Recipe: Grandma’s ultimate cabbage soup!


Cabbage soup.   Not just any cabbage soup, but my Italian grandma’s recipe. My grandma was the greatest cook I’ve ever known, and I spent countless hours in the kitchen with her, learning how to cook like her.  I learned a lot of her recipes, but this is by far my most prized possession.  Her cabbage soup recipe.  You have never had cabbage soup like this before, I guarantee it.  It has ham, pork chops, potatoes, oh my.

Chris is not a huge fan of cabbage, and when I told him I was going to make this soup the other day, he wasn’t nearly as excited as I was.  You see, he’s never had my grandma’s cabbage soup.   I tried to explain to him what it tasted like, but words cannot possibly do it justice.   When he finally tried it, his one “bite” to try it – turned into 3 bowls.  Yes, THREE bowls.  He couldn’t stop eating it.  He said I did not describe it nearly as good as it tasted.  And I didn’t, because it’s just not possible.  It’s something you have to taste for yourself.   Even if you don’t like cabbage, you will love this recipe.  It doesn’t smell or taste like your ordinary “cabbage”.   This soup takes on a flavor all its own.   It’s almost magical, it tastes so good.  This is comfort food at its best.

So here’s what you’ll need to make this incredible dish:

  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • 1 Small onion
  • Oil
  • Ham
  • Pork chops (or pork steaks)
  • Small can of tomato sauce
  • Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Water
  • And, grandma’s most important ingredient – LOVE!

Grandma never measured her ingredients, and neither do I.   I’ll give you quick rundown on the directions, but it’s best to watch my video to see exactly how it’s made:

  1. Chop up your cabbage, potatoes, onion, and ham.   Rinse your cabbage & potatoes.
  2. Fry pork chops in the bottom of your pot with a little oil and the chopped onion until the pork chops are done.
  3. Add a couple cups of water.
  4. Add your cabbage and potatoes to the pot.
  5. Fill up the pot with water, about 1″ BELOW where the cabbage is. (see video for explanation)
  6. Add your ham, sauce, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  7. Stir.  And wait.  Keep on HIGH heat until it boils.  Let it boil for about 1/2 an hour, and then turn it down a little.  Let it cook on medium heat for several hours.  Keep tasting it while it’s cooking, and add salt as needed.
  8. Pour into bowl and ENJOY thoroughly.  And think of my grandma while you experience this deliciousness.

Here’s my video tutorial, which I really recommend watching!


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