Bess Feigenbaum’s Cabbage Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup minced or grated onion
  • 1 cup peeled thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes in purée
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 pounds cabbage (tough outer leaves, core and ribs removed), sliced into 1/4-inch-wide ribbons
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • Fresh ground (preferably medium grind) black pepper
  • Sour cream, optional
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

      229 calories; 4 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 2 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 49 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams dietary fiber; 35 grams sugars; 5 grams protein; 445 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

8 servings


  1. In a 6-quart pot over medium-low heat, heat olive oil and add garlic. Cover and cook until garlic is tender but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add onion, and sauté until translucent. Add 3 cups water, carrots, tomatoes and purée, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar and bay leaf. Simmer at a lively bubble for 10 minutes, then crush whole tomatoes with potato masher or fork. Continue to simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
  2. Using an immersion blender, or working in batches with a stand blender, process mixture until it is coarse, not puréed. Return sauce to pot and add lemon juice, cabbage ribbons and 3 cups water. Place over medium-high heat and cook at a lively simmer until cabbage is cooked to taste, from al dente to meltingly soft, 1 to 2 hours. Add 3 to 6 cups water, to thin to desired consistency. Ten minutes before serving, stir in raisins and a few twists of black pepper. If desired, garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream.

3 hours

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