Homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup {instant pot soup recipe}


The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

The weather may be warm, but this Instant Pot soup recipe is one you will not only want to make in the winter, but in spring, summer, and fall. Our homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup is filled with fresh ingredients, a fine cheese, caramelized onions, fresh cabbage, and topped with thick-cut bacon. Yes, this recipe is drool-worthy, hearty, and will leave you wanting more. It’s just that good. Grab the recipe down below! 

The weather may be warm, but this Instant Soup recipe is one you will not only want to make in the winter, but in spring, summer, and fall. Our homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup is filled with fresh ingredients, a fine cheese, caramelized onions, fresh cabbage, and topped with thick-cut bacon. Yes, this recipe is drool-worthy, hearty, and will leave you wanting more. It's just that good.

Homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup with Caramelized Onions {instant pot soup recipe}

It isn’t a popular thing to create and serve a soup course as a brunch entree, is it? I’m not sure, but that’s exactly what I did a few days ago. It was a lazy Sunday, and one of the first truly nice days, in the 70’s for crying out loud.

I got up and got myself together and visited one of my favorite places to search for fresh ingredients, Horrock’s Farm Market. I love this place; it is the only grocery store in town where you can order from their wine or beer bar (they have both) and walk around sipping while shopping. I didn’t indulge this time, but I have on earlier occasions, and it’s great! On this visit I walked the aisles perusing the vegetable bins; touching, smelling, and looking over the produce and if judged worthy I placed them in my push basket. It’s true; every great recipe starts with high-quality ingredients and this one was no exception.

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

Soup is a lot like a family; each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics, and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor. -Marge Kennedy

This is a great quote but only because it is so true, don’t you agree?  On the weekends I let my imagination run amok, at times not really having a clear idea of what it is I want to cook. I just know cooking is going to happen and I let what strikes my fancy, as I am shopping, guide me. This past weekend what caught my attention was the big pale green globes of firm cabbage. Plus, they were on sale! But cabbage is always relatively inexpensive, so there isn’t a really good excuse for not grabbing one from time to time. For some odd reason, soup was on my mind, and my mind was on soup. So, why not a cabbage soup? Or better yet, a creamy cabbage soup. And so this is what I came up with, something relatively easy to get from grocery bags and onto the table. A fulfilling and hearty soup with lots of layered flavors. Another requirement, it had to be visually nice to look at, who wants an ugly soup? I prefer soup that’s hot and steamy, teasing you to dredge your spoon deep into its depths over and over again until you have nothing left but the dregs. Yes, that’s the only kind of soup I want in my bowl. Okay, let me show you how I pulled this one off. 

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

The love the versatility of cabbage and the fact that its inexpensive makes for an easy go-to ingredient in lots of recipes.

As a kid, cabbage was often served, I remember mama preparing cabbage with salt pork then serving it with big warm buttered squares of cornbread. Although now, I typically forego the pork, this time I wanted the thick-cut bacon to be apart of the food experience, maybe it was one part nostalgia and one part delicious. 


The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

The spectacular color aside, I think carrots and cabbage are a match made in culinary heaven, don’t you?

When cooking with cabbage, I automatically have to add onions and carrots. Again, I want to keep this recipe quite simple and easy to replicate. So, I wheeled my cart over to the onion section, and I start to think about caramelized onions, and only sweet onions will fit the order. At home, I have a bag of shredded carrots, garlic and four cloves smashed, peeled and minced will work perfectly. When caramelizing onions, good butter is a must; sub-par ingredients rarely return favorable results so go big or go home. I grab green onions because they’re four for a dollar and they are still fresh with firm stalks and white roots. 

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

The smell of sautéed cabbage and carrots with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and freshly cracked black peppercorns takes me back to mama’s kitchen.

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

Caramelized sweet Vidalia onions and garlic are incredibly flavorful, and a good grade of butter is mostly the key, cook then low and slow and let delicious happen.

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

Patience is what makes caramelized onions and garlic so incredible; how the right amount of time and temperature can transform simple ingredients into greatness is always the objective. 

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

Cabbage, carrots, and caramelized onions and garlic are the hale and hearty backbone of this creamy cabbage soup, don’t believe me? Give it a try and tell me different. 

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

Here it is, the finished product, and it is all kinds of wonderful and so comforting, but in the spirit of being “too extra” let’s add some toppings!

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

Let’s talk about this slow-ripened Grana Padana cheese for a minute, it is one the best kinds of cheese I’ve ever tried, and in this creamy cabbage soup, it shines! Those 12th-century Cistercian monks knew what they were doing! 

 

The Best Creamy Cabbage Soup

How to make this Instant Pot Soup Recipe: Homemade Creamy Cabbage + Caramelized Onion Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cabbage
  • 1 cup minced carrots
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted sweet cream butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 14 ounces container chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and minced

Toppings:

  • Sliced Green Onion, sliced
  • Jalapeño Peppers, diced, seeds removed
  • Crispy Thick-Cut Bacon, crumbled
  • Grana Padano Cheese, grated

Equipment:

Instant Pot

Directions:

  1. Prep the bacon,  grate the block cheese, slice the jalapeños, and slice up the green onion. 
  2. In an Instant Pot add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and select the saute feature, when the oil is hot add the chopped cabbage and minced carrots.
  3. Stir occasionally, add freshly black peppercorns and sea salt.
  4. Continue to cook for 12-15 minutes or until the cabbage has softened and is semi-opaque. 
  5. Next, in a medium-size skillet over med/high heat add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil when the oil is hot add the onions and a two tablespoons of quality butter.
  6. Allow the butter to melt and continue to cook until the onions begin to brown on the bottom.
  7. Adjust the heat to its lowest setting and continue to cook, occasionally stirring for about 30-minutes. Then remove onions from the stovetop.
  8. In a separate skillet over med/high heat add the remaining butter, when the butter melts add the flour a litte at a time and continue to stir until you have a blond roux, about 10-12 minutes.
  9. Slowly, begin pouring in the heavy cream and keep whisking until all of the heavy cream is fully incorporated.
  10. Continue to stir as you pour in the whole milk.
  11. Add sea salt, freshly cracked black peppercorns, and the Old Bay seasoning. Mix until the cream mixture is smooth and all of the lumps are dissolved.
  12. Now, add the chicken stock to the cabbage mixture, then, little by little begin to pour the cream sauce into the cabbage mix.
  13. When the cream sauce has been fully incorporated, taste and if needed make any necessary seasoning adjustments.
  14. Allow the soup to sit for 15-minutes.
  15. Spoon the soup into bowls, add desired toppings and serve. 

 

The weather may be warm, but this Instant Soup recipe is one you will not only want to make in the winter, but in spring, summer, and fall. Our homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup is filled with fresh ingredients, a fine cheese, caramelized onions, fresh cabbage, and topped with thick-cut bacon. Yes, this recipe is drool-worthy, hearty, and will leave you wanting more. It's just that good.

Soup really is one of my favorite homemade comfort foods and not only eating it but in the preparation and making of it as well. The kitchen really is my happy place and when I am armed with quality ingredients who’s a happy camper doing what they love doing? Me, that’s who. Where is your happy place? And once there, what is it that you enjoy doing? What brings you joy? Okay, then do it. 

The weather may be warm, but this Instant Pot soup recipe is one you will not only want to make in the winter, but in spring, summer, and fall. Our homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup is filled with fresh ingredients, a fine cheese, caramelized onions, fresh cabbage, and topped with thick-cut bacon. Yes, this recipe is drool-worthy, hearty, and will leave you wanting more. It's just that good.

Homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup {instant pot soup recipe}

Homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup {instant pot soup recipe}

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cabbage
  • 1 cup minced carrots
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 14 ounces container chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 sticks sweet cream unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and minced
  • Toppings:
  • Sliced Green Onion
  • Finely Diced  Peppers
  • Crumbled Thick-Cut Bacon
  • Grated Grana Padano Cheese

Instructions

  • Prep the bacon,  grate the block cheese, slice the jalapeño, and slice up the green onion.
  • In an Instant Pot add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and select the saute feature, when the oil is hot add the chopped cabbage and minced carrots.
  • Stir occasionally, add freshly black peppercorns and sea salt.
  • Continue to cook for 12-15 minutes or until the cabbage has softened and is semi-opaque.
  • Next, in a medium-size skillet over med/high heat add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil when the oil is hot add the onions and a 3/4 stick of quality butter.
  • Allow the butter to melt and continue to cook until the onions begin to brown on the bottom.
  • Adjust the heat to its lowest setting and continue to cook, occasionally stir for about 30-minutes.
  • In a separate skillet over med/high heat add the remaining 1/3 of butter, when the butter melts add the flour and continue to stir until you have a browned roux.
  • Slowly, begin pouring in the heavy cream and keep whisking until all of the heavy cream is fully incorporated.
  • Continue to stir as you pour in the whole milk.
  • Add sea salt, freshly cracked black peppercorns and the Old Bay seasoning and mix until the cream mixture is smooth and all of the lumps are removed.
  • Now, add the chicken stock to the cabbage mixture, then, little by little begin to pour the cream sauce into the cabbage mix.
  • When the cream sauce has been fully incorporated, taste and if needed make any necessary seasoning adjustments.
  • Allow the soup to sit for 15-minutes. Serve.
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    The weather may be warm, but this Instant Pot soup recipe is one you will not only want to make in the winter, but in spring, summer, and fall. Our homemade Creamy Cabbage Soup is filled with fresh ingredients, a fine cheese, caramelized onions, fresh cabbage, and topped with thick-cut bacon. Yes, this recipe is drool-worthy, hearty, and will leave you wanting more. It's just that good.

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    3 Comments

    1. Valerie Smith
      April 29, 2018
      Reply

      This cabbage soup looks divine. I will definitely be trying it. I just have to find a substitute for the heavy whipping cream, because cant do lactose. Any suggestions?

      • April 29, 2018
        Reply

        Mrs. Smith, I am so glad you stopped by to check out our wonderful recipe. This really is a wonderful soup, full of so much flavor and just about perfect for almost any time of the year. Sorry to hear about your issues with dairy products, but may I suggest trying a heavy whipping cream, or milk products in general, made with A2 milk? Most people who suffer from a lactose intolerance are consuming milk produced from A1 cows like Holsteins, which produce a A1 beta-casein type protein. However, the milk from A2 producing cows like Jerseys and Guernseys does not historically contribute to the many digestive and health issues associated with A1 milk. When looking for A2 milk look for local dairy farm suppliers raising the following breed of cows: Brown Swiss, Guernsey, and Jersey cows. I hope this helps and good luck!

    2. Valerie Smith
      April 29, 2018
      Reply

      Wow very good information. I had no idea there was a difference in cows! I will definitely check this out. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed day

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