Well hello again! It’s been a while since I made a new recipe or came up with one on my own. With all of us on different “diets”, it makes it difficult to cook and please everyone. So, we go out to eat pretty much all the time now. More so since Allyson is away at school. I am not complaining but sometimes, that gets tired. However, I have been craving cabbage and soup for about a week. I like stuffed cabbage but don’t like all the work. So I decided to combine the two with some changes along the way. Yesterday, I whipped up a large pot of beef and cabbage soup that was so much better then I ever anticipated! Since I suffer from CRS, I thought I better write this one down. Keep in mind that cooking, unlike baking, does not require actual measurements- especially with soup. But this is basically how it went:
2 lbs ground beef
2 -14oz cans of dark red kidney beans
4 c box of beef stock
6 c box of beef broth
5 cups of chopped cabbage (almost 1 large head – you want bite size)
1 -8 oz (? small can ) of tomato paste
1 large yellow onion – chopped
2 cloves of garlic – minced
2-3 cups of water to top off the batch so all the cabbage is covered
Salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne pepper to taste
Why stock AND broth? Because that is what the store had. Just go with what is available. Not sure when to use a stock vs broth? This is a great explanation of the two.
Brown meat (S&P to taste), drain and add to the pot reserving juices in pan. Saute onions and garlic in beef juices approx. 5 minutes then add to pot.
Combine all other ingredients in to the pot. Add the salt & three ground peppers to taste. Bring to a boil then simmer for at least an hour.
There are so many ways to make this your own! If you want it more like a chili flavor, use cumin. If you want it meatless, add a grain and some carrots, portobello mushrooms plus vegetable broth. This can also be thrown into a crock pot and left to sit on low for a few hours.
I hope you all enjoy this soup this much as I did. This is going in the rotation as a winter comfort food.