Meatballs and cabbage recipe is a budget-friendly, low-carb, fiber-packed, quick and easy dinner.
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Prep Time: 5-8 Minutes
Active Cook Time: 30 Minutes (Prep time included)
WOW....that soup recipe sounds too good to be true. In fact, it is as great as it sounds. First off, let's check out some chef notes and tips.
I purposefully chose beef meatballs because it made me think of Korean BBQ and how good the beef coming out of the grill. But you can choose different meat combination for meatballs.
A tablespoon of Kimchi paste may sound a lot. But with such a big pot of soup, it adds just enough spiciness into the dish. When you use this ingredient, be aware of the people who you are going to share this delicious meal with. Adjust to the heat level that everybody is comfortable with.
Why didn’t I buy a container of kimchi and dump into the soup? There are several reasons. First of all, Kimchi is a condiment. To bump up the volume of the soup, you most likely need to add the entire jar or container of Kimchi in it. It depends on the package size you get. If you do so, the spiciness would be totally out of control. Besides, meatballs and cabbage recipe was created with the mind of having a tight budget to feed a big family. Buying a couple jars of kimchi for this recipe does not fit the bill.
Why did I choose green cabbage instead of other kinds of cabbages? Kimchi uses Napa cabbage which is a really nice vegetable that is commonly used in many Asian cuisines. However, it costs 3 times more than regular green cabbage price. Also, Napa cabbage leaves wilted as soon as it is cooked or made for Kimchi. Regular green cabbage keeps about the same volume even after it is cooked down. So, from another economic point of view, green cabbage is the best choice. But by all means, if budget is allowed, use Napa cabbage.
You may want to know what you are going to do with that big jar of Kimchi paste. Well, I got more recipes coming up to use it up. So, no worry and stay tuned. For now, let's get cooking.
1-1.5 lbs Green Cabbage (cut into bite size; about 1" square)
1 bag (18-20 oz) Beef Frozen Meatballs
4 cups Beef Broth
1 tbsp Korean Kimchi Paste
A splash of Light Soy Sauce (no more than a tablespoon)
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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