Every spoonful of this Eastern European chicken cabbage soup gives you a taste of my heritage! The colors, flavors, textures and aromas sing about Croatia!
Eastern European countries are ones like Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovak, Croatia, Romania and more. I’m happy to say that I’ve traveled to many of them, experienced the foods first-hand, and being Croatian myself grew up with a Mom who cooked traditional foods from the old country having learned from her mother, my grandmother.
This soup reminds me so much of Mom and how we’d eat growing up. Her cooking always was healthy and filling, and cabbage was a staple for us, especially Mom’s sarma, or cabbage rolls. We kids never had hunger pains, which is a blessing. So, enjoy this soup, packed with nutrition and the wonderful memories of my growing up.
Polish Cabbage Soup Recipe
One of Ben and my favorite countries to visit is Poland. In fact, for our honeymoon, we did a three-week backpacking trip to Eastern Europe, and we loved Poland. Since then, we’ve been back to Poland three times. Besides loving the culture, people, traditions, and history, I fell in love with a Polish cabbage soup that I had when we were journeying to a small town, Wieliczka, outside of Warsaw to visit the salt mines.
When I’m traveling like this and I find stunning flavors and dishes, I recreate them in my head, make notes and then attempt a close resemblance in my own kitchen. That’s what this Polish cabbage soup recipe is, a fond delicious memory of food from Poland.
Cabbage in Soups Recipes
Cabbage in soups recipes is quite common in Eastern Europe. In fact, cabbage is a common ingredient in many dishes. In fact, Russian people have the highest consumption of cabbage annual per capita in the world at 20 kilograms/per. The cuisine of Eastern Europe is traditionally peasant and hearty, so cabbage is a staple in sauerkraut, cabbage rolls and more.
Growing up in West Virgina, my Croatian Mom used lots of cabbage in her cooking from frying cabbage in the skillet for a meal. Yes, this was the meal. To cabbage rolls and more.
Chicken Soup with Cabbage
This Eastern European chicken soup with cabbage is such a festive and colorful dish. It’ll make it more fun to eat! In Eastern Europe the cuisine varies depending upon the country. But, one food that seems to be prevalent in most of them is cabbage. And, soups are a staple. Since the climate is great for growing root vegetables, they’re used often in the soups, which are hearty, rustic and filling.
Soups Low in Carbs
One things about this recipe is that it’s a soup that is low in carbs. Yes, there are potatoes in it, but not that many. Most of the ingredients are low glycemic and quite healthy. It’s hearty and will stick to your ribs! And, if you want to make this best ever Sunday roasted chicken then use the leftovers for this recipe, you’re in business!
Put the chicken meat, broth, garlic, salt, cumin, chili flakes, pepper and cream of chicken soup in a heavy large pot (covered) over medium high heat and cook about 20-30 minutes (blending in the condensed soup). Add the potatoes and cook another 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add the celery, onions, and cabbage, cover and cook another about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve. Add the parsley right before serving.
Put the chicken meat, broth, garlic, salt, cumin, chili flakes, pepper and cream of chicken soup in a heavy large pot (covered) over medium high heat and cook about 20-30 minutes (blending in the condensed soup).
Add the potatoes and cook another 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add the celery, onions, and cabbage, cover and cook another about 20 minutes.
Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve. Add the parsley right before serving.