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Cabbage Soup

Beyond the Cabbage Patch: A Flavorful Italian Veggie Soup Odyssey

This Cabbage Soup recipe is anything but boring! It's a vibrant symphony of colorful vegetables simmering in a rich, Italian-spiced tomato broth. Forget limp and lifeless – this soup boasts an impressive array of chopped carrots, celery, green beans, bell peppers, and of course, cabbage, all bathed in a flavorful tomato base.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • A Festival of Flavor: This soup is a celebration of fresh ingredients. Every spoonful bursts with the taste of crisp vegetables and a hint of Italian spice.
  • Hearty and Healthy: Don't let the light ingredients fool you – this soup is surprisingly satisfying and packed with essential nutrients. It's a perfect guilt-free comfort food.
  • Incredibly Versatile: This recipe is a jumping-off point for your culinary creativity! Swap the vegetables for your favorites, or add protein like sausage, chicken, or beans for an extra boost.
  • Meal Prep Magic: This soup is a dream come true for busy schedules. It's quick and easy to make, and the leftovers keep beautifully in the refrigerator for delicious lunches or dinners throughout the week.

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable Medley:

    • 5 carrots, chopped
    • 3 onions, chopped
    • 1 large head of cabbage, chopped
    • 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
    • 2 green bell peppers, diced
    • 10 stalks of celery, chopped
  • Flavorful Broth:

    • 2 (16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
    • 2 quarts tomato juice
    • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
    • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
    • Water (enough to cover vegetables)

Instructions:

  1. Gather Your Ingredients: Chop the carrots, onions, cabbage, green beans, bell peppers, and celery. Having all your vegetables prepped beforehand makes the cooking process a breeze.

  2. Soup Symphony: In a large pot, combine the chopped vegetables, canned tomatoes with their liquid, tomato juice, beef broth, and dry onion soup mix. Pour in enough water to cover the vegetables.

  3. Simmering to Perfection: Bring the soup to a simmer, then cover the pot and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

  4. Flavor Explosion: Taste the soup and adjust seasonings as desired. You may want to add a pinch of salt or black pepper to enhance the flavors.

  5. A Feast for the Senses: Ladle the hot soup into bowls and enjoy! The vibrant colors of the vegetables and the enticing aroma will have your mouth watering.

Tips:

  • For a heartier soup, add cooked protein like sausage, chicken, or beans.
  • Feel free to customize the vegetables! This recipe is a great base for using up leftover veggies in your fridge.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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