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Caramelized Onion and Savoy Cabbage Chowder with Thyme

Green cabbage can be substituted for savoy cabbage in this hearty chowder.



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½ cup apple cider
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1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
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2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
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2 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided
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12 oz. savoy cabbage, cut into large dice (6 to 7 cups)
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3 large onions, cut into large dice (1 ½ lb.)
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3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
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2 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped, divided
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3 cups Cheese Croutons (recipe, p. 61)


1. Combine apple cider, soy sauce, and vinegar in small bowl.

2. Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil and 1 Tbs. butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, and season with salt, if desired. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to shallow bowl.

3. Heat remaining 1 Tbs. oil and 1 Tbs. butter in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, and season with salt, if desired. Cover, and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until onions are softened, stirring occasionally. Uncover, and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until onions are golden brown. Add garlic, 1 1/2 Tbs. thyme, and apple cider mixture, stirring to scrape up browned bits on pan bottom. Bring to a simmer, and cook 1 minute. Add cabbage and 5 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and cook 
15 minutes. Serve topped with Cheese Croutons and remaining 1 1/2 tsp. thyme.

Nutrition Information: 

7 g
Total Fat: 
21 g
Saturated Fat: 
8 g
33 g
26 mg
215 mg
9 g
9 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Absolutely delicious. Added sweet potatoes and white beans for a meal-in-a-bowl chowder. Didn't bother with the croutons. :)

Thank you for this site. It is a delight.

We love this soup!

Really delicious soup--it won't last long!

Used margarine and vegan cheese. also added apple. Very tasty.

It is lovely. I was thinking it could be a good side dish, thinking of mushrooms here perhaps? The meaty monsters here could have it and I could have my preferences and we would all be happy. I do try to do the same thing as much as possible and they get their 'extras' and I get mine. Does anyone else have a separate kitchen part too? One for the meaty lot and one for the veggies. Each clean and look after their own and their fridges. The plates and cutlery, all are in their colours, red, orange and Browns of the woodsmen and hunters, mine are greens and blues of the grass and sky where my loves grow and thrive.