Mom's Yummy Cabbage Soup (Even if You Don't Like Cabbage!)

"This recipe I received from my mom several years ago. I am not a big fan of cabbage normally, but I LOVE this soup. It's even better the next day. And it's so easy. Perfect for a cold winter's day, wonderful with a salad and some good hot bread."
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  • In a large pot, put cut-up cabbage and raw ground beef, diced onion and all ingredients EXCEPT for the tomato paste.
  • Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat until the meat and cabbage are done. (NOTE: You do not have to drain the fat from the ground beef.) (The cabbage and beef usually get done at about the same time--if not, just cook a little longer till the cabbage is done.).
  • Turn heat down to low, add the tomato paste and cook about 15 minutes longer.
  • I usually add a little salt and pepper as I cook, then season again to taste when the soup is finished.

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  1. minnieszoo
    Thank you for sharing this outstanding recipe. Comfort food, you betcha! Served with Russian black bread spread with lite sour cream and sweet onions, it brings the Balkans to my Missouri kitchen. Very easy to make. Better as it ages one or two days in the fridge.
  2. Heidi3
    Very good. I added some red chili flakes for a bit more spice.
  3. jonesginny
    I like this soup... and extended the suggestions of the person who suggested adding cayenne. I'd also like to add caraway seeds, but don't have any at moment. A google search revealed that "Herbs which compliment cabbage are: basil, caraway, cayenne, cumin, dill, fennel , marjoram, sage and savory." I might try some others next time.
  4. puppitypup
    I would try this again without the sugar. We thought it was too sweet, and that it needed more flavor. I added italian seasoning at the end, but it still needed something more. On the plus side, it's very easy.
    I made this yesterday after my dad gave me a head of cabbage. It was wonderful! I added a can of diced tomatoes and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. The only change I would make to the original is a little less sugar. I will share this with others and make it again!


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