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Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

What you need: 

1 head cabbage
2 large cans crushed tomatoes with added puree (or some equivalent)
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic
Juice of 2 lemons or about 1/4 cup balsamic or wine vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-2 talbespoons of grated fresh ginger
salt and pepper to taste

What you do: 

- slice cabbage thinly to create cabbage strips
- half onion and slice thinly to create half rings
- crush, slice or dice garlic
- grate ginger
Put everything in a large soup pot and add water to cover plus a little more. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2-3 hours (longer the better).
Dont be afraid to add more tomato, vegan sugar, or vinegar if you like it more tomatoey, sweeter, or more sour. Taste a couple hours into the cooking for adjustment. The cabbage will have imparted its flavor and the tomatoes will have mellowed.
You can also add rice during the last 45 - 30 minutes (also add the more water appropriate for the amount of rice you add. For example, I added 3/4 cup brown rice and 1 1/2 cup water the last 40 minutes)
Or add a can of white or garbanzo beans. (Again these won't need cooking, so just add at the end)

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I second 'pearl'

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