Looking for a delicious way to use cabbage? How about a quick and easy Pork and Cabbage Soup?
This soup not only TASTES GREAT, but it is simple to make, low in calories, fat, sodium, and carbohydrates, and good for you! Plus, it has the added bonus of incorporating those wonderful Oven-Roasted Tomatoes (if you happen to have some in your freezer). You can even substitute the pork with other meats or proteins (chicken, ham, beans, etc.), or add extra vegetables that you have on hand. LOTS of flexibility with this soup recipe!
- 1 lb boneless Pork Loin, cut into strips or cubes
- 1/2 medium head of Cabbage (green), chopped
- 1 cup Onion, chopped
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 cups Oven-Roasted Tomatoes (or substitute chopped, fresh tomatoes)
- 4 cups no-salt added Beef Broth (ready to serve)
- 4 cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Rosemary
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
- Salt to taste (there was no salt added to this recipe)
- Cut pork into strips (or cubes).
- Coarsely chop cabbage.
- Chop onion.
- Heat olive oil in a large pot, over medium heat, and add pork.
- Fry pork, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes, and then add onions.
- Continue frying until pork and onions start to brown.
- Add garlic to pot and season mixture with rosemary, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powders, and pepper (and add salt, if using).
- Stir in cabbage, and oven-roasted tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes, if substituting).
- Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
- Add beef broth and water, and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until cabbage is tender.
Add more water as needed during cooking, or for more "broth". You can substitute chicken or ham for the pork, or add a can of kidney beans. Extra vegetables could be added to the soup, such as celery, green beans, carrots, or any others you may have available.
For a vegetarian option, replace the meat with kidney beans, and substitute vegetable broth for the beef broth.