Cabbage Soup

After a long day on the tumultuous water, T actually said he wanted soup for dinner… at first I thought he was being condescending, as I know he detests soup (it never stops me from throwing it out as a remote dinner possibility!) – but the exchange went like this:

The man loves fishing and hates soup, so I knew it was serious when he chose soup over grilled meats!

Cabbage Soup

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut in half then sliced thin
  • 3 smallish carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 red potatoes, diced
  • 2 chicken breasts (I used boneless, skinless)
  • 3 cups Japanese cabbage (use Napa if you cannot find Japanese)
  • 1 Hatch or Anaheim chile, seeded if you must, finely chopped
  • 1 can Glen Muir or Italian chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup barley (to get dinner ready faster, I used quick cook barley)
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • Kosher salt
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Oregano
  • Olive oil

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery; cook 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring often. Add chicken breasts, searing both sides. Add remaining ingredients except cabbage, turning heat to high. When stock begins to boil, turn heat to medium-low. Simmer covered for 20 minutes, then add cabbage. Cook additional 10 minutes. Remove chicken- shred carefully, then add back into pot. Check soup for seasoning- adding additional salt and pepper if needed.

Serve a nice bowl of deliciousness, drizzle with olive oil, add some grilled crusty bread – enjoy!

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