Hearty Cabbage Soup

When I was a child we had some friends in our neighborhood from Portugal.  We loved going to their house for Cabbage soup and linguica (a Portuguese sausage).  I have not found sausage quite like the ones she made, but I did learn to make the soup!  I like to serve mine with cheese biscuits.



Cabbage Soup

  • ½ pound of bacon, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 10 cups of raw cabbage, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 15-oz can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes

Cut the cabbage into bite sized pieces.


In a large kettle, cook bacon on low until the fat is rendered and the meat is just beginning to crisp.


Add the onion and sauté for a couple of minutes.  Add the cabbage and cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt and reduce in size.

Add the water, salt, garlic powder and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.



Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the pot.  Simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour.  Taste to see if it needs more salt.


Serve hot.  Makes about 6 servings.


Serve with these great cheese biscuits!


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5 Responses to Hearty Cabbage Soup

  1. Claire says:

    This looks healthy and tasty :) need to try this one ..

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

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  3. Audrey says:

    I always pick up some Linguica when I see it in the store. Chorizo can be used in some recipes and Kielbasa in others, but Portuguese beans or cabbage soup need the Linguica’s spices.

    Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • HelenFern says:

      When I was a kid our neighbors were from Portugal. They shared some linguica like I’ve never had since. It was chunks of meat and fat and had the riches, spicy flavor. I have yet to find some like it – longaniza chorizo is close, but just not the same.

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