Cabbage Soup Sweet and Sour ala Nita Recipe

Step 1

Heat butter over low heat in a large pot. Add onions and peppers and stir, cooking over medium-low heat until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic (optional) and cook while stirring for about one minute -- DON'T BROWN THE GARLIC! It will get bitter!

Step 2

Stir in brown sugar. Add cabbage and continue to stir fry for 4 to 7 minutes to "sweat" the cabbage. Nita's Note: Sweating tenderizes cabbage and releases the flavor, otherwise it would take a long time to cook or tenderize it by boiling!

Step 3

Add tomatoes, vinegar and chicken broth/stock and bring to a slow boil. Season with black pepper, to taste. Cook soup about 20 minutes, boiling gently, uncovered to combine flavors. Cabbage should be tender. DON'T OVERCOOK!

Step 4

Add chicken broth or water if a thinner soups is desired. Taste and adjust seasoning with vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, as needed. Serve hot with about a tablespoon of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives on top of each bowl if desired.

Note: May be halved for 2 or 3 people. Also can just cook cabbage and onions etc. as a side dish WITHOUT the chicken stock!

Nita Holleman, 2003

Things You'll Need

  • 3tbsp butter
  • 1 medium or large Vidalia or sweet type onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet red bell pepper, seeded, chopped (optional)
  • 1clove or 2 garlic cloves, crushed, peeled, minced (optional)
  • 2 1/2tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 5cups or 6 cups finely shredded green or red cabbage
  • 1can or 2 cans crushed tomatoes (to taste)
  • 2tbsp apple cider vinegar (to taste)
  • 6cups chicken stock or broth; or
  • 2 Knorr Bouillon cubes dissolved in 6 cups hot water
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh Chives, finely minced (optional)

About this Author

Nita an member who donated this recipe.