Friday, December 2, 2016

Cabbage & Beef Soup

Let me start by saying that I have never had Cabbage soup before. So I wasn't 100% sure how I was going to make it. It was a pretty cold morning here in Germany and soup sounded really good for supper.

I took my youngest to Netto, a discount grocery store here. I knew that I wanted a soup with veggies, but wasn't sure what I wanted for it yet. So we grabbed some potatoes, carrots, and a head of cabbage. I was going to grab some onions too, but decided to do an onion soup mix instead. I know, it was definitely the easy way out, but I really didn't want to cut up onions today.

We ended up not putting potatoes in the soup at all and used a can of Kidney Beans instead. This was the end result. And let me tell you, my boys (ages 3 and 5) gobbled this up! It was a hit with my family and will probably go into our regular rotation for meals.


The inspiration for my soup came from this recipe by NANCYSCOTT1:


I have a family of 4, two of which are under the age of 6. So I made mine a little different than hers. Here are the ingredients for the batch I made today.

1 pound Ground Beef/Ground Pork mix*
1 package of Knorr Zwiebel Suppe Mix (Onion Soup Mix)
1/2 of a head of Cabbage, chopped
4 Medium Carrots diced
1 (16 ounce) can of Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Cups of Water
2 (15 ounce) cans of Tomato Sauce
2 Cups Beef Stock
1 1/5 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp of Black Pepper

Place the meat in a pan on the stove and cook until it is browned and crumbled. Drain the fat (I also rinse the meat in the strainer) and place it in a crockpot. Add 2 cups of beef stock and the onion soup mix. Stir well, then add the cabbage, carrots, beans, and bouillon cube. Add the pepper and ground cumin along with the tomato sauce and stir well. Add in the water 1 cup at a time until the soup is at the preferred consistency. 

Cook on High for 2-3 hours, then on Low for 3 hours. Or you can cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours. Make sure that you stir the soup occasionally so that nothing sticks to the bottom or sides.

*I was looking for ground turkey, but was unable to find it at Netto today. So feel free to use a meat of your choosing. If you make your own batch of Cabbage soup, I'd love to hear from you. Just comment below :)

Thank You,
Brandy

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