PARMESAN CABBAGE SOUP
Makes: Total time:
4 to 6 servings
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated
teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for serving (optional)
1 small head of green cabbage (about 1 pounds), cored and coarsely chopped (about 9 cups)
1 teaspoons fine sea or table salt, plus more to taste
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock 1 cup long-grain rice
5 thyme sprigs
2 Parmesan rinds, or use another 2 tablespoons grated cheese
cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 cup chopped fresh dill or cilantro, or a combination
1. In a stock pot or large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes (if using), and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cabbage, salt and pepper, and cook until cabbage wilts slightly and begins to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in stock, rice and thyme. If using the Parmesan rinds, add them now and bring everything to a simmer. Cook, partly covered, over medium-low heat until cabbage and rice are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Discard thyme sprigs and Parmesan rinds. Using a Microplane or other fine grater, grate in the zest from the lemon. Stir in grated Parmesan and dill.
4. Halve lemon and squeeze in the juice from half of it. Cut the remaining lemon half into wedges for serving. Taste soup and add more salt and pepper, if needed. To serve, ladle into soup bowls, and garnish with more grated cheese, a lemon wedge and more red pepper flakes, if you like.