Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sopa de Repollo

It has been a crazy week of illness in the Martin-Cisneros house.  Last week, Era got sick.  I basically mocked him for whining and talked about how strong my immune system was.  Then karma kicked my butt.  I've been sick since Saturday and spent the past two days battling a high fever.

I'm just starting to get my cooking energy back, so I decided to make one of my favorite and easiest soups: cabbage.  Sopa de repollo is a Mexican cabbage soup that contains cabbage, squash, and a gang of veggies.  It really hits the spot for when you feel sick.  Plus, it's super easy to make.  The best thing to do is to cut the veggies on the thick side so they don't break down too much during the cooking process.

veggie heaven
Sopa de Repollo
(serves 8)
gluten free
soy free

2 Tbsp canola oil
1 small white onion, diced
3 large carrots, cut diagonally
4 small red potatoes (about ¾ lb), diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
2 tsp ground cumin
2 small zucchinis, sliced in half moons
2 celery stalks, cut diagonally
½ medium head of green cabbage, roughly chopped
8 cups water
1 ½ tsp fine sea salt, more or less to taste
pepper to taste
1 cup tightly packed cilantro, minced

Heat canola oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and potatoes. Cook them until the onions start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and cumin and cook for another minute. Add the zucchini, celery, cabbage, water and salt. Bring to a boil before turning the heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the fresh cilantro.

Now, I must take some more meds and relax.  Later this week I'll be doing a Caribbean Vegan review!  I'm way excited about that.  Also more cookbook challenge stuff to come.


Mihl said...

I am so sorry! Feel better soon, all of you. That soup sounds so great. I've been on a really crazy potato kick lately so that sounds perfect to me. I love how the bits stick out there.

Andrea said...

So sorry to hear you're not feeling well. The spicy soup is so packed with nutrition that your immune system will be kicking butt in no time. Sounds delicious and perfect to ward off winter's last chills. Garlic, pepper, cumin and cilantro = yum!

Ty (aka Meccabell) said...

I hope you feel better soon. The soup looks great. I am sure it will kill what ails you.

Anonymous said...

I hope you are feeling better, I bet that soup made a big difference, all those greens plus cilantro, red pepper, and garlic and onions sounds perfect for recovery.

veronica said...

Wow, Mo! This looks delicious. And I really give you props for cooking while you're not feeling well. I had a flu two weeks ago, and couldn't force myself to go into the kitchen to cook. I think I pretty much only ingested orange juice and water for four whole days! Whoops.

Either way, you're a rock star for making this soup, and I bet you are on the fast track to recovery if you aren't better already! It looks super yum AND super healthy. FEEL BETTER!!


dreaminitvegan said...

Good to hear you are starting to feel better, it's no fun being ill.
That soup looks like the perfect thing to nourish you back to health. A clear broth and lots of veggies.