February 2, 2009

Spicy Cabbage Soup

So, this is probably a pretty terrible first post, and long overdue! Let me just say that for the past few months, I have been making soup constantly. My blog co-conspirator, Vanessa, is the person who taught me the basics of making soup and I have seriously been making at least one pot of soup a week ever since. Soup is so easy to make, so much easier than most other recipes, and so delicious and fulfilling and usually not too unhealthy. We have made a ton of soups already, together and individually, but this blog is an attempt at documenting our many soup adventures. I am sure that V will do a better intro later. By later I am hoping that I mean soon. *hint hint*

So the first soup I am going to write about is my Step mom's Cabbage Soup. I grew up eating this soup, at home and also at the local Mexican restaurants. Having pretty much lost touch with this part of my family, I thought I would never be able to eat this tasty spicy treat ever again unless I went to Vince's back in my hometown. My good good friend Jessie made a few calls for my birthday and got me the recipe! Of course I had to make it immediately.

Here is the recipe that I transcribed from a voicemail:

1 cabbage head
1 large onion
3 beef bouillon cubes
1 tbsp cumin
1-2 tbsp chili powder
3 chopped carrots
1 can tomato juice (size??)
1 can water (again, size??)

Chop cabbage, carrot and onion
Put in pot with 1/4 cup oil, sautee
When sauteeing cabbage, add cumin and chili powder so flavors will be released in the oil as its sauteeing.
Add tomato juice, water, bouillon. salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer, eat.

As you can see, the measurements are not too exact. We used about 2 cups of tomato juice and I put in a good deal more cumin and chili powder. Instead of beef bouillon, we used beef broth and thus omitted the can of water, but if I make it again I will try the bouillon.

The final product was pretty tasty, though not exactly how I remembered it. V and I agreed that it would be really good with rice in it, or maybe potatoes. I also think some garlic might add a little extra flavor. I also feel like it should have been a little spicier, even though it was already pretty spicy. This is the kind of thing that I feel like I could tweak the recipe and get it to taste just how I remember it tasting after a few tries, but seeing as how it gave Jessie and V the worst farts ever for days, I am not sure when I will be making this again.


Please pardon my terrible photos of this soup, and my finger! Bon Appetit!

~Michelle Suzanne


  1. I think it's lovely! Best food co-blogger ever.

  2. YAY!

    You should try Better Than Bouillon: it's a paste and is great; less salt then cubes. I love it.

    You are on an insanely awesome soup kick.
    More posts! :)

  3. You better not give V cabbage. She sounds like a startled car engine after she's had it...