This cabbage patch soup has a clear broth. The carrots and cabbage make it colorful. The smoked sausage gives it a hearty flavor. This recipe is from Alaska and goes great on cold Alaskan days.
CR's Marina Cabbage Patch Soup Recipe
* 3/4 pound smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, sliced into 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 small green cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
* 2 potatoes, cut into cubes
* 2 carrots, sliced
* 1 1/2 quarts water or chicken broth
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* a few red pepper flakes
Heat a large soup kettle and add the sausage slices and onions. Cook, stirring, occasionally, until the onions are translucent, but not browned.
Add the remainder of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
When we lived in Seward, Alaska, CR was the chef at the downtown Marina Café. He made wonderful homemade soups. We ate at the Marina several times a week and I don't remember anyone ever calling him by his full name. The downtown Marina has since closed. We have since moved. My guess is that somewhere, at some lucky restaurant, CR is still cooking up huge pots of his delightful homemade soup.
I've seen other recipes for Cabbage Patch soup that included kidney beans. They'd probably be a good addition to cabbage soup. But, CR didn't put beans in his, so I didn't include them in this recipe.