you are using this soup as a diet tool, make sure it has some fat in it as certain vitamins are fat soluble, which means they need some fat for the body to absorb the nutrients. Add the last tablespoon of olive oil over the soup and stir. Even when on a diet, you want to capture all the nutrients you can from the food you are eating.