Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cabbage Soup for the Soul!

The smell of a savory aromatic soup always draws me in........

As the soup simmers I find myself gravitating toward the pot for a whiff of that rich heartwarming scent.

This basic soup  could be considered a peasant food but who are we fooling, soups have a deep-seated wholesome way about them. And this cabbage soup fits the bill! Easy to make and you can substitute ingredients and still get fabulous results!

Cabbage Soup           
                                                                                                   Yield: 6 servings

1 small head of cabbage, chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
1 small white or yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 med. Potatoes, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup leftover pork, beef or sausage, diced (optional)
14 ½ oz. can beef broth
14 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
½ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil or ¼ cup fresh
dash of worcestershire sauce
few shakes of chipotle chili pepper
pepper and salt to taste

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots. Sauté until slightly tender, remove from pot then add cabbage and sauté until slightly tender. Add the sautéd vegetables back in.
Stir in garlic, tomatoes, and meat. Pour in beef broth and enough water to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
Stir in oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt. Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed. Simmer ½ hour or until vegetables are tender.
                                                                                              Serve and enjoy!

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