This isn’t your ordinary cabbage stew, this is the Mr. CBB’s jazzed up version. Although I used pork sausages in this recipe (that’s what we had on hand) we normally like to use a lean turkey sausage.
There are many meals on a budget that you can create that are healthy and not compromising taste, just ask my friend Bonnie who is on a journey to lose 100lbs. Bonnie creates simple healthy meals and is getting fit on a budget.
This stew is an easy frugal meal to make that is also perfect for the budget conscious college students. It’s a stew that eats like a meal especially when you crave that homemade comfort food and want to try something new in the kitchen.
You can make a big pot of this Sausage Potato Cabbage Tomato Stew and store the leftovers for a busy day when you don’t have time to cook. Who doesn’t like quick left over meals or meals you can freeze, but don’t forget to keep a freezer inventory list so you know what you have on hand.
The great thing about making a stew or pot of soup is the ways you can change it up. If you have a grocery budget for say 1,2,3,4 or more people you can make it in the biggest pot you own and it’s still cheaper than buying any canned soup, in my opinion. Since the Fall is here I like to play around with different variations of stew and soups and this stew I created for you is hearty, flavourful and hits the spot.
What is the difference between a stew and a soup?
Well soup may have a broth or cream based liquid where a stew has a gravy like texture. To be honest some times I have a hard time distinguishing between the two but I believe it can be whatever you want it to be. This recipe is what you would call a stew that eats like a soup because of all the big chunks of vegetables and meat.
I didn’t add any thickeners to this stew as the starch from the potatoes seemed to thicken it up on its own but not so gravy like. You may prefer to thicken stew with flour, butter, cornstarch or arrowroot if you want the gravy like texture. You can simply letting the stew cook down until it thickens which is called reduction. With a stew you can toss in cuts of meat that are tougher to cook and can handle hours of cooking in the slow cooker or in a pot. These cuts of meat make stew a top choice for low-cost frugal cooking.
I hope you will take the time this year to try some new recipes and bump up the “WOW” in your kitchen. The WOW being your family taking that first bite and saying “WOW” this is awesome. Nothing says love then some good ol’ home cooking!
What is your favourite homemade Stew or Soup?
Mr. CBB’s Sausage Potato Cabbage Tomato Stew
- A big pot or crock-pot if you prefer on low for 8-10 hours.
- Cutting Board
- Can opener
- Measuring Cup 2 cup and 4 cup glass
- Measuring spoons
- 30 minutes to cook sausages and chop vegetables and make the broth
- 1- 1.5 hours in the pot or 8-10 on low in a slow-cooker
- 4-6 adults
- 1/2 head of cabbage shredded
- 1/2 cup of red wine
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 1 Pkg of sausages (5) your choice
- 1 Yellow Onion chopped
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- Fresh Parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmigiano regianno
- 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 6 medium potatoes peeled and cut into uniform bite size chunks
- 1/2 fresh lime squeezed
- 1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
- 2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of clubhouse pork seasoning
- 2 Bay leaf
- 4 cups of water
- 4 knorr chicken bouillon cubes
- Peel and chop all your vegetables so they are ready so your cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, garlic, fresh ginger
- Boil 4 cups of water and pour over your 4 chicken cubes in your 4 cup measuring cup.
- To the chicken broth add the entire can of tomato paste while the broth is hot and stir
- Chop up your sausages into bite size chunks and sauté in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of pork seasoning, minced garlic, ginger
- Once the sausages are browned add in the onions and stir on med heat for 2 minutes until they are translucent
- Add in the carrots and the cabbage and stir until it wilts about 3-5 minutes
- Add in the chicken broth mixture with the tomato paste
- Add in your potatoes and stir
- Add in the 2 bay leafs and the worchestershire sauce
- Add in salt and pepper to taste
- Add in the lime juice and stir
- Add in the red wine and stir
- Simmer on medium heat for about 1-1.5 hours or until the potatoes are tender and the flavours all come together.
- Stir often and check flavour
- Remove bay leaf before serving
- Chop fresh parsley
- Fill a bowl, top with parsley and freshly grated cheese
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