This Russian cabbage borscht is another winter warm-up secret weapon. Not to be confused with borscht made with beets or various meats and winter vegetables; while that is good, this soup is pure Jewish comfort food. Just a handful of simple ingredients, mainly cabbage.
When I was a kid, momala made a cabbage borsht flavored with short ribs or brisket. Once the meat finished cooking, she would shred and add it back into the soup. After pouting, I would pick out all the meat and leave the cabbage. Then I would complain. A lot. (Cabbage: not a favorite.) My childhood best friend loved the soup, so much so that momala would joke that she was the rightful daughter, not me. Today, I would never dream of doing that. Cabbage is actually my favorite part.
However, this version is different from my mom's soup, but an homage all the same. Kept her addition of golden raisins for the sweetness, but I made this version more brothy and added caraway seeds, V8 juice and cayenne for a little kick. Also, everything is finely chopped or minced rather than chunky. Always have to mention, the BF absolutely loves this soup. [Ed. note: Can confirm.]
You can even make this vegan by using vegetable instead of chicken broth.
Healthy, flavorful, delicious, inexpensive and it freezes very well. Makes a delightful lunch or perfect dinner paired with Russian rye or black bread. [Ed. note: HOW ABOUT VODKA OKAY JUST KIDDING]
What's not to love? Momala would be proud!
Number of Servings: 10-12 cups
Julie Anne Steiner
1/9/2019 04:32:11 am
Love your soups!
1/9/2019 08:51:24 am
You nailed it sister! Soup and buttercream frosting rule the earth. Love you!
1/17/2019 11:24:23 am
I LOVE this soup!!!!!
1/17/2019 11:36:16 am
Thank you!!! Can't make this soup without thinking of you and mamala!!! Love you.
1/18/2019 05:04:09 pm
Me too. I think of the time I was home sick and you brought me a big pot of this comforting soup. One sip from sad to happiness Of course I had the whole pot. Love you my friend! :)
1/19/2019 12:42:33 am
Love you right back!
2/16/2020 11:08:40 am
2/16/2020 12:41:27 pm
Thank you sweetie!!!!
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