This is a super healthy recipe for cabbage stew. Loaded with vegetables, unique with sauerkraut, and made sweet with raisins, and honey. A sweet and sour cabbage, tomato, vegetable, potato soup. And don’t you dare forget to finish this beautiful entree soup with a dollop of sour cream. Hearty and flavor packed, this is a unique Russian Soup Recipe.
The Best Soup Cookbook You Can Buy
Before we get to this cabbage stew recipe, as I mentioned in a previous post, I own a super-duper-super-secret soup-cookbook that I’m about to share with you. It contains a fabulous collection of unique cuisine built around traditional country ingredients like farm fresh chicken, wild mushrooms, greens, dried beans and even summer berries.
The book offers a “season of soups” featuring some of the best and unique recipes I’ve ever found using seasonal produce. You’ll also find a basket of breads and salad tossing wisdom that’s very distinctive.
The author is an award winning children’s book writer and author of other cookbooks. I think that’s what makes this cookbook so unique, she’s an accomplished writer. Printed in August of 1992, I think she was a blogger long before blogging existed. Each recipe begins with a detailed story about the people who influenced the recipe, a story about serving and sharing the meal with friends, and what weather conditions or town events occured to influence the meal. A menu example:
Dinner For Billy After He drove Through The Snow To Get Here
- Salad of Sliced Tomatoes, Avocados and Red Onions on a Bed of Greens with Creamy Mexican Vinaigrette
- Chicken and Cheese Soup with Green Chilis
- Spanish Rice
- Orange Pound Cake
- Coffee or Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Sticks
Ahead of her time, she preaches to us to use fresh and locally grown ingredients, ALWAYS makes her own stock, and even goes so far to use spring water as opposed to tap water to do so. She dedicates one whole chapter to perfecting stocks.
I love, love, love this cookbook. The name of it is Dairy Hollow House Soup and Bread, A Country Inn Cookbook and the author is Crescent Dragonwagon. I’ve included an Amazon Link if you’re interested in purchasing the book. I participate in the Amazon affiliate program. I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
Warning, recipes found in this book aren’t your simple “open a can, thow in some spices, toss in some stew meat and in 10 minutes you’ve got piping hot soup” This is back to basics. Most recipes are at least 30 minutes of chopping and dicing fresh vegetables followed by long flavor enhancing simmer times.
You can click on the picture and it will take you to the Amazon link. I’m an Amazon Affiliate and if you purchase the book, I will receive a small commission, at no extra charge to you.
The first recipe I have chosen to share from this soup cookbook is this Cabbage Stew Recipe.
It’s by far, not the most interesting selection in the book, but I’ve been eating very rich fattening foods over the last week, and with no exercise. So I needed something lean and healthy. Something brothy, and comforting, a slavic soul food sounded like just the right thing. It’s intriguing sweet-sourness comes from cider vinegar, sauerkraut, raisins, prunes and honey.
In the book, the recipe is described as a Russian Cabbage Soup.
If the prunes already haven’t, don’t let the lengthy list of ingredients scare you off. I spent about 30 minutes with prep time and then you just let it simmer on the stove for an hour. Pretty darn easy.
Sautee all of the fresh chopped vegetables.
Look at those beautiful raisins.
Spoon the soup over the potatoes
Recipe for Sweet and Sour Cabbage Stew
I hope you give this Cabbage Stew recipe a try. And if you do, please come back and let me know how you liked it and give the recipe a star rating.
Your feedback is valuable to me for developing future recipes. And if you have a favorite cabbage soup or cabbage stew recipe, or Russian soup recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
Enjoy the unique flavors of this soup. Besides being absolutely delicious, this is a very healthy cabbage stew recipe.
A unique hearty soup, packed full of flavor. Joseph Saltzman's Shchi. Russian Cabbage Soup, a family friend inspired recipe
- 3 Tablesoon Butter
- 1 large Onion diced
- 1 large Carrot scrubbed and chopped
- 1 large Parsnip scrubbed and chopped
- 1 medium turnip scrubbed and chopped
- 1 1/2 Quarts Chicken Broth
- 1 1/2 Cups Green Cabbage cut into ribbons
- 1 1/2 Cups sauerkraut well drained do not use canned, use bottled in the refrigerated section
- 15 ounce Can Whole Tomatoes buzzed in a food processor, or mashed to chunks
- 3 Cloves Garlic pressed
- 1/4 Cup Dark Raisins
- 1/4 Cup Golden Raisins
- 10 Pitted Prunes diced
- 2 Tablespoon Honey or more to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
- 1 Bay Leaf
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 6 - 8 small Red-Skinned potatoes
- Sour Cream for garnish
- In a 10 inch skillet add the butter over medium heat. Add onion and sautee until soft, about 3 - 4 minutes. Add carrot, turnip and parsnip. Continue cooking until vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a large soup pot and add all remaining ingredients except potatoes and sour cream.
- Bring to a boil, turn down heat to low and let simmer, covered, about 1 hour. Or until fruit has almost disintegrated into broth. Taste for seasoning and adjust. The soup should be decidedly sweet and sour. Adjust with honey and vinegar.
- Towards end of simmering, boil potatoes until tender.
- To serve, scoop a small amount of potatoes into soup bowl, ladle soup on top and add a dollop of sour cream. Serve with a chunk of crusty bread and you're good to go.
Cabbage Stew …It’s What’s For Dinner.