This cabbage and ham soup is overflowing with delicious, comforting flavor. And all of that cabbage is good for you, too!
- 2 cups diced or shredded ham
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 cups ham or chicken broth*
- 1 2-pound head cabbage, cored and roughly diced
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper
- In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots and celery are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the ham, broth, cabbage, and bay leaves and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the cabbage is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
- *To make ham broth, combine 2 smoked ham hocks, 1 carrot, 1 celery stalk, 1 onion (quartered), 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns and 4 quarts water in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over low heat, reduce to a very gentle simmer, cover and cook until the meat falls off the ham hocks, 3 to 4 hours. Strain the broth and add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 3 quarts.