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Published January 11th, 2016
Thoughtful Food
Cabbage-turkey sausage soup. Photo Susie Iventosch

During the holiday season, dinners can be very robust and filling so a light lunch is often in order. This year, we had a four-day eating extravaganza at our family gatherings, so on Christmas Eve, my mom and I, while really hungry for lunch, wanted something very light.
We ventured over to the local market, which was just about to close for the Christmas holiday, and the only thing left to buy was soup. There were four kinds of soup on the menu, including cabbage soup, which sounded perfectly awful to me. So awful, in fact that I was compelled to give it a taste. I always imagined cabbage soup to be cabbage and water with a little salt and pepper thrown in for good measure. Much to my surprise, it was absolutely delicious, and we both opted for a bowl of it to take away.
This soup makes you feel healthy because there are so many vegetables in it, and the beef broth makes it nice and rich, too. I decided to add sliced turkey kielbasa when I made it this past week at home, which added a nice touch (and some protein) to the already amazing flavor of so many veggies.
When you make this soup, be sure to make it a few days ahead of time, because each time we tasted it over the course of a few days, it became better and more flavorful. Even though it's delicious on the first day, it definitely gets better with "age" as the flavors of the vegetables have the chance to meld. This is a delightful and cozy soup for a cold winter day.

Awesome Cabbage Soup with Turkey Kielbasa
(Serves 6-8 Bowls)
1/2 head green cabbage, core removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
24 green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tomatoes, cored and chopped
4 stalks celery, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 Poblano pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 1/2 cups beef broth (this equals two 14-ounce cans)
1 28-oz. can petite diced tomatoes with juices
1 packet onion dip seasoning mix
1 package turkey kielbasa, cut on the angle into 1/4-inch slices and browned on both sides in a little bit of oil

This might be the easiest recipe on Earth. Once you have your veggies chopped, put all of the ingredients into a soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, reheat over medium-high heat until boiling. It's best if made a few days ahead of time to give the flavors time to meld.
Serve with crusty French bread and salad, and this makes a perfect winter lunch or dinner.

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