This Cabbage Soup is a healthy and easy recipe to keep you warm and cozy all winter! Made with hamburger meat and tons of simple vegetables, it’s the best way to warm up on a cold day!
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So T’s new thing is giving kisses and it is the absolute best! I’ve always loved the fact that A is so liberal with giving kisses, but now to have T doing it as well, is so adorable and so special.
So T has understood the concept of giving kisses for a few month, but they were infrequent and basically consisted of her moving her head towards yours. She would even throw a kiss here and there.
Recently, she has figured out how to pucker her lips and give a real kiss and it couldn’t be sweeter. So now, once she gets going, there’s no stopping her. She kisses all of us, the dog, the couch, pillows. Whatever happens to be around.
The absolute best was the other night- we had just finished baths and the girls were in their jammies and were hanging out in my bed. A was watch PJ Masks and T was doing her busy-toddler-thing where she gets into everything. We were goofing around and I was tickling her and making her giggle.
T gave me a kiss and then I said “Tess, go give Alice a kiss.” And she crawled right over and gave her a kiss right on the lips. And then another one on the cheek. And another. She was loving giving A allllllll the kisses.
And my sweet A, she just adores her little sis so much. She obviously wanted to watch her show without interruption, but she didn’t have the heart to turn down Tessa’s kisses, so she sat there with a smile and let T give her love. And my heart literally exploded.
I haven’t made soup in quite a while, so rebooting this one was a super easy decision. This soup is what first opened me up to the idea of eating cabbage. I had never been a kid that ventured beyond a specific set of vegetables, but this soup just looked so tasty, that I could never resist it.
My sweet Aunt Jeanne, who is my Grandma Rose’s sister, used to make it. Of course it always tasted the best when she would make it, she just had the touch. Aunt Jeanne passed last year but even in her mid 90’s she was still an incredible cook, and was always a beautiful person.
This is a very light, and easy to eat soup, with minimal ingredients. You can substitute ground turkey for ground beef to make it healthier and reduce the amount of barley to make it a bit more vegetable forward. And of course you can add or subtract veggies to your taste (I bet Lima beans would be a great addition!).
I like to sprinkle a bit of Romano cheese over the top because I’m Italian and that’s what we do. Yes, I’m that person that keeps a baggie of Romano cheese in the break room refrigerator at all times. Guilty as charged, but I never regret having it there while I enjoy it over any number of foods that I bring in.
Other great soup recipes:
- Rosie’s Famous Zucchini Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Chicken and Parmesan Soup with Spinach and Orzo
- Best-Ever Tomato Soup
- (Sort of) Detox Lentil Soup
- Cabbage and Pork Meatball Soup
10 minPrep Time
1 hr, 30 Cook Time
1 hr, 40 Total Time
Yields 8 servings
- 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 3 small/medium onions, chopped
- 3 small/medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 3-4 stalks of celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 14.5 oz. can of stewed tomatoes (make sure you break them up a bit- you can also dice a large tomato or two in place of the stewed tomatoes)
- 1/4 cabbage, slivered (I purchased one of those cute mini cabbages, which worked out perfectly)
- 8-10 qt. pot, 3/4 full of water or 1/2 water 1/2 chicken broth (I did the later way with chicken broth)
- 1 1/2 cups barley (I reduced it to 3 heaping Tbsps.)
- Brown your ground meat in to pot over medium high heat.
- Discard the grease and add all of the other ingredients except the barley.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour.
- Add the barley and simmer another 30 minutes.
This freezes very well. If it sucks up all your broth, you can always add more.
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