Nick's Picks: Halupki Soup

01.19.11 | Nick Finlayson | Comments[13]

Ingredients

1 ½ Lb Meatloaf Mix
1 Medium Yellow (Spanish) Onion Small diced
1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
2 Cans Petit (small) diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces each
2 tbsp Vegetable base
½ head Small Green Cabbage Chopped
1 Cup Rice
½ Cup Ketchup
Salt and Pepper to taste

Slow cooker method:

Brown Meat in skillet. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Drain well. Place mixture in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Add cabbage. Turn cooker on to low.

Place tomatoes in crock pot and refill the empty cans with hot water. Dissolve base in cans and add to slow cooker. Refill the cans once more and add water to the soup. Add ketchup and cover. Cook for 10 hours on low. 1 hour before serving, add rice and stir. Once rice is cooked, serve and enjoy!

Stovetop method:

Brown Meat in skillet. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Drain well. Place meat mixture to a large pot over low heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Add cabbage. Place tomatoes in pot and refill the empty cans with hot water. Dissolve base in cans and add to pot. Refill the cans once more and add water to the soup. Add ketchup and cover. Cook for 4 simmering, stir occasionally. 1 hour before serving, add rice and stir. Once rice is cooked, serve and enjoy!

Comments

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on 01.24.11 Vicki commented

This soup was excellent! My husband raved about it.

on 01.24.11 Evie commented

Thanks, Nick, I love the Polish dish similar to this, so I am looking forward to making this. One question, I cooked a dish in my crock pot with rice and the rice did not cook all the way. Do you add uncooked or cooked rice to your dish here? God bless you and thank you for sharing your culinary talents, my friend!

on 01.24.11 Gail Cocking commented

We KNOW this soup is delicious as Nick shared this recipe with us a while back and we made it! It is fun to hear you on the radio - keep up the good work.

on 01.24.11 Nick F. commented

Evie,
You can cook the rice separately (1 cup of rice with 2 cups boiling water for about 15 minutes) then add it to the soup.I've also used "minute" rice which would cook quicker!

Gail,
Glad that you are still enjoying it!

God Bless
Nick

on 01.24.11 John Cocking commented

Huzzah for Nick's Picks. Nick, you have a great radio presence. And the soup is really, really tasty.

on 01.24.11 Patty commented

Nick, I have two questions. Is that just bread on top of the soup or is it cornbread? 2nd. What kind if sausage do you use? Is it Italian Sausage or just breakfast sausage ( like Jimmy Deans sausage)? It looks so good. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.

on 01.24.11 Nick F. commented

Patty,
The photo shows home made croutons for garnish, you can use whatever suites your tastes. I enjoy a crusty bread to "sop" up the juices.
The meat I used is a meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal) although you can use regular ground beef, turkey, or even "soy burger" for those who prefer!

God Bless,
Nick

on 01.24.11 Deb L. commented

What a great addition to the website! Nicks Picks...love it! Love the food! Thanks, Nick for being such a great addition to FLN!

on 01.24.11 Susan S. commented

Does anyone there know what a wonderful singing voice Nick has? We miss his bass in choir. Here's a thought maybe he could sing while he cooks sometime.

on 01.24.11 Laura commented

This soup looks so great - I can't wait to try it! Can you please tell me though what is vegetable base and where do I find it in the grocery store? I have another soup recipe that calls for chicken base and someone told me it's just like a liquid/paste-y bouillon...is that right?

Thanks and God Bless!

on 01.24.11 Nick F. commented

Thanks for the great comments everyone! I don't think that me singing on air would be a good idea, but I like your spirit Sue!
Laura, the vegetable base that I buy is called "Better than Boulion" and I find it in the soup section. It does add alot of flavor.

God Bless and Enjoy!
Nick

on 01.26.11 Teresa commented

Tried this soup this weekend. However, it really didn't turn out "soup" -- the rice thickened it up like a spanish rice, and we enjoyed it that way. Great flavor. I did add some Old Bay for a little "spark".

on 02.22.11 Amy commented

I'm not a huge cook, so 1 C. of rice didn't look like enough so I added another. OOOPS... A little thick but still tasted very good. So instead of soup we had stewp. Next time I think I'll add 1 1/2 C. We liked it on the thicker side. Lots of people have asked me for the recipe.

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