Surprisingly, everyone loved this cabbage roll soup!
Kent's brother, Kip, is a police officer up North, and also happens to be a great cook. (He's a pretty great guy, too, like all Kent's brothers; and you've never met bigger smart alecks, although “alecks” isn't the word I'd normally use there…) He sent me this recipe and wow, what a HIT with the fam. It's easy to pull together quickly for busy nights, so that makes it an even bigger hit for ME. It's an antioxidant-rich, low-carb, super flavorful meal!
Cabbage Roll Soup
- 1 pound ground beef (If you don't have a local source for pastured meats, find safe, healthy pastured meats here)
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped (or used dried onion if you don't have fresh)
- 1 clove garlic (I used more like 4 cloves! Again, used dried garlic if needed)
- 1 small cabbage, chopped (if you have a bigger cabbage, use the rest for this yummy roasted cabbage recipe)
- 1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
- About 30 ounces organic diced tomatoes (best if you chop them fresh or buy them in a glass jar to avoid the BPA in the can lining)
- 8 ounces organic tomato sauce
- 2 cups water (or more if it's too thick) — I substituted homemade beef bone broth here for extra nutrition, click here for 3 simple ways to make bone broth. By the way, I now know how quick and simple pressure cooker broth is so I can make some mineral-rich broth more quickly in a pinch. If you just don't think you will make it or want some on hand for when you're really crunched for time, try this bone broth — it's 100% grass-fed with a bunch of gelatin, organic ingredients, and it's shelf stable! I love keeping their beef and chicken broth on-hand for quick recipes because they make it just like I do here, and without the nasty msg-like ingredients, additives, or preservatives that store-bought has. Also, here's how to make broth for rookies. 🙂
- Sea salt and pepper to your taste preference (we like a lot)
- 2 cups cooked rice (I like this rice)
- Sauerkraut — click here for the Nourishing Traditions sauerkraut recipe (optional)
Cook the meat and onion until brown. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add to a stock pot with the rest of the ingredients except the rice and kraut. Cook for about 20 minutes to get the cabbage tender and the flavors throughout. Right before eating, stir in the cooked rice and the kraut, if desired. Kip added the kraut when he made it again and said, “NOW it tastes like cabbage rolls, in a soup form.”
This made enough for five of us to have generous portions one night and we scarfed down the leftovers the next night. 🙂
- Also, try these Easy Low-Carb Cabbage Rolls
- More main dish recipes are here
- Have you seen my easy homemade mayo recipe?!
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