Winter Potato Cabbage Soup

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By Sanity Chek
from Annapolis, MD

Delicious hearty soup that is super easy to make and a quick fix/alternative for those craving stuffed cabbage. This has all the same flavor and takes very little prep work. I use a pressure cooker and make in 20 min of cooking time. Notes for crockpot or cooking on burner are included below. Will add photo later!

serves 6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top


  •   1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  •   4 slice
    thick bacon, uncooked, cut into 1/3's (center-cut preferably)
  •   1 large
    vidalia or sweet onion diced into small, not fine, pieces
  •   5 clove
    fresh garlic, chopped (large cloves)
  •   1 1/2 lb
    lean hamburger meat
  •   1 box
    organic chicken stock
  •   1 large
    head green cabbage or 2 small heads, cored and chopped into large slices and chunks. it shrinks while cooking. i quarter the cabbage, remove core, then cut each quarter in half again and then slice each into 1/4-1/2 in slices.
  •   2 can(s)
    diced tomatoes, 15 oz cans
  •   1/2 can(s)
    tomato paste, small can
  •   1/2 large
    lemon, juiced
  •   4 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce (do not skip this!)
  •   3
    baby carrots or 1 regular sized carrot peeled and sliced
  •   3 Tbsp
  •   3 medium
    peeled yukon gold, red bliss or red potatos diced into small 1/4" pieces (just don't use russet potatos)
  •   1 Tbsp
    dried dill (if you don't like dill, just leave out)
  •   1 tsp
    sea salt
  •   1 tsp
    ground pepper
  •   1 Tbsp
    sour cream
  •   1 dash(es)
    dried dill

How To Make

  • 1
    In the soup pot or electric pressure cooker you are using, add a splash of olive oil. (If you are cooking in a crock pot, do this step in a frying pan. Then add to crock pot.) Add the bacon, onions and garlic to the pot and saute for a couple minutes. Add the hamburger meat and continue until the hamburger is just browned. You want the hamburger meat to break into small chunky pieces. Don't break down more than that.
  • 2
    To the pot, add all the rest of the ingredients. Don't add any extra liquid besides the chicken stock and the juice that comes with the diced canned tomatoes. The cabbage will be heaping a bit above the stock, but it will cook down and it creates a lot of liquid on its own. Stir the ingredients so all mixed evenly.
  • 3
    If using a soup pot on burner, cover and simmer soup for 3 hours stirring occasionally. If using crock pot, you can use a short setting or long setting based, your preference. I prefer to use an electric pressure cooker. I set the time to 20 minutes, and then soup is ready.
  • 4
    Serve with a dollup of sour cream in the middle and a dash of dill.