Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Back in November I bought the most ridiculously huge head of cabbage. i mean, the thing probably weighed 10 pounds. I could have used it as a medicine ball for home workouts! But, instead, it sat on my porch waiting for me to get inspired.

It took 2 months but inspiration finally came. I made some buttery deliciousness in the form of haluski (butter, noodles, cabbage, and seasoning for those who haven’t had the pleasure to enjoy that delicacy before) and stuffed cabbage soup.

My mom makes the best stuffed cabbage rolls, or halupki as we call them. But my cooking skills are not weighted in that corner of culinary hierarchy, so unstuffed soup is my answer to this craving.

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 bulb of garlic, cloves peeled and chopped

2 t. seasoning salt

2 bay leaves

6 cups chopped cabbage

6 cups broth (beef or chicken)

1 can diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup prepared long grain rice

Brown a pound of ground beef. Add a medium chopped onion and a bulb of chopped garlic, seasoning salt and 2 bay leaves. Saute for about 10 minutes.

Add a small cabbage chopped, mine was half a large, probably 6 cups or so, a can of diced tomatoes, and about 6 cups of broth (I had a can of chicken broth and added 4 cups of water and 4 t. Beef bouillon), 2 T. Brown sugar, and about a cup of cooked long grain rice. Simmer for about 30 minutes (or longer). It’s thick but it’s good!

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