Hearty Czech Style Sausage and Cabbage Soup
Cabbage soup with sausage makes a great winter warmer, both for your kitchen and for your body. It is quite adaptable and you can vary the soup however you like. Maybe leave out the sausages and use brown rice instead of white. Shred some Fontina cheese over this Czech cabbage soup if you like and then broil it so the cheese melts rather than stirring it in. The choice is yours. Use an ovenproof pot if you are going to broil it. A terracotta pot will give an especially pretty presentation.
Do not use a strong-flavored broth in this cabbage soup recipe. You just need a liquid with a mild taste so avoid anything salty or too strong tasting. The flavor in this recipe comes from the cabbage, sausage, wine and other ingredients rather than the broth. Use Savoy cabbage or any other kind you like.
If you want to use Kielbasa for this cabbage soup recipe, go ahead. You can use any kind of sausage you like. Some types need to be cooked in boiling water for half an hour and then skinned and mashed so cook the sausages until they are done the way you like and then add them to the soup.
- 1 lb sausage (Kielbasa or your favorite kind)
- 1 ¼ lbs shredded cabbage
- 1 minced white onion
- 1 ¼ quarts light broth
- 1 cup wine (any kind)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¾ cup medium-grain rice
- ⅓ lb shredded Fontina cheese (optional)
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano (optional)
- Salt and black pepper
- Sauté the onion in the oil over a medium heat until it is golden, and then add the cabbage and 3 tablespoons of the broth.
- Keep cooking the mixture until the cabbage is soft.
- Chop the sausage and stir it into the cabbage mixture.
- Stir the cabbage mixture into the boiling broth and add the rice.
- Simmer the soup until the rice is tender, and then add salt and pepper to season.
- Stir in the Fontina and serve, with the Parmigiano sprinkled over the top if you like.
You can serve this cabbage soup in bowls or mugs, like in the photo, with or without a slice or two of whole wheat bread. This is a healthy soup recipe and you can give it any flavor you like. Perhaps you want to liven up the flavor by using a spicy sausage or maybe you want to use Savoy cabbage for a different look and flavor. Adding wine to this cabbage soup recipe jazzes up the flavor and makes it an extra special lunch treat or a heartwarming supper.
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