Slice cabbage, onions, carrots.
Saute onions in leftover bacon drippings. (for those watching your fat intake - put them straight in the pot. otherwise you can saute them in fat or butter - until slightly wilted down - which sweetens the onions and cabbage beautifully.)
Put above in pot. (or crockpot)
Add cocktail juice (i like Allan's - its sweeter than V8 brand - this is the way to get all those vegetables in that you and the kids don't like :) a full 1.89L bottle) and tomatoes (i use the ones w/ basil and garlic to save a step). Rest of Spices and sugar - except pepper - only about 1/2 the pepper as you will need to top it up at the end for fresh flavour.
Cook for 3-4 hours stirring occasionally -- until the the cabbage and such wilt down. (the crockpot is pretty full - i add things as i have room). Dice & Add potatoes, and carrots.
Add sausage (and optional bacon) whole or sliced to soup and cook for another 20 minutes at least before serving (for me its the rest of the day). (Optionally you can cook the sausage on a baking sheet in the oven - 350 for around 20-25 min - then slice up -- for choking safety w/ kids slice lengthwise then cut up (making half circles).
Or slow cook in crock pot (i prefer this) all day on low... (i sometimes put it in the fridge and continue cooking few more hours on low the next day -- for the next days dinner).
I use LOTS of pepper since this is supposed to be a PEPPERY winter warming, sinus clearing soup.
Serve with buttered bread or crescent rolls and sour cream dolloped on top (remove sour cream for low cal version.)
Tastes better each time you reheat it (which for us two is about 4-5 meals :))
A wonderful hearty soup - great for a cold winter day. This recipe makes a large crock pot (the big oval one) full - good for several meals and leftovers too.
in response to the rachel's comment. the sizing of the tomato cocktail is from the default in the app - it should be a full size jug of v8 or similar (i don't know the oz - since i buy it in canada - its 1.89l) and i don't know where the program got 16 oz from. (i have a mac now -- and big oven is decidedly un-mac friendly so i can't see it). the only ingredients i don't mention in the instructions are the carrots -- they go in w/ the tomatoes and juice. in fact - its very easy - after you saute stuff like the onions - it all gets dumped into the pot at once and set on slow cook. sorry you didn't like it - but since you didn't make it as instructed -- water will just make it weak - i cant imagine it would taste right. Note that until the cabbage cooks down - the liquid will NOT cover it -- but thats why there is a lid on a slow cooker, between the juice and the liquid from the tomatoes there is plenty - and i've been making this recipe for 20 years w/o fail. I've updated it to show where to put the veggies in.
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|Serving Size: 1 serving (359g)|
|Recipe Makes: 10 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 109 (42%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 12.1g||16 %|
|Saturated Fat 4.2g||21 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 5.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.4g|
|Cholesterol 23.6mg||7 %|
|Sodium 349.5mg||12 %|
|Potassium 1055.4mg||28 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 31.1g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 7.1g||28 %|
|Sugars, other 23.9g|
|Protein 9.5g||14 %|
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Calories per serving: 260
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