This German Cabbage Soup is incredibly simple to make. If you love the caramelized flavor of fried cabbage, you will adore this soup.
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Watch me make this German Cabbage Soup:
This soup all begins with some shredded cabbage. An entire small head of it.
But the magic happens in the pot as you sauté it with some diced bacon and butter, until the bacon is crisped and the cabbage begins to brown and caramelize. When that happens, the cabbage takes on an irresistible sweetness that melds right into the soup.
Note: If you make this recipe with turkey (or beef) bacon to be biblically clean like I now do, you may need to add additional oil/fat as alternative bacons are very lean. See this recipe at Wholesome Skillet: How to Make Crispy Turkey Bacon
Before I married my husband, I had never had fried cabbage. But the first time I had it, I was in love. Now, I enjoy fried cabbage any time and this soup simply highlights that wonderful flavor.
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German Cabbage Soup
- 5 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 – 3/4 inch pieces (use turkey bacon for biblically clean)
- 1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 Tb butter, if needed
- 2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 2/3 c white wine
- 4 c beef broth
- 1 teaspoon dry parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
- 1 c heavy cream
- 3 russet potatoes, peeled & cubed
- To begin, sauté the bacon pieces in your Dutch oven until they are golden and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the cooked bacon out to a dish that is lined with a paper towel. Set it aside for now.
- Add the shredded cabbage to the Dutch oven and cook over medium heat until the cabbage is cooked and slightly browned in some spots, about 10 minutes. Add the butter if you need to, but the bacon drippings are often enough.
- Add in the white wine and scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen all of the "flavor bits" and de-glaze the pot.
- Add in all of the remaining ingredients.
- Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the potatoes are cooked, about 15 minutes.
- Top your bowl of soup with the cooked bacon.
Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.