This soup was served in my college student union and was a hit with starving college students as it's big on flavor while using only frugal ingredients. I was never able to wheedle the recipe from the cooks, but this is a very close clone of it. It's a super diet recipe as it has a spicy kick that other cabbage soup recipes don't. I think diets fail more from lack of flavor than from hunger pangs! Also, it's the first soup I think of at the first sign of a cold as this one warms you from the inside out. With a toasted cheese sandwich and a hot cup of tea with honey, it's better than penicillin!