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With the arrival of January, known in the United States as ‘National Soup Month’, I was flipping through recipes, and thought I’d give this one a shot. I’m so glad I did! A hearty, healthy soup that goes a long way!

This soup is not only delicious, but for creative cooks who like to experiment, also provides a springboard for additional ideas. Leave out the sausage, use mushrooms instead. Leave in the sausage, and sneak it under the table to your dog. Add a bit more broth, and toss in some rice. Peel the apples and dice them instead of slice them. Leave out the meat and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup. So many ideas come to mind. If you like it on day one, you are going to love it on day two!

The first time I saw the recipe for this soup, I sneered at the thought of cabbage. Memories of cabbage stench wafting from a pressure-cooker through my childhood home has kept this vegetable at an arm’s length most of my life. Pigs in a Blanket, yuck! Back to the recipe, I noticed the inclusion of sausage. Again, not a favorite ingredient of mine, but I pulled the page from a magazine anyway, placing it among the umpteen other ‘might try one day’ recipes I’ve collected over the years. Were we in for a surprise!

Apples in my soup, you ask? I thought the same thing, too, but as I usually do, cooked the recipe as instructed, including the sliced apples, and was pleasantly surprised. I do suggest peeling the apples, the ever-so-sweet taste of Granny Smith survived the soup, and their flavor was enough for a treat on the tongue. The later you wait the add the apples, the more you’ll taste them, but they could easily be confused for potatoes.

For our family, this recipe is a keeper.

Step 1: The Recipe

Courtesy of Cooking Light, 2012

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1/2 cup chopped celery

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 ounces chicken apple sausage, sliced

5 cups Chicken Stock, or fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

(Per cup, standard broth has 290 MORE milligrams of sodium)

8 ounces chopped Yukon gold potato

3 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 8 ounces)

* SEE STEP 3 *

2 cups sliced Granny Smith apples (peel and dice later, to avoid browning)

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Looks tasty! Very well done, and it looks very healthy! I should try this!
<p>Hello Catlily,</p><p>Many thanks!</p><p>Bet you'll never guess what I had for breakfast. LOL. It is good. Very good. I can't say enough how surprised I was to enjoy this soup as much as I do, though I use diced mushrooms instead of added sausage, and I peel &amp; dice the apples. Nothing I would change, otherwise. </p>
<p>Hey, this looks like an excellent recipe. I love your photos too, so bright, clear, and appetizing. Especially photos in step 6... that's some fine food photography there!</p>
<p>Hi, Seamster! Thank you so much. If I had to guess, you are referring to the vegetables in the collander. I like that one, too! :-) Too bad that couldn't be the opening photo. </p>

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