Ham and Cabbage Soup

Ham and Cabbage Soup

Whenever I see or smell cabbage soup, I think about a brief moment in time (late 80’s perhaps?) when my parents dove head first into the “Cabbage Soup Diet” phenomenon. They had successfully kicked the smoking habit and were now determined to lose a few pounds and declare themselves in optimum health and cabbage soup was going to get them there. For the span of what seemed like a forever, there was a bottomless pot of cabbage soup bubbling away on the stove. The smell permeated everything in the house, including my parents, and I decided then and there that I despised cooked cabbage of any sort. In hindsight, I’m sure that the fad diet didn’t sustain itself for very long in our house since my own father cannot eat the same meal twice in one week much less 3 or 4 times a day, but nevertheless, cooked cabbage did not cross my lips until I was nearly 30.

Ingredients

  • 1 meaty hambone
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 whole carrot
  • ½ onion
  • 2 t. beef base
  • ½ T. chili powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. pepper
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • 1small head cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
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