Beef and Cabbage Soup

Ham, beef, beans, and lots of vegetables make this soup a filling meal for a cold winter day.



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Ingredients
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    Bouquet Garni*
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    1   pound 
    country or smoked bacon or 8 ounces prosciutto, diced
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    1 1/2 - 2   pounds 
    beef shank cross cuts
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    6   cups 
    water
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    1 1/2  pounds 
    new potatoes, quartered
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    medium yellow onions, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
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    4   
    medium carrots, peeled and quartered crosswise
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    turnips, peeled and quartered (12 oz. total)
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    1  15 - 19  ounce can 
    navy or cannellini beans, undrained
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    4   
    cloves garlic, minced
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    4   cups 
    coarsely chopped cabbage
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    Kosher salt or salt
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    Thickly sliced hearty country bread, toasted and rubbed with olive oil and garlic
Bouquet Garni
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    1  10  inch square 
    double-layered 100 percent cloth cheesecloth
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    2   
    bay leaves
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    8   sprigs 
    parsley
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    lightly crushed whole black peppercorn
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    4 - 5   sprig 
    fresh thyme
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    4 - 5   sprig 
    fresh marjoram


Directions
1.
Prepare Bouquet Garni; set aside. In a 10- to 12-quart kettle or Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp, stirring frequently. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in pan**. Brown beef shanks on both sides in reserved drippings. Add water, potatoes, onions, carrots, turnips, undrained beans, garlic, and Bouquet Garni. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Add cabbage; cover and simmer 30 minutes more or until meat is tender.
2.
Discard Bouquet Garni. Remove beef shanks; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones and shred; return to soup. Skim fat from soup. Heat through. Stir in cooked bacon or prosciutto. Season to taste with salt.
3.
To serve, transfer soup to a tureen. Place a slice of bread in bottom of soup plate and ladle soup over bread. Makes 8 main-dish servings.
Bouquet Garni
1.
Cut a 10-inch square of double-layered 100 percent cotton cheesecloth. Place bay leaves, parsley, lightly crushed whole black peppercorns, thyme and marjoram on center of cheesecloth. Draw up four corners of square to create a bag and secure with clean kitchen string.

Note
  • ** If using prosciutto, add oil, if necessary, to equal 2 tablespoons.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 548, Fat, total (g) 23, chol. (mg) 45, sat. fat (g) 10, carb. (g) 48, fiber (g) 8, pro. (g) 26, vit. A (IU) 7531, vit. C (mg) 31, sodium (mg) 925, calcium (mg) 111, iron (mg) 5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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