Cabbage soup.Â Â 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.Â I learned a lot of her recipes, but this is by far my most prized possession.Â Her cabbage soup recipe.Â You have never had cabbage soup like this before, I guarantee it.Â 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.Â You see, he’s never had my grandma’s cabbage soup.Â Â I tried to explain to him what it tasted like, but words cannot possibly do it justice.Â Â When he finally tried it, his one “bite” to try it – turned into 3 bowls.Â Yes, THREE bowls.Â He couldn’t stop eating it.Â He said I did not describe it nearly as good as it tasted.Â And I didn’t, because it’s just not possible.Â It’s something you have to taste for yourself.Â Â Even if you don’t like cabbage, you will love this recipe.Â It doesn’t smell or taste like your ordinary “cabbage”.Â Â This soup takes on a flavor all its own.Â Â It’s almost magical, it tastes so good.Â This is comfort food at its best.
So here’s what you’ll need to make this incredible dish:
- 1 Small onion
- Pork chops (or pork steaks)
- Small can of tomato sauce
- Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
- And, grandma’s most important ingredient – LOVE!
Grandma never measured her ingredients, and neither do I.Â Â I’ll give you quick rundown on the directions, but it’s best to watch my video to see exactly how it’s made:
- Chop up your cabbage, potatoes, onion, and ham.Â Â Rinse your cabbage & potatoes.
- Fry pork chops in the bottom of your pot with a little oil and the chopped onion until the pork chops are done.
- Add a couple cups of water.
- Add your cabbage and potatoes to the pot.
- Fill up the pot with water, about 1″ BELOW where the cabbage is. (see video for explanation)
- Add your ham, sauce, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Stir.Â And wait.Â Keep on HIGH heat until it boils.Â Let it boil for about 1/2 an hour, and then turn it down a little.Â Let it cook on medium heat for several hours.Â Keep tasting it while it’s cooking, and add salt as needed.
- Pour into bowl and ENJOY thoroughly.Â And think of my grandma while you experience this deliciousness.
Here’s my video tutorial, which I really recommend watching!