I’m not a huge cabbage fan. I don’t hate it, but it’s not my favorite. There is a naturally occurring chemical in cabbage that a small percentage of people can still taste (this is a trait that has almost evolved out of humans), and if it’s not cooked within an inch of its life, cabbage is–quite frankly–disgusting to me. It tastes like a mouthful of dirty pennies and sulfur. Same thing with Brussels sprouts. To make cabbage edible to me, it usually has to be boiled for HOURS. Not so, in this recipe! I cut it up fairly small, so I’m guessing that the small size helped it cook a lot more quickly. I’ll go with that as my official hypothesis anyway.
I think it’s also safe to say that it was a success with the toddler as well. Pay no attention to the bookshelf in the background–it is in a constant state of disarray from me moving books back and forth and from Isak piling toys on the bottom shelf. Anyway, this is a super delicious soup that you definitely need to try. As my final note, I’ll leave you with this:
As tested by Isak, this soup does not make an effective conditioning mask for the hair or skin treatment. The only thing it accomplishes in a topical sense is making things a bit greasy, making everything smell like soup, and ensuring the need for a bath. #imjustsaying
Pork and Cabbage Soup
1 pound pork loin, cut in 1″ pieces
1 onion, chopped
6 slices bacon, diced
4 C beef broth
28-oz canned whole plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tsp salt
2 bay leaves, torn in half
1/2 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
3 C chopped cabbage
2 tsp parsley
1.- Heat Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pork, bacon, and onion. Cook and stir until pork is no longer pink.
2.- Add broth, tomatoes, carrots, salt, bay leaves, oregano, and pepper. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes (there is some wiggle room here). Remove bay leaves and throw away.
3.- Add cabbage and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce to medium low and simmer 15-20 minutes, covered. Stir in parsley.