Thursday, October 30, 2008

Soup's on... it's not cold outside but let them eat soup.

In the early Fall once the days grow shorter I am ready for soup. I could easily eat soup 365 days a year. Yes, even in Mexico! How well I remember the "Soup Nazi" of the old Seinfeld episodes. I can truly appreciate his love of the fine art of Soup making! There is something very comforting, communal & almost primitive in 2008 about throwing everything into a pot. Soups also are a way of stretching a dollar & feeding the masses. My mother used to make this soup & serve it with hot cornbread. It is wonderful way of using up the obligatory "holiday ham".
It matters not what the temperatures are when a yearning for a favorite warm & nourishing meals hits. These simple ingredients are a welcome change from the hot & spicy flavors we dine on South of the Border. Generally it's just like Mom used to make but on occasion I do mix this recipe it up a bit! Bon Appetite~

Mom's Ham & Cabbage Soup
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
6 c. hot water
4 c. shredded cabbage
1 bay leaf
4 c. diced cooked ham
3/4 c. sour cream
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Melt butter in 4 quart Dutch oven, add onion and celery and cook until tender. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in hot water. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Add cabbage and bay leaf. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until cabbage is tender. Stir in ham and cook 4 minutes more. Remove bay leaf. Stir some of the hot mixture into sour cream. Then stir sour cream mixture into hot mixture. Serve with chopped parsley. Makes 10 cups.
**For a decadent change: add wild rice on occasion & garnish with toasted slivered almonds.


Genie said...

I got the soup bug today too, making chicken stock for tonight's chicken enchilada soup at this very moment. No, it's not cold, but anything under 80 is so very nice!

You'll have to share your Mom's cornbread recipe some time!

Dee said...

Will do Genie! You know Texas gals & the love of good cornbread!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Dee, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

Dr Dave Love said...

yum I was craving a ham soup last night, as iron chef secret ingredient was all about ham! ursula/ Jane Spice

Kate said...

I love soup too, I could eat it every day. I plan a Chicken/Vegetable tomorrow for my husband who's been travelling and is coming home sick. He needs his comfort food!

This one sounds really yummy! Again,thanks for the recipe Dee.

Roni said...

YUMMMM! That looks so good, especially for this cold day here up in the NE!

Rosemary said...

I too could eat soup nearly everyday! In the past two weeks I have made my own version of turkey and wild rice and mushroom soup, Zuppa Toscana (mimic of Olive Garden's soup!) and 15 bean & ham soup!

You have the best recipes! Keep 'em comin'!

Blessings to you and your family at Thanksgiving. We're driving down to Enid, OK, to be with our older daughter and her husband!

Jackie said...

Planning on making your recipe tonight :)

Dee said...

So glad you are making this soup, I know you will enjoy it.