Ukrainian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup Recipe -
Ukrainian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup Recipe

Ukrainian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

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"This cabbage soup is sweet with the taste of apples and a little sour from the addition of vinegar. A garnish of sour cream and chopped apple is beautiful and delicious."

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  1. In a large saucepan, saute the apple and onion in the butter until tender. Stir in the cabbage and saute for 5 more minutes.
  2. Pour in stock and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, and raisins. Simmer, uncovered, for an hour. Stir in apple butter.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 18, 2006

My Uncle remembered a cabbage soup his immigrant mother made as a child. All he told me was it had rasins and prunes and short ribs in it. I used Holly's rescipe as a base, and I boiled 1 pound of short ribs in 2 quarts water to make the stock, leaving the meat in the pot. I also added 1/3 cup prunes and 2 heaping tablespoons of freash grated ginger to the pot about 30 minutes before serving. Rave reviews from my uncle and my husband! Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 17, 2009

The concept is great, but even after cutting the vinegar in half, the soup was still way to sour for me.


23 Ratings

Feb 10, 2004

I've made this soup twice now with great results. Served with fresh-baked bread (try the "Honey Wheat II" recipe on this site) and sour cream, it's a big hit for cold nights. My Ukrainian-born husband raves about it and loves the sweet-sour zing. He's a little picky and usually turns his nose up at my attempts at Ukrainian fare, but this was a winner!

Feb 17, 2004

I love this delicious soup; I put in 1/4C vinegar (instead of 1/2C) and use golden raisins. Sometimes I put in a slightly spicey sausage, sliced chunks: I boil sausage pieces in soup for a few minutes at the end before serving. Lovely next day...seems that flavors blend more after reheating. Don't skip the celery seed...adds to the unique flavor!

Jan 08, 2006

This cabbage was unbelievably good. It reminds me of the soup my mother used to make, before she stated to control sweetenning in her recipes.

Apr 10, 2003

we, my family, truly enjoyed this soup

Dec 07, 2010

This recipe has become a favorite for me. A perfect recipe for the busy single (like me.) It's so easy and cheap without a lot of ingredients, yet so tasty! I love the vinegar flavor and follow the recipe exactly, but if you don't like such a strong vinegar flavor it's easy to play with the ratios of sugar or apple butter to vinegar. I sometimes add cranberries too. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Sep 14, 2006

I added 1 lb. Keilbasa to the soup and it was delicious!!


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  • Calories
  • 154 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.8 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 254 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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