Southern fried cabbage is a classic comfort food side, and it's just as delicious as the base for this moreish soup. Bacon, cabbage, and a touch of sugar unite in the recipe below, for a soup that's rich in flavor and in vitamins.
Braised cabbage can often give off a rather strong smell, but this soup avoids that entirely. Not only is the cabbage quickly fried instead of slowly braised, but the broth is heated separately, keeping you from cooking cabbage at a boil. The sulfurous flavor and smell of the cabbage are mellowed when it's fried, so the result is a slightly sweet cabbage that's buttery and delicious.