Cabbage Soup for a Crowd

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 8 cups roughly chopped cabbage, core removed
  • 5 cups tomato puree (passata)
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 11 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce, or to taste (Optional)


Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and cook ground beef and pork until browned and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Drain meat in a colander and set aside.

Heat olive oil in the same pot, add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.

Pour in red wine and deglaze the pot, scraping off all the browned bits of the bottom. Cook until wine evaporates, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in cabbage and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add browned beef, tomato puree, beef broth, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer until cabbage is soft about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed 20 to 25 minutes.

Add lemon juice and brown sugar to the soup and cook for 5 minutes. Spoon 3 tablespoons of rice into the bottom of each bowl and spoon soup mixture over the rice. Add a few drops of Sriracha sauce to each bowl.
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