Cabbage Vegetable Soup

During the 1980’s this soup was a fad, popular dish for those who want to undergo radical weight loss by consuming this dish heavily for seven days. It was said that if you follow this diet regime is that you will lose 10 pounds of weight within a 7-day period, experts believe this was misleading as the weight loss was more of water than fat. The origin of this dish was unknown but was linked with many institutions like the “Sacred Heart Diet”, “Military Cabbage Soup”, “TJ Miracle Soup Diet”, and “Russian Peasant Diet” but all of them denied their involvement.

Well I am not on a diet but I have tons of cabbage on my refrigerator, a typical issue when you have a small family to feed and you have only the option of buying one whole cabbage. Rather than going to waste I made this dish which was, like I said fad during the days. Nothing wrong with it as long as you don’t think of it as a diet food, I was preparing this as a starter for my dinner. Combining it with other vegetables like carrots, celery, potato, shiitake and minced pork makes is a very tasty and hearty soup.

Cabbage Vegetable Soup
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Serves: 5-6
  • ½ head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup minced pork
  • 6 pcs shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and diced
  • 6 cups good chicken stock
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 medium starchy potato, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 medium leeks, white parts only and chopped
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a soup pot heat olive oil then sauté garlic, onions, carrots, celery and leeks.
  2. Add minced pork and shiitake then continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add potato, thyme and chicken stock then bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Stir in cabbage and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes, stir in the vinegar then serve.



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