Here is another delicious soup which will warm you through to your toes during the cold winter months. Foodland Ontario posted it on facebook a few weeks ago and I printed the recipe. Presumably I was not alone because a few weeks later my facebook feed was FULL of raving comments about the soup. Comments I whole heartedly agree with.
I've had other cabbage roll soup recipe which recreate the flavour of the famous Polish dish . . . sort of. This recipe nails it. The end result is nothing short of amazing. And while the recipe makes a fair the leftovers won't last long at all.
I have a confession, I wasn't sure the recipe would work. Essentially you make meatballs with uncooked rice which get dumped into the soup. I figured some of the rice would cook as the meatballs bounced about in the bubbling soup but didn't think the rice inside the meatballs would. I was wrong - the meatballs double in size as the rice sucks up the broth and softens resulting in fabulous tasting meatballs with a flavour reminiscent of the traditional cabbage roll filling. YUM
Cabbage Roll Soup
8 oz (250 g) lean ground beef 8 oz (250 g) ground pork 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup (175 mL) uncooked rice 1 medium onion, minced 1 small clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil 8 cups (2 L) chicken broth 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes 4 cups (1 L) shredded cabbage 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley
In large bowl, mix together beef, pork, egg, rice, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Form into 1-1/2 inch (4 cm) balls to make 25 to 30 meatballs.
In Dutch oven or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat; brown meatballs all over. Add chicken broth, tomatoes (including juice) and cabbage. Bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve.
In winter if it is the weekend there is most likely a pot of soup on the stove at our house. A huge pot will provide lunches for the week. Leftovers are frozen. At this point our freezer is starting to be overrun with soup.
I was looking for a cabbage soup recipe (yes, lots of cabbages in our CSA recently) and found this recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen. She suggested using pre-cooked sausage links and to be honest I am not sure what that it. We used kielbasa.
The end result was a hearty, delicious soup. In fact, the other day I had just finished a bowl at the office when a colleague walked in and asked what smelled so amazing. When I told her it was lentil soup she refused to believe me - presumably lentil soup has all sorts of connotations of boring, blandness and there is none of that with this one.
This recipe makes a lot of soup . . . 8 - 10 large servings. You could cut it in half but why bother- it freezes well and will provide you with warm, delicious soup for weeks.
I was a bit worried about the amount of water in the soup thinking, erroneously it turned out, that it would result in a soup with no taste. I should have known to trust Kalyn!
Lentil and Sausage Soup with Cabbage
6 cups water 10 cups homemade chicken stock 3-4 links precooked sausage, cut into small pieces (about 2 cups diced sausage) - I used diced kielbasa 2 cups brown lentils 1 cup finely diced onion 1 cup finely diced celery 1 cup finely diced carrots 3 cups coarsely chopped cabbage 2-3 bay leaves 2 T minced garlic 2 tsp. dried thyme 1 tsp. ground cumin 2 T tomato paste (I used the type from a tube)
Put water, chicken stock, bay leaves, garlic, thyme, cumin, tomato paste, and lentils in large soup pot and start to simmer. Cut sausage in fourths lengthwise, then into small pieces and add to soup. Add finely chopped onion, celery, and carrots and coarsely chopped cabbage. Let soup simmer on low 2-3 hours or more, until lentils are starting to dissolve, and some of the vegetables have been incorporated into soup. Serve hot.
Aqua Alta in San Marco Square, Venice. It is amazing how quick the water rises. People quickly clamber up on the raised walk ways to avoid walking in the water. Once you are up on the walkway there is NOTHING quick about your journey until the water recedes.
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.