Ciorbă de varză

Ciorbă de varză is a soup with smoked meat and cabbage. I promised you all this recipe in a recent post named “Romania” which I hope that you all enjoyed.

So… here it is…


  • 1 Medium sized onion
  • 1/2 pound of smoked meat cut into 1×1 inch cubes
  • 1 Teaspoon of dried Thyme
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Can of Sour Kraut or a whole sour cabbage chopped up
  • 1 Cabbage Head also chopped very fine
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Large Tomato


  1. Finely chop and sauté the onion with 2 table spoons of olive oil.
  2. Add in 1/2 pound of cubed smoked meat.
  3. Add thyme and bay leaves.
  4. Add a big can of “dried” sour kraut (Squeeze out the juice) or the sour cabbage.
  5. Cut the cabbage head into tiny pieces, salt it, squeeze it and then add it in and cover with water.
  6. Add large pieces of freshly cut red pepper.
  7. Add diced tomatoes.
  8. Continue to add water, salt, pepper, and tomato bouillon as needed for taste.

I do hope that you all enjoy this recipe. Please let me know if you have tried this before.

Christy 😃

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