This recipe is easy to make and endlessly customizable to accommodate your family’s taste. This soup is a nutrient dense meal that is also extremely inexpensive!
6 Cups water or vegetable/chicken broth.
4 Cups chopped cabbage
1 Cup chopped greens (kale, spinach, or collard greens)
1 Cup Diced zucchini
1 Cup chopped or shredded carrots
1 Cup diced onion
4 Cloves roughly chopped garlic
1 Cup chopped tomato
1 Cup green beans
2 TBS tomato paste
2 TBS fresh or 1 TBS dried thyme
2 TBS Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon wedge (optional)
Optional protein options: 1 lb ground pork, 1 lb ground turkey, 1 lb sliced smoked sausage, 1 can rinsed chickpeas, 1 can rinsed white beans, 1 cup cooked lentils
Optional vegetable add ins: Chopped cauliflower, chopped broccoli, diced white or sweet potatoes, chopped celery, chopped parsley, corn, peas
Optional flavor variations: Try adding in 1-2 TBS Cajun spice, 1-2 TBS Bay Seasoning, 2 TSP smoked paprika with 1 TSP turmeric, 1 TBS Curry powder
Heat a large soup pan over medium high heat. If using meat, brown it and removed from pan and set aside. Add in oil, onions, and garlic – sauté until onions are translucent stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. Add in water or broth, veggies, tomato paste, and seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in protein and simmer another 10 minutes or until all veggies are soft.
Serve with cornbread or rolls and a wedge of lemon to squeeze over soup if desired.