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Croatian Sarma Soup (Stuffed Cabbage Soup)

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“I had a wonderful Sarma Soup at a local eatery and then tried to find a recipe online with no luck. So I used recipes for traditional Croatian Sarma, stuffed cabbage leaves, and made up my own version in a soup. It is very close to the version I had in the restaurant, but I like this one better. I am not Croatian and have no idea how authentic these flavors are, but I did use elements from recipes that were described as "authentic." This would be great for using up extra rice. Very easy and such comfort food.”
1hr 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook turkey bacon in frying pan until crisped, remove from pan to drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.
  2. Add ground beef to pan and brown in turkey bacon drippings until almost cooked through.
  3. Add diced onion and cook 4-5 minutes until onions are transparent.
  4. Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Drain meat mixture on paper towel lined plate.
  6. Place all ingredients, including meat mixture and turkey bacon, in a large pot and cook over medium heat until it boils. Turn heat down and cook for at least one hour, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if it gets too thick for your liking. I cook mine 2-3 hours.

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