Recipe by Messy44
I had a wonderful Sarma Soup at a local eatery and then tried to find a recipe online with no luck. So I used recipes for traditional Croatian Sarma, stuffed cabbage leaves, and made up my own version in a soup. It is very close to the version I had in the restaurant, but I like this one better. I am not Croatian and have no idea how authentic these flavors are, but I did use elements from recipes that were described as "authentic." This would be great for using up extra rice. Very easy and such comfort food.
- 1 lb ground beef, browned
- 2 slices turkey bacon, browned and crumbled
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 4 cups water or 4 cups beef broth
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium beef bouillon cubes
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 2 -3 cups cabbage, sliced thin
- 14 ounces reduced-sodium diced tomatoes, undrained
Directions See How It's Made
- Cook turkey bacon in frying pan until crisped, remove from pan to drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.
- Add ground beef to pan and brown in turkey bacon drippings until almost cooked through.
- Add diced onion and cook 4-5 minutes until onions are transparent.
- Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Drain meat mixture on paper towel lined plate.
- Place all ingredients, including meat mixture and turkey bacon, in a large pot and cook over medium heat until it boils. Turn heat down and cook for at least one hour, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if it gets too thick for your liking. I cook mine 2-3 hours.