Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Corned beef and cabbage...soup

Happy corned beef month! Is that a weird thing to wish you? Shush, now, and let me sing you a love song about corned beef. How do I love thee, corned beef? Let me count the ways.

I love to roast corned beef topped with a little brown sugar and ground mustard. I love to make a Guinness roasted corned beef. My least favorite way is boiled corned beef with cabbage in the traditional style. I think I like that way the least because even though it's the simplest, my Grandmom killed it on that dish and I have never made it so it tastes as good as hers did, even though she gave me instructions and said mine was passable...but not hers. LOL

Last year I came upon SkinnyTaste's corned beef and cabbage soup and I was intrigued. I never made it last year or any time throughout the year because every March I make corned beef and my heart sings as I eat it so I vow to make corned beef at other times of the year. Then the next time I eat it again is the following March because I have no corned beef follow through.

So on a March day in Philly that's going to get to 80 degrees, I give you an early St. Paddy's gift of soup.
p.s. fellow's St. Paddy's. Not St. Patty's.

2 leeks, chopped and washed (white and light green parts only)
1 tbs garlic
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 small head of cabbage or half of a large head, cored and chopped
2 medium red potatoes, washed and chopped
1 tsp bay leaves
1 tsp parsley
2 tbs olive oil
1.5 lb corned beef + the little seasoning packet (I got a 3 pounder, cut it in half, and baked the rest)
6 cups water
Put your potatoes in a bowl of cold water so they don't turn black in the next few hours.

Heat oil over medium low heat in large pot or dutch oven. Add leeks and saute for five minutes.

Add corned beef, seasoning packet, bay leaves, parsley, and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Cover it and simmer it over low heat for three hours.

Pull the corned beef out. You can shred it with a fork or use a food processor to break it up. I chose the latter because it was 10 pm and I didn't have time to be playing forksies.

Return corned beef to the pot, drain and add potatoes and cabbage. Add salt & pepper if needed. I think corned beef is super salty so I declined...and I am the queen of salt.

Cook about 30 more minutes until the potatoes and cabbage are tender.


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  1. Awesome, perfect for this month!!!!

  2. I love CBnC. I look forward to my Mom's every year. This looks like a great freezable option for when you want the flavors outside of March.

  3. i cringe a little when people write st patty's lol. i love corned beef! so funny your grandmom said that about your soup, my nana said the same thing about my scones so i gave up trying and now she just makes them for me when i visit (though i get to help because she struggles a bit). mm scones. mm cabbage. yum!

  4. I love me some corned beef! Make it a few times every year and my kids love it too. This looks like a great one to try, thanks for sharing.

  5. I like it on a sandwich. I think I would like this instead of ham and cabbage soup. Will file in my recipe folder! Top of the morning !
    Another beauty of a day.
    Love. Your. Momma.

  6. This looks delicious, and my husband would love it!

  7. Can you believe I have never had corned beef and cabbage soup? I have no idea why. Looks so good.

  8. I don't think I've ever had corned beef. I think I assumed it was a canned meat, like spam. I'm going to look for it at the store to see if it's even sold here.

  9. OK... I totally always put Patty's day. oops.

  10. LOL on your Grandmom's comment!

    I've never had this. I think it's the fact that I don't like corned beef. Or cabbage.

  11. Yumm I don't think I've made anything with corn beef so I'm going to have to try this soup. SkinnyTaste seriously has the best recipes. I cook so many of their meals.

  12. YUM! This would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day next week :)

  13. I'm pretty obsessed with Corned Beef & Cabbage + I love soup so... this looks dang good!! Definitely pinned it.

  14. Oh my goodness, I HAVE to try this!!!!!

  15. Yes! It is Patty's! It drives me nuts when people get it wrong lol slainte!
    Xo, Evelina @ Fortunate House

  16. Mmmm I looove corned beef!


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