Bleak, cold days call for hearty soups made with ease. This recipe, “Kabisuppe” which means cabbage & rice soup originating in Sweden & Norway)) is from my friend, Liz Shenk, owner, with her husband John Shenk, of “12 South Inn Suites” in the 12th South Neighborhood of Nashville. Liz also cooks up some wonderful dishes from the most simple beginnings. A Cabbage & an Onion are the two main ingredients in this soup. Basmati rice & a generous pinch of Caraway Seed finish it off. With just a bit of work and very little time you will have one heartwarming soup for a wintry evening.
“How easily happiness begins by dicing onions. A lump of sweet butter slithers and swirls across the floor of the saute pan, especially if its errant path crosses a tiny slick of olive oil. Then a tumble of onions” (Excerpted from the poem “Onions” by William Matthews.)
- 1/2 cup butter/1 stick
- 1 large onion, cut in large dice
- 1 medium head of Cabbage, cored & chopped
- 6 cups chicken broth
- Generous pinch of caraway seeds
- 1/2 cup Basmati rice
- Salt & Black pepper to taste
- Melt butter over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add in sliced onion and chopped cabbage. Cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent.
- Add the chicken broth & caraway seeds. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 cup water if soup gets too thick.
- Add rice and cook another 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.
- Taste & adjust seasonings.
Notes from Liz: Rice can be cooked separately and added to soup after it is cooked. This will keep the soup from getting too thick.
Eat well, stay warm. Be kind.
“Winter. Time to eat fat and watch hockey…..February, month of despair, with a skewered heart in the centre. I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries with a splash of vinegar.” (From: “February” a poem by Margaret Atwood)
26 thoughts on “Liz’s Kabisuppe…A Wintry Cabbage Soup”
This makes my heart happy!! Hugs to you all. Off to make some soup!!
Thanks so much for stopping by Jessi. I think of you often and hear from you guys via Liz and John. Hope you are well. T
This sounds delicious!
I love the simplicity of this soup!
Debbie & Johanne thank you both for your kind words. This soup is super easy and delicious. A winter heart warmer!
Wow! Your recipe came at the right time for me… I was wondering what to do with my cabbage! Thank you for sharing!
I know, I always use part of a head of cabbage and then what! Liz’s soup is just the ticket! Thanks.
Fantastic – totally my type of soup. So warming and delicious.
And so simple. Hope you are well and staying warm.
That looks delicious and although it’s breakfast time now, I want some!
If I had some I would get in my car right now and drive it over to Idaho Avenue! Alas I have no more…get Whitney on it! Love to you.
what a simple and lovely combination. I can imagine a drizzle of kraut juice on top would add a nice sparkle too.
Great idea that I would never have thought of…kraut juice! It is supposed to be good for you and would indeed add some spark! Stay warm on the farm.
WOW. . that’s what I call a snack!! I too have an unused cabbage in the refr.. I will make the soup w/ a little less butter.. I think.
A perfect winter soup to cozy up and enjoy.
Randi this soup would be great made with olive oil. But when Liz makes soups she pulls out all the stops!
This soup would not tempt me normally, but knowing Liz and how her simple cooking style produces some of the most “simply delicious” dishes, makes me want to give it a go!
With some of your cornbread it would be just the ticket for this Nashville winter we are having. Big love.
I’m with Whitney–Liz is a great and spare cook. I’m sure this is delicious. Hope you had a marvy Mexico trip. We look forward to posts about your adventure.
Thanks Nance, yes our Lizzie is a good and efficient cook and everything she makes is just delicious. My trip was bueno and I have lots of photos to share and a few upcoming recipes of course. My timing was good as it seems it was a bit messy and cold here. Hope to see you soon. Just saw that fab cake you made with grapefruit and I would like a slice for lunch!
Thanks Teresa- I have been making this simple soup for years but mine never looked this good.
Well Liz it really is all about how it tastes so I wanted the photo to convey that. You are a good and creative cook and so far I have never tasted anything you have made that is not great! Big love.
I know what I’m making tonight 🙂
Let me know how your soup turns out. This is so easy and healthy and delicious. Thanks.
I sure will 🙂
This looks yummy, think I’m going to have to try this.
Going through a soup addiction at the moment
This is just a gorgeous soup – caraway and cabbage are such good partners. (frugal, too! 🙂 )