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Comfort cabbage soup

Have you ever come home, you are tired and you have nothing but cabbage in the fridge?  Who hasn’t?!

Well, don’t fear, I have something for you that is quick, easy and surprisingly satisfying.

Here’s what you’ll need.

Your trusty dutch oven or favorite sturdy pot.

Turn it on to medium heat and add a good shot or two of olive oil about 2 tbsp.

Chop up a medium onion into nice diced bits and toss into the heated pot and stir them till they become translucent.

Then coarsely chop on the natural grain of the cabbage so that you get nice long strands like when you are making coleslaw.  I used half of a big green one.  Chop it and then rinse well.  Then into the pot it goes.

Add 1 tsp of salt and a few twists of fresh ground pepper.

Cook this till the cabbage gets nice and sweaty.

Now add a good shot of red wine vinegar, I guess about a Tbsp maybe a little more.

Then add:

  •  one clove of fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar ( optional but makes a big difference)
  • 1 tsp smokie paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes or a few shots of hot sauce

Stir this stuff in till it is well mixed.  Then add a small can of tomato paste and stir well making sure everything is well coated.

Cook this about 5 minutes longer then add either the stock of your choice, or just plain ol water.

If you stop here it is a vegan dish.  If you add something a little more meaty like some bits of Italian sausage, then it goes to a different place.

But at least now you have a base to make it your own.

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