A flavorful sweet-and-sour cabbage soup. Years ago a local restaurant served a cabbage apple soup that I've been trying to recreate. This is my best attempt, and possibly even better! For a vegetarian version, simply omit the bacon.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon pieces in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

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  • Drain fat from the pot and add olive oil, onion, garlic, and caraway seeds. Cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in chopped apple, vegetable broth, apple cider, cabbage, cider vinegar, and sugar. Bring soup to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, until cabbage is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Cut bread into large chunks and place them in the bottom of six soup bowls. Ladle the soup over the bread and serve.

Cook's Notes:

If you omit the bacon, add salt to taste.

I used a peppered bacon that the local co-op had for extra flavor and a small baguette for the bread. You can also use a Vidalia(R) or other sweet onion in place of the yellow onion.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 12.8g 26% DV; carbohydrates 67.4g 22% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 6.6mg 2% DV; sodium 930.4mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2014
Very good. Loved the addition of the apple and especially the fragrant caraway seeds. I mushed up the caraway seeds with a mortar and pestle then added the caraway to the soup mixture. Fabulous! Did not serve the soup over bread but served the soup with my homemade bread as a side! Very nice! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2016
Yes I would and plan on make it again when the weather is cooler. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2014
There were some unexpected ingredients for this soup so I just had to try it. Glad I did! This will be a go to! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2014
Very good. Loved the addition of the apple and especially the fragrant caraway seeds. I mushed up the caraway seeds with a mortar and pestle then added the caraway to the soup mixture. Fabulous! Did not serve the soup over bread but served the soup with my homemade bread as a side! Very nice! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2014
It was good! I liked it. Good mourning soup for the ride to work to get the body moving. Better then coffee Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2015
This was surprisingly good my whole family enjoyed it. A real comfort food. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2017
This was a big hit at my house! I skipped the olive oil and fried the onions garlic and caraway right in the grease left over from the bacon. The caraway really sets this dish apart from similar recipes I have tried never would have thought to add that myself. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2016
This recipe is a great fall recipe that uses up all the apples and cabbage! I found this recipe very sweet for my tastes though. I would personally omit the sugar completely. On the other hand my husband liked it and did not find the sweetness a problem. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2016
Very sweet and tangy. I really like this unique recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2017
great soup! made it the first time mostly following the recipe. i left out the sugar and used chicken broth because that's what i have. wasn't enough broth but i think my cabbage was too big. i added a little more cider to the bowl as i reheated it. second batch i added rutabaga potatoes and kielbasa. i left the apples out because they had no flavor in the first batch. i'll put them back in the next batch. there was no flavor left in the apples because it all went into the soup. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2016
Yes I would and plan on make it again when the weather is cooler. Read More
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