(1/2 - 2 hours [this brings a smokey flavor to the broth]), and then add the liquid from the cans of stewed tomatoes. chop the tomatoes and add them also. Drain the vegetables, and add. add the V-8 and let it come back up to a simmer. while waiting for the pot to simmer, chop the cabbage into small ( 1 inch ) pieces. also, you may add Tabasco, Trappeys, etc hot sauce, in several drop quanitites, or use the "HOT" version of V-8. when simmering, add the Cabbage, and allow to simmer until the cabbage goes very limp. about 1/2 hour.
Total hands on time, 15 minutes Total cooking time, 1 hour 15 minutes to 3 hours. Serve with Fresh baked Rye, Pumpernickle, French, or whole wheat bread. serves 10, or 4 if they are ravenous. Like I said, not sure if it is weird, but It is great, and easy, and cheap! My mother in law prefers this to just about everything else I make...