Cabbage. You either love it or hate it. Lucky for me, my family loves it. And fortunately, it is a cheap & nourishing meal.
There really isn’t much to say about cabbage soup other than cabbage is low in sodium, but is loaded with vitamin C & is a good source of vitamin K, B6, sulphur, and folate. With pesky cold & flu season lurking around the corner, I’ll take all the nutrients I can get.
Even though the majority of the time I can’t get cabbage local or organic (my winter garden is looking promising though), I still feel that it’s better to cook it from scratch than warming up a can of soup from the grocery store.
Warming Cabbage Soup
( approx. 8-10 servings)
What you’ll need:
- 1 Head of Cabbage, washed & cut into 1-2 inch chunks (should cost less than $1)
- 2 pints of homemade chicken bone broth, you can find my recipe here (free when you make it)
- 1-2 packages of smoked sausage, ground pastured beef, or ground deer meat (meat is optional)
**this could easily be a vegetarian dish by substituting with vegetable broth & excluding the meat**
What to do:
- Cook your meat if you are using ground beef or deer meat. Once it’s browned, or if you are using smoked sausage, add your cut up cabbage, and bone broth. Add filtered water if you feel it needs more liquid. Then put your lid on your pot & let it boil at medium heat for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check to see the “softness” of the cabbage is to your liking. It’s kind of like bacon, some people like it crunchy, some like it rubbery. Cook it a little longer if you need it a bit softer. You can season to taste with salt & pepper right now if you’d like.
Ladle it into a bowl or a mug- and perhaps serve it with a piece of homemade sourdough bread or cornbread, slathered in organic, pastured butter. You’re belly will thank you. And if you’re cold, this should warm you up very quickly. This generally provides our family of 4- two meals. Enjoy!
For further reading about cabbage & it’s benefits:
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