Monday, February 7, 2011

Remember the Cabbage Soup Diet?

This isn't it!  This soup, accompanied by a crusty Italian roll slathered in butter, should come under the heading of "comfort" food rather than "diet" food.  I suppose you could omit the roll but it just wouldn't be the same.  The whole idea came about when I met up with a beautiful savoy cabbage at Whole Foods a few days ago.  A little further on were some nice fingerling potatoes.  When my cart steered itself toward the bakery (I totally stole this idea from Ginny over at Let Your Light Shine except it's her GPS that takes control) and fresh Italian rolls, I knew I'd have to head home and make a pot of soup.

With the exception of the cabbage, all the ingredients are probably already in your kitchens.  So, if you are still viewing snow (sandy beaches are o.k.), head into the kitchen and put on a pot.  It's a fast one.


Savoy Cabbage Soup

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, quartered and sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp sugar
3 cups flavorful chicken stock
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes and their juice
2 medium potatoes, quartered and thinly sliced or five fingerling potatoes thinly sliced
3 cups of roughly chopped savoy cabbage (or any cabbage)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
Salt and Pepper to taste

1.  In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute, stirring frequently, until opaque--about 3 minutes.  Add the chopped garlic and stir for 1 minute.  Sprinkle the sugar over and stir.  

2.  Add the chicken stock and the tomatoes.  Partially cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.

3.  Add the potatoes and simmer an additional five minutes.

4.  Add 2 cups of the cabbage and simmer an additional ten minutes.

4.  Stir in the tomato paste.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add the remaining one cup of cabbage and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

ENJOY!


35 comments:

  1. I love cabbage. This soup looks so healthy and comforting!

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  2. I love cabbage. This soup looks so healthy and comforting!

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  3. I am all about soup and cabbage in soup. I will be trying this!

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  4. I remember that aweful diet soup ;~! yuck.

    this one looks great though, I agree with you a nice crusty hunk of bread would go great!

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  5. Will definitely be trying this!! Very easy and very good!

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  6. Boy, your hubby must be in hog heaven each time you get in the kitchen to cook. What mouth watering bowl of soup and you sure cant leave off the roll.

    I do remember that cabbage diet, I think cabbage prices took a nose dive after that diet wore off.

    Sun is out and spring is right around the corner.

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  7. devine! looks good enough to EAT ha ha. thanks for sharing. i made cauliflower soup last week, used my mothers potato soup but used cauliflower. it was delish

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  8. Yum, Bonnie... My cart automatically goes to the bakery also.. Wonder why????? ha ha ...

    Thanks for the Cabbage Soup recipe. Sounds great.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. This is perfect, I love cabbage and was just thinking today soup would be so good:@)

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  10. Thanks for the mention! When we were first married, I used to make cabbage soup and we ate it three times a week. I put lots of thhings in it and then we sprinkled parmesan on top. BUT I have never cooked with savoy cabbage! I have seen it in the stores, and it looks very pretty and more delicate than regular cabbage. So now I have a recipe to try it!! I have just printed the whole thing out. I like it because it uses no meat, and things I have on hand anyway. It's also cheap and fast!!

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  11. My mouth waters, once again, at your soup.

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  12. One of my few concessions to processed foods is Rotel which I add to my cabbage soup. We like the spiciness of it. I usually serve it with some sour cream jalapeno cornbread or crusty parmesan sourdough. Gosh. Now I'm hungry again!

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  13. ...and what a lovely soup you conjured up for us . It looks lovely and sounds delicious. I hope you've had a great weekend. May your team win as long as it's the same as mine. Blessings...Mary

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  14. That soup sounds and looks wonderful. I agree with you about adding a dinner roll with this meal.

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  15. This may be my dinner tomorrow night! Looks delicious.

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  16. I love the rich look of the broth. I would love to give this soup a try.

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  17. Bonnie, I LOVED that cabbage soup diet! LOL! (maybe I should give that a whirl, no... think I'll stick with the idea of the slathered fresh rolls along with this version of delicious soup!) Thank you!

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  18. To be honest I have never tried to make cabbage soup, but looking at this pot I think I need to change this asap.

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  19. With a fresh snowfall this siyp would be very welcome right now!

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  20. OH how I love SOUP! And, I love cabbage! I am going to try this one! AND, FYI...I will HAVE to have the crusty bread to dip in that lovely broth!

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  21. I just put a head of cabbage on my grocery list so I can make this wonderful soup. I love cabbage and potatoes because they remind me of my grandmother's cooking.

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  22. As much as I love soup, I don't think I've ever had cabbage soup. Sounds healthy and delicious.
    Sam

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  23. I've got to make this! Love Savoy cabbage. And yes, a chunk of crusty French bread is a must to sop up all those lovely juices!

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  24. For the record, I love cabbage soup, though I never tried the diet. Maybe I would have liked it. I think I need the wire-your-mouth-shut-so-you-can't-shove-all-the-great-food-you-get-your-hands-on-into-your-mouth-diet.

    But I'm going to try this soup for sure...with the bread and butter! :)

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  25. Bonnie,

    I remember this diet! Couldn't even look at a cabbage for a while. But I do love it now and make a similar soup. The bread is a must.

    Carol

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  26. It looks hearty and filling... yum!

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  27. Well heck Bonnie, why not just write a cookbook? I have a pile of your recipes. This soup looks great and if we ever have another rainy or gray day it will be simmering on my stove.

    Here is a question for you and your fans. I have a fancy schmancy All Clad slow cooker. Co$t was high, but I thought it would look great out in full view and since it was All Clad it should last for many years. My 39.00 crock pot lasted 12 years.

    Anyhow, I used the slow cooker less than 10 times before it quit. No abuse, no hard knocks, nothing bad happened, it just flashed 8-8-8 on the read out and pooped out. When I checked on line ratings I found dozens of folks had the same problem.

    I'm just wondering how many more are out there. We've heard they're not cooperating on the repairs. I have copper All Clad hanging in my kitchen and they were featured on a RENUZIT package with a pic of my kitchen. Bad P.R. for them. Any comments appreciated.

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  28. This sounds delicious, Bonnie. Thank you for writing out the recipe. And thank you for visiting my blog!

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  29. I cook with cabbage way too infrequently. But one of the best parts of making soup is definitely the crusty roll you eat with it! This sounds delicious.

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  30. I adore cabbage soup...as long as it is expertly flavored and accompanied with some crust bread. Yours looks great! Thank you for sharing your words, your photos and your thoughts. I'm blessed to have you in my day! I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!

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  31. Yes, I sure do remember the cabbage soup diet! I loved that soup and yours looks like a gourmet version of it. Delicious!

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  32. I remember the cabbage soup diet, and you know I always thaought it tasted pretty good...with some small modifications. I added beans or potatoes, chicken stock and with some bread it made a very nice meal. Your soup looks down right delicious.

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  33. Ideal Weight Loss rapid slimming, the Cabbage Soup Diet.

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