Everyday Mom's Meals: If It Has Hot Sauce, He Will Like It

Sunday, January 22, 2023

If It Has Hot Sauce, He Will Like It

 Anyone that knows my husband even a little bit knows he is a hot sauce fanatic. A connoisseur really. For him, the hotter the better; and it doesn't stop with hot sauce. He loves all spicy food, and if it makes him sweat and cry while eating it, he is in heat heaven. 

He's tolerance for heat knows no bounds. It's kinda freaky, really. Foods that others are doubled over in pain from, he shrugs off like he's popping potato chips. 

So when I saw a recipe over at Taste of Home for a cabbage and bean stew that had hot sauce in it, I was totally intrigued. I don't know if I've ever made a soup that included it. Now, many soups that I cook end up with hot sauce in them, because he adds them at the table, but not in the actual cooking process.

Now, before you stop reading because like me, you have kids and you think there is no way mine ate it. Both of my boys have been conditioned to heat and inherited that gene from their daddy. So the amount used in the recipe wasn't a problem for them. BUT, I am a wimp when it comes to heat, and I could eat this no problem at all as well. 

We also happen to be big cabbage and bean lovers too, so this soup was filled with many favorite flavors. It's hearty and filling-perfect for a cold winter's evening meal. 

Soup recipes never get old this time of year, but this one includes a little kick from the hot sauce bottle that will wake your taste buds up! Grab some crusty brown bread and supper is served! 

What Kind Of Cabbage For Cabbage and Bean Soup

For this recipe, and any other soup I make with cabbage in it I prefer everyday green cabbage. It stands up to cooking/boiling well and gives a nice texture to any soup or stew.

What Kind Of Beans For Cabbage and Bean Soup

I used great northern beans for this soup, but any white bean would work. I think cannellini beans could be great! In this recipe you want canned beans, not dry. First off, they will obviously cook quicker and also- they help to slightly thicken the soup because you only drain and rinse them a little bit. 

What Kind Of Hot Sauce For Cabbage and Bean Soup

I used "everyday" hot sauce in this recipe, similar to Frank's Red Hot. Tabasco would also work. You want something with a mild heat level, but good flavor because as it cooks in the soup, the flavor really comes through. If you like extra heat, by all means, use something with a higher heat level.

Is Cabbage Good For You

YES! Cabbage is highly nutritious and rich in vitamins C and K, plus fiber. It is believed it can support digestion, improve heart health and decrease inflammation.

Cabbage and Bean Soup

Cabbage and Bean Soup 

1 lb. ground beef

1 TBS olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

3 large carrots, finely chopped

1 medium head cabbage, chopped

1 (32 oz.) box beef broth

2 (14.5 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes, drained

2 (14.5 oz.) cans great northern beans, drained and lightly rinsed

1 TBS white vinegar

1 TBS brown sugar

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2-1 tsp. hot sauce

Salt and Pepper  

Dried Parsley

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Brown beef with onions and carrots until no longer pink. Add cabbage and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add broth, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add vinegar, brown sugar, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Add hot sauce to taste. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 45 minutes-1 hour until veggies are soft. Taste for seasoning. Add more salt, pepper and hot sauce if desired. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Cabbage and Bean Soup

Best Tips 

Have all veggies chopped before starting to cook

When adding broth, be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot- this adds flavor!

Start with a little hot sauce and add more to taste. 

Only drain and rinse the beans a little, you want some of the juice to help thicken the soup.

I like petite diced tomatoes in soup because of the smaller size, but regular diced work too.

Brown sugar and vinegar in soup? YES! They add a depth of flavor you won't believe. 

Ground pork or sausage could be swapped for the ground beef.


More Tasty Soup Recipes To Try Next 

Slow Cooker Fiesta Cabbage Soup 

Crock Pot Cabbage Soup  

Cabbage and Sausage Stew 

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup  

Cream of Broccoli Soup  

Creamy Sausage and Tortellini Soup 

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup  

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

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