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Nana’s Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup


A bit of a walk down memory lane--I picked up my grandmother's copy of Jewish Holiday Cooking, and her handwritten recipe for cabbage soup fell out. It was a shock to see her loopy, slanting handwriting after so long. Nana was obviously telling me "you're sick! You need soup!" So of course I had to make the soup. I cut down on the meat, used broth instead of water to compensate, and added some balsamic vinegar for the sweet-sour taste so I could cut down on the sugar. Nana wouldn't mind. If you're freezing some of this, leave out the potatoes--just cook some in boiling salted water, and add to the portion you won't be freezing.

Now all I need is the wide, chipped mismatched china bowl.
And I'm still looking for her date ball recipe.

Nana’s Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

1 pound brisket or boneless short rib, most fat removed, cut into small pieces
2 onions, chopped
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 boxes low sodium beef broth
1 large can ground tomatoes
2 cups water
1/2 cabbage, thinly sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1-3Tbs.lemon juice
1 tsp.sugar
2 Tbs.balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs. chopped dill
salt and pepper

In a large soup pot, brown the meat. Sprinkle with some salt. Add the onions, carrots celery and parsnips.Stir around. Add the tomatoes and broth. Simmer for 1 hour.

Add another 2 cups water and the cabbage. Simmer for another 1 1/2 hours.

Add the potatoes, simmer another 1/2 hour. Everything should be very "tendah." Add the rest of the ingredients, and taste. It should have a pleasantly sweet and sour taste. Add more balsamic or sugar and lemon to taste.

Let sit in fridge a day before serving for best flavor. Eat with bread, and a dollop of sour cream if you wish. Send everyone home with leftovers.

Comments (2)

This sounds really delicious. Hope you'll share the date ball recipe when you find it!

This sounds really good. I'm collecting soup recipes to make and freeze and this one sounds good. Hope you're feeling better. My cold lasted about a week, but the cough was 1 1/2 months (and almost, but not completely gone.)!

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