Cabbage Soup Recipe

This easy cabbage soup recipe is reminiscent of the Russian cabbage borscht my grandmother used to make. This is simple and delicious and is a perfect way to warm up during the cold winter months.

My grandmother would make the most delicious soups – this cabbage soup recipe is one of my favourites – it is simple, quick to throw together and yummy.

The original cabbage borscht was made with a meat base – I have, of course, eliminated that ingredient. Also, there are some who add potato to the recipe – feel free to do so if you wish – potato will add volume and another element to the soup while the flavor remains unchanged.

This soup has a tangy sweet/sour flavour – one of the ingredients is sour salt or lemon salt. If you don’t have this in your spice cabinet, substitute cider vinegar or lemon juice. Taste and correct seasonings to get the right balance of sweet and sour.


INGREDIENTS
1 head green cabbage
1 large onion chopped
2 carrots, grated
1 tin crushed or cubed tomatoes OR 5 -6 tomatoes chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
2 bay leaves
Salt
Black pepper to taste – I like it peppery but use as much as your family will like
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. sour (lemon) salt OR 1 tbsp. cider vinegar


PREPARATION
1. Chop or shred the cabbage.

2. Place the cabbage, carrot, onion, tomatoes, broth, bay leaves and salt into a soup pot.

3. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer, covered, for about 1 -1½ hours.

4. Season with the black pepper, sugar and lemon salt/vinegar.

5. Check seasoning – adjust salt, pepper, sugar or sour salt as needed.

This is lovely low carb, no fat vegetarian soup. If you let it sit for a day or two it, it gets even better (in the fridge of course!). And it’s easy!

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