Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup


  • 1 teaspoonghee or fat of choice
  • 1 smallonion, diced
  • kosher salt
  • 2 poundsground pork (ground chicken thighs, beef, and turkey also work)
  • 6 largesfresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced (dried and reconstituted ’shrooms work, too)
  • 2 garlicscloves, minced
  • 6 cupsbone broth or stock
  • 1 headNapa cabbage (2 pounds), cut crosswise into 1-inch segments (bok choy or Savoy cabbage are good alternatives)
  • 2 largescarrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1 largerusset potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • black pepper
  • scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the ghee in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. When the fat is shimmering, toss in the diced onion with a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add the ground pork and break it up with a spatula.
  5. Stir in the sliced mushrooms and another sprinkle of salt.
  6. Cook the pork and mushrooms until the meat is no longer pink and the shiitakes are tender (about 5 to 7 minutes).
  7. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  8. Pour in the broth and crank up the heat to high.
  9. Bring everything to a boil.
  10. Then, stir in the cabbage, carrots and potato
  11. Bring the soup back to a boil.
  12. Lower the heat to medium or medium low
  13. maintain a simmer, and partially cover the soup with a lid, leaving a crack so it doesn’t boil over.
  14. Simmer the soup, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are easily pierced with a fork (about 15 minutes).
  15. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pressure Cooker Method

  • sauté the ingredients in the pressure cooker as directed above.
  • When you’re ready to simmer the soup, close and lock the lid
  • cook it under high pressure for 3-5 minutes.
  • Release the pressure manually when the soup is finished cooking.
  • Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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