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Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup (VRP 096)

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Our Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that’s perfect for chilly days. This soup blends the sweetness of cabbage and carrots with the robust flavors of potatoes and ham, all brought together in a creamy base. It’s not only nourishing but also easy to make, which makes it an excellent choice for both weeknight dinners and leisurely weekend lunches.

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Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup

Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup

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Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup

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Food History

Cabbage and potato soups have deep roots in Eastern European cuisine, often serving as staple foods due to their availability and cost-effectiveness. Over time, these ingredients have made their way into various culinary traditions, adapting to local tastes and available spices. The addition of evaporated milk for creaminess and ham for a smoky depth is a Western twist that adds richness and complexity to this simple dish.

Timeline

  • 18th Century: Cabbage and potatoes became widespread in Europe.
  • Early 19th Century: Soups like this appear in cookbooks as economical meals.
  • Mid-20th Century: Evaporated milk has become popular in cooking, providing a convenient way to add creaminess.
  • Present Day: Creamy cabbage potato soup remains a beloved comfort food across various cultures, appreciated for its simplicity and heartiness.

Recipe Discussion

This recipe uses basic yet flavorful ingredients. The cabbage and carrots add a natural sweetness which contrasts nicely with the earthy potatoes. Thyme and bay leaf introduce a subtle, aromatic undertone, while the ham hock infuses the soup with a rich, meaty, satisfying, and comforting flavor. Pureeing part of the soup creates a creamy texture without diminishing the soup’s rustic feel. The evaporated milk enriches the broth, making it creamy and luxurious.

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Serving Suggestions

This creamy soup pairs wonderfully with crusty bread or a light salad. Consider serving it alongside a grilled cheese sandwich or a slice of savory pie for a heartier meal. If you want to keep it light, a simple arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette complements the soup nicely.

Preparation Tips

For the best results, ensure all vegetables are chopped uniformly to ensure even cooking. Keep the heat low when adding the evaporated milk to prevent it from curdling. If you prefer a thicker soup, consider pureeing more than suggested. Also, be cautious with seasoning; the ham hock will add saltiness, so taste before adjusting salt and pepper.

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Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup Recipe

Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup

Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 med cabbage shredded
  • [3 cups] sliced carrots
  • 3 cups peeled & dried potatoes (2 large)
  • ¾ tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ham hock
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1½ cup evaporated milk

Instructions

  1. In large soup pot, heat water to boiling & add cabbage, onion, potato, carrots, thyme, bay leaf & ham stock.
  2. Simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the ham hock & pick off the meat to add back to soup. If desired, puree ⅓ of the soup (without the meat) in belnder & return to the pot.
  4. Add the evaporated milk & heat gently.
  5. Do not boil.
  6. Serve hot.

Notes

6 servings.

With its rich flavors and creamy texture, Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup is sure to be a new favorite in your home. It’s easy to prepare and even easier to love, making it a perfect addition to your culinary repertoire. Try it tonight and experience the comfort of a truly homemade soup.

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