Happy Friday! Today’s recipe is a tasty and comforting beef and cabbage soup made in the Instant Pot.
What’s in this soup recipe?
One of the main ingredients is savoy cabbage, which has a delicate, sweet and slightly earthy flavour. The leaves, ranging from yellow-green to dark green in colour, are thin, tender, and distinctly crinkled.
Savoy cabbage is also good for you as it’s low in cholesterol and saturated fat and a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, dietary fiber, and protein.
Choose a savoy cabbage that has a head that is compact and tight, heavy for its size, and its green leaves do not have any discolouration or holes.
Can’t find a savoy cabbage? Alternately, you can use green cabbage in this recipe.
Then there is the second main ingredient: lean ground beef. Ground beef and cabbage are a classic pairing as the natural umami (meaty) flavour of beef is amazing when combined with the sweet, earthy cabbage.
I like that the textures contrast slightly in this soup as the beef is small and slightly chewy (but tender) while the cabbage is chopped larger, thin, and extremely tender.
The other vegetables in this soup include carrots, onion, and garlic. Carrots add nutrition, vegetal sweetness, and texture, while the latter two ingredients provide an aromatic flavour base to the soup.
The other ingredients serve to enhance the flavours of the main ingredients. The tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce give the soup’s beef broth sweet, savoury, and tangy notes, while the fennel seeds have a subtle licorice (like anise) flavour that goes so well with cabbage.
Also remember to season with salt and pepper. It makes everything taste better.
How do you make this Beef and Cabbage Soup?
Sauté onions, garlic, and carrots and then brown the ground beef. Full ingredient amounts and complete instructions listed down in the recipe card below.
Then stir in the cabbage before adding the remaining ingredients. Stir to distribute the ingredients throughout.
Seal the Instant Pot and then cook at high pressure for 6 minutes before allowing 10 minutes of natural release then applying a quick release. Taste for additional salt and pepper before serving.
This Instant Pot soup is:
Comforting, delicious, and healthy: It’ll help keep you full and warm up on a chilly day.
Perfect to serve the family or to have leftovers for the week.
Great to have as a light meal on its own or as a tasty appetizer or side dish.
Simple and easy to make.
One-pot: Everything is made in the Instant Pot so clean-up is easy.
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