The best cabbage soup recipe is an old recipe, which I learned in my youth from my grandmother. It is a substantial soup, with pork meat, full of flavours typical of the Transylvanian area.

During the colder periods of the year, autumn and winter, these recipes for soups are made with fresh or smoked meat and with a thickening. Such recipes would be for example white bean soup with smoked ribs or traditional Hungarian goulash.

This recipe is only with fresh pork and fresh cabbage and you will see step by step how easy it is to make.

What ingredients do we need?

We need cabbage first, I chose a medium-sized white autumn cabbage, about 1.5 kg. But it can also be made from summer cabbage, no problem.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Medium Size Cabbage

We still need pork meat, I used about 700 g of pork shoulder because I consider it the most suitable for this recipe.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Pork Shoulder

In addition to these two basic ingredients, I also used two medium-sized onions and a bunch of fresh dills.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Two Medium Size Onions
Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Bunch of Dills

How to Prepare the Ingredients?

First, clean and finely chop the onions, because with these we will start cooking.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Chopped Onion

We clean the meat from the very fatty parts if we don’t want to eat them, and we cut them into suitable cubes, not very large.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Cut in Cubes Pork Meat

I cleaned the cabbage from the first more withered leaves, I cut it in four and then I sliced it.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Slicing the Cabbage

I tried not to slice very thick because I don’t like having thick slices of cabbage on my plate.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Sliced Cabbage

And we still have to finely chop the dill, which we will add to the soup.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Chopped Dill

How to Make the Best Cabbage Soup Recipe?

The first time we make a pork stew which will be the basis of the dish. For this, in a soup pot heat 100 ml of sunflower oil (or a tablespoon of pork lard), in which we fry the finely chopped onion.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Frying Chopped Onions

Season with a teaspoon of sea salt, a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and a teaspoon of caraway powder ( or caraway seeds ).

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Seasoning Frying Onions

Fry for about a minute until the onion becomes translucent, then add the diced meat.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Cut Pork Meat on Frying Onions

Fry the meat, stirring, until it turns white, then add a tablespoon of sweet pepper paste.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Paprika Paste on Frying Pork Meat

Stir and cook over medium heat under the lid for about 10 minutes, in its own juice.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Frying Pork Meat

Then pour a little warm water on top to cover the meat and let it boil under the lid for about 30 minutes, until the meat is half cooked.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Pour Water on Frying Pork Meat

Now we add sliced cabbage over the stew.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Add Sliced Cabbage on Frying Pork Meat

Mix carefully, to receive the cabbage all the flavours of the stew.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Mixed Sliced Cabbage and Fried Pork Meat

Let the cabbage simmer for about a minute, then pour enough hot water to cover everything well. I actually filled the pot with water.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Pour Water on the Cabbage

When the soup boiled, I added the chopped dill. I prefer to add it now, then at the end, when the soup is ready.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Boiling Cabbage Soup With Dill

And now I add about 400 g of tomato paste, which adds extra flavour and acidity.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Boiled Cabbage Soup

Boil everything for another 40-50 minutes, until the cabbage is done, then taste the soup and if necessary, season. I add one tablespoon of vegetable mix from soups.

At this point, we can say that the soup is ready and can be consumed as such. But I chose to make a thickening to make the soup more consistent. But whoever doesn’t want to, can stop here.

So I made a thickening from sunflower oil, wheat flour and paprika, whose recipe can be found here.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Cabbage Soup Thickening

I poured this thickening to the soup, I let everything boil for another five minutes and that’s it, this is the best cabbage soup recipe, in my opinion.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Cabbage Soup is Ready

Serving the Cabbage Soup

Leave the soup pot aside, let it cool a bit, then serve it in soup bowls with fresh bread.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Served in Soup Bowl

You can also add a tablespoon of sour cream and a little hot pepper, to really feel the flavours of the best cabbage soup recipe.

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Served in Soup Bowl With Sour Cream and Chilli

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Best Cabbage Soup Recipe-Served in Soup Bowl

Best Cabbage Soup Recipe

Course: Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Hungarian, Transylvanian
Keyword: best cabbage soup, best cabbage soup recipe, cabbage soup, cabbage soup recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6 portions
Author: Timea
The best cabbage soup recipe is an old recipe, which I learned in my youth from my grandmother. It is a substantial soup, with pork meat, full of flavours typical of the Transylvanian area.
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Equipment

  • Soup Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 piece cabbage about 1.5 kg
  • 700 g pork meat shoulder
  • 2 pieces onions medium-size
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 400 ml tomatoes paste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon caraway powder or seeds
  • 1 tbsp crushed sweet pepper paste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable mix from soups
  • 100 ml sunflower oil

Instructions

  • In a soup pot heat the sunflower oil (or a tablespoon of pork lard), in which fry the finely chopped onion. Season with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and caraway powder or seeds. Fry for about a minute until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the diced pork meat and fry the meat, stirring, until it turns white. Add a tablespoon of sweet pepper paste, stir and cook over medium heat under the lid for about 10 minutes, in its own juice. Then pour a little warm water on top to cover the meat and let it boil under the lid for about 30 minutes, until the meat is half cooked.
  • Now we add sliced cabbage over the stew, mix carefully, let the cabbage simmer for about a minute, then pour enough hot water to cover everything well. When the soup boiled, I added the chopped dill and about 400 g of tomato paste. Boil everything for another 40-50 minutes, until the cabbage is done.
  • Made a thickening from sunflower oil, wheat flour and paprika, pour this thickening to the soup, and let everything boil for another five minutes. Season with vegetable mix for soups more salt.
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