Sunday, January 5, 2014

Choo Choo Cabbage and Ham Soup

My bestie gave me this recipe a couple months ago when we met up for a fun day out by the Mississippi River. We were checking out the swan migrations, and having a fun girls day away. As always, she brought me lots of fun foodie gifts from the big city, but this time she also brought a recipe for me to try. One of her co-workers had brought some soup in for lunch, and everyone loved it so much the lady had to follow up by bringing the recipe in! This recipe is based on a very popular soup served at a restaurant in Minnesota. 

This is a great soup for a cold winter day.  It will warm your bellies, and we all need that with the weather that has been hitting most of the country!

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Choo Choo Cabbage and Ham Soup

2 Tbsp butter
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 lb cabbage, shredded ( I used red cabbage )
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 qt chicken stock
2 cup ham, diced
1/4 c butter
6 Tbsp flour
3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp salt
Tobasco to taste
1/3 cup shredded parmesan

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a large pot.  Once melted, add onions and celery. Saute for several minutes. Add cabbage, red bell pepper; continue to saute.  When vegetables are tender, stir in ham.

In small pan, heat cream to hot, but not boiling. Meanwhile, in another small pan start the roux.  Melt 1/4 cup butter. Add flour, stirring continuously. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, continuing to stir.  Add cream to cabbage mixture, stirring constantly.  When soup is just below boiling point, and the roux one teaspoon at a time, while stirring. Add pepper, salt, tobasco, and parmesan cheese.

Garnish with additional shaved parmesan cheese if desired.


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  1. I like the name of the soup! Soup is perfect for the weather we're having right now. It's so cold!

  2. Yummy. Great for this cold weather. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  3. The cabbage is a great addition to an old favorite. :)

  4. I'm always looking for new soup recipes and this sounds like one we would like. Thanks for sharing!

  5. It snowed here this morning, that soup would be perfect cooking on my stove all day! I am going to have to add that one to the list!

  6. It's been so cold here in Utah lately and I'm thinking I'll have to try this soup next time it snows! Thank you so much for linking up this post to The Weekend re-Treat on The Best Blog Recipes! Wanted to stop by and Pin your post to our party boards while I was here tonight :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  7. That looks delicious. Now that it is cold, hearty soup sounds amazing!