Sweet & Sour Cabbage Soup With Dill Recipe

Sep 4, 2013 4:00 pm

Jewish soul food soup is full of flavor, seasonings

There's a little bit of everything in this cabbage soup, best described as "Jewish soul food".
There's a little bit of everything in this cabbage soup, best described as "Jewish soul food".

Rosh Hashanah starts today at sundown today and lasts until Friday, and we're super-excited to nosh on some of our favorite Jewish dishes to celebrate the new year. We borrowed a recipe for sweet and sour cabbage soup from cookbook author and executive chef of New England Soup Factory, Marjorie Druker. It's the kind of simple, delicious peasant food you can eat a whole lot of.

As old-fashioned as it sounds, this soup is one of my favorites. I think of it as Jewish soul food. Brown sugar, raisins and maple syrup help mellow the sharpness of the cabbage. The flavor seems to carry with it the grandmotherly wisdom that life is sometimes sweet and sometimes sour, but the combination balances out. This soup is especially popular among our senior customers, who remember when their mothers made it for them back in the Old Country.

Reprinted with permission from New England Soup Factory Cookbook

Servings: 10 -12


2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups diced onions
2 cups sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1 head cabbage, diced or sliced
3/4 cup golden raisins
3 1/2 quarts chicken or beef stock
2 cups canned stewed tomatoes
2 cups V-8 juice
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
kosher salt, to taste
  1. Heat a stockpot for 2 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, onions, carrots and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cabbage and sauté an additional 5 minutes. Add the raisins, stock, tomatoes, V-8 juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice and caraway seeds. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the heat. Add the dill and salt. Adjust the seasonings, adding more lemon juice or brown sugar, if necessary.

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