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Bowl and saucepan filled with cabbage soup, topped with parmesan shavings

Cabbage soup

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Serves 6

Get three of your 5-a-day with a bowl of this healthy, low-fat cabbage soup. It's delicious on its own or served with a hunk of crusty, buttered bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal156
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre8g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.15g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 70g smoked pancetta, diced (optional)
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 1 large Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 heaped tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1.7l hot vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • shaved parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve (optional)
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a casserole pot over a low heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot, along with a generous pinch of salt, and fry gently for 15 mins, or until the veg begins to soften. If you're using pancetta, add it to the pan, turn up the heat and fry for a few mins more until turning golden brown. Tip in the cabbage and fry for 5 mins, then stir through the garlic, paprika and rosemary and cook for 1 min more.

  2. Tip the chopped tomatoes and stock into the pan. Bring to a simmer, then cook, uncovered, for 30 mins, adding the chickpeas for the final 10 mins. Season generously with salt and black pepper.

  3. Ladle the soup into six deep bowls. Serve with the shaved parmesan and crusty bread, if you like.

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