Hi there! How are you this morning? Long time no chat. I last checked in on the blog with a recent string of unfortunate computer incidents, a very busy semester, and time spent on the job search. Needing to find some ways to simplify my life, I decided to take a temporary step back from blogging. While I don’t think I’m ready to start writing regularly again, I’m planning to check in from time-to-time with fun recipes and workouts, so I hope you’ll keep stopping by!
The tough semester has fortunately ended, and I’m home on break. This means that I have access to a nice, big kitchen again, including my mom’s handy dandy Crock Pot, which is the inspiration for today’s post!
Last night’s dinner was a winner for cold weather– Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup! Stuffed cabbage is a family favorite. This quick, easy, flavorful soup has the great taste of stuffed cabbage, but without all of the effort involved in mixing the meat and rolling it in the cabbage. Another fun twist on this version of “stuffed cabbage:” I used barley instead of rice. I love the chewy texture and thickness that the barley adds to this soup.
Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
- 1 medium head of cabbage
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef– I used 96% lean
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2/3 cup raw barley, rinsed
- 1 quart beef broth
- 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A few generous shakes of pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
Brown onion and beef. Add salt, pepper, paprika, sugar, and garlic powder. Add crushed tomatoes and rinsed barley, stir, and reduce to a simmer.
Meanwhile, coarsely chop cabbage, and lay in the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour beef, tomato, barley mixture on top of the cabbage.
Add quart of beef broth to the Crock Pot, cover, and cook on high for 5 hours.
Once the cabbage has cooked down and the barley is soft and chewy, garnish with your favorite fresh herbs. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy!
If you’re in the market for a simple, delicious meal that’s perfect for the cold weather, be sure to give this one a shot!
What are your favorite soup recipes? Do you like stuffed cabbage rolls?