Cabbage Beef Soup

Vegetable Soup with Cabbage and Beef ?
Unstuffed Cabbage ? Naaa…I think that one would be with “ground” beef. Yeah, that would be more like Albondigas Soup w/Cabbage.
I never really knew what I should title this soup. I made it up when my kids were little, on the farm. Is it cabbage and beef soup? Vegetable beef soup? with cabbage? Call it what you want, it turned out good to us. A hit with my family.
As close as I can get from my non-measuring and tImIng self…
Always taste. .and keep tasting and seasoning to taste thru-out cooking! You can always add salt and pepper but you can’t take it back out.
1-1/4 lb. lean beef stew meat (trimmed of fat), cut in 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1-1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon sugar
1 small head cabbage
Couple carrots…
1 pkg of Knorr’s Vegetable Soup Mix
Dash of crushed red pepper , optional
– other vegetables to preference or what’s at hand (I usually add green beans. Short/cut corn still on cob is real good too.)
1. Season and sear meat in oil in a stock pot . Remove meat and sauté onion in remaining oil until golden. Return meat (okay #confession: I just add onions on top of seared meat & sauté a couple/few minutes more). Add water, salt & peppe. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1-1/4 hours.
2. Add carrots, Knorr’s soup mix, tomatoes (via paste, diced, stewed…another time where use what’s at hand), pinch of crushed red pepper and sugar; Add cabbage on top of meat. Add water to cover. Bring back to a boil, turn to simmer. Cover and simmer 45 minutes more.

I got to use my mandoline 😀


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