Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup is about as comforting and healthy as they come! All you need to do is simmer a bunch of sliced cabbage with mirepoix vegetables, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and herbs for an easy and delicious, low calorie meal.

Cabbage soup in a bowl on a table.

Because you all loved my lentil soup so much, I couldn’t wait to make this cabbage soup. It’s cozy, flavorful, and all sorts of healthy thanks to the nutritional powerhouse: cabbage! This vegetable shines bright with health benefits (which I’ll get to below) and is a great anti-inflammatory and low-carb veggie to include in your routine.

And while this soup is on the lighter side, there’s so many ways to make this the hearty, winter soup of your dreams. It’s truly one of the most adaptable soups! You can add in ground meat, plant-based proteins, extra veggies, different spices and the list goes on. Needless to say, this is a warming, soothing recipe you’ll want to keep up your sleeve during the cold winter months!

Ingredients for cabbage soup on a table.

What’s In This Cabbage Soup?

While cabbage takes center stage in this soup, the supporting ingredients add tons of flavor and texture. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Cabbage: Green cabbage is best for its tenderness and sweetness when cooked, especially in soups.
  • Mirepoix Vegetables: Chop up white onion, celery, and carrot for a nourishing veggie base.
  • Garlic: Two cloves are great, but if you’re like me and love garlic, feel free to add a little more!
  • Herbs: A combo of dried oregano, basil, and fresh parsley for herbal goodness.
  • Diced Tomatoes: I’m using regular diced tomatoes, but feel free to use fire roasted tomatoes for extra flavor.
  • Vegetable Broth: While this recipe uses 4 cups, you can add extra for a more brothy soup.
  • Olive Oil: Gives the sautéed vegetables life in this soup recipe.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Health Benefits Of Cabbage

Not only is this cruciferous vegetable easy on the wallet, but it’s chock-full of health benefits! The list is pretty extensive, but here’s a few notes that highlight why everyone raves about cabbage:

  • Jam-packed with nutrients: These leaves have a mighty dose of Vitamin C (which is a great immune booster), along with fiber, potassium, magnesium, and a variety of other nutrients.
  • Loaded with antioxidants: Aside from Vitamin C and manganese, cabbage really shines with phytonutrients, which are natural compounds that help prevent damage to your body’s cells.
  • An anti-inflammatory superstar: With it’s strong strong anti-inflammatory agents such as sulforaphane and glutamine, cabbage can reduce irritation, pain, fever, and other bodily disorders.
  • Great for digestion: Cabbage has 1 gram of fiber for every 10 calories. That helps fill you up, in a good way. It also keeps you regular, and it could help lower your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and control your blood sugar.
  • Helps with weight loss: Because cabbage is low in calories, the “cabbage soup diet” has been known to help shed a few pounds. But…you know I’m not a fan of detox diets and quick fixes. Your body still needs more nutrients from other foods. So just enjoy this soup for the vegetarian goodness that it offers.

Mixing ingredients in a pot for cabbage soup.

How To Make The Best Cabbage Soup

If 30-minute meals are your jam, you’ll be happy to know this is one of them! Just quickly chop some vegetables, let it all simmer, and you’re ready to serve.

  • Sauté the veggies: In a large pot, sauté the diced onions, carrot, and celery for about 5 minutes. Then stir in the garlic and spices.
  • Load up the cabbage: Let the cabbage sweat for 5 minutes, while stirring frequently. It should get nice and soft.
  • Add the rest: Pour in the vegetable broth, and diced tomatoes, and let it simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes until the veggies soften.
  • Add the final touches. Remove the pot from heat, stir in lemon juice, parsley, pepper, and serve!

A pot of cabbage soup with a ladle.

Flavorful Cabbage Soup Variations

The beauty of this soup is that it’s the perfect blank canvas. So if you want to make it extra flavorful or satiating, give these options a try!

  • Beef it up with meat. You can add shredded chicken, diced baked chicken breast, carnitas, pulled pork, beef chunks, ground turkey, and the list goes on!
  • Add in a vegan protein. For a vegetarian option, you can add in white beans, chickpeas, or lentils (just add a bit more broth for cooking).
  • Load it up with extra vegetables. Whatever veggies you love, toss it in! A few favorites I love to add are bell peppers, zucchini slices, or leafy greens such as kale.
  • Make it satiating with carbs. For an even heartier soup, add in chopped potato chunks or cooked rice.
  • Add some heat. A dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes will add just the right amount of heat.
  • Add more herbs. For a bigger herbal pop, add in fresh rosemary and thyme.
  • Thicken the base up. Stir in some tomato paste to make the tomato broth a bit thicker.

How To Store And Reheat The Soup

  • To store leftovers: Make sure to let your soup come to room temperature. Then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
  • Ways to freeze: Once the soup is moderately cooled, pour it into a freezer safe container or silicone freezing tray for pre-made servings. It will stay good for several months in the freezer.
  • How to reheat: To reheat a single serving, pour it into a bowl and microwave it for a few minutes until warmed through. And for a bigger batch, just pour it back into the pot and warm it up on the stovetop.

Cabbage soup in a bowl on a table.

More Easy Cabbage Recipes

The beauty of cabbage is that it can take on so many forms! From raw to cooked, here’s a few delicious ideas to add to your list.

And if you’re looking for more cozy winter soups, check out my selection of soup recipes!

Cabbage Soup Recipe Video

Want to see how I make this recipe? Watch the video below!

If you make this cabbage soup, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

BEST Cabbage Soup

5 from 31 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
This cabbage soup recipe is a cozy and healthy blend of cabbage, veggies, and herbs for an easy, low-carb meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cabbage, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 4-6 cups vegetable broth, depending how thick or brothy you'd like it
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, and add the diced onions, carrot, and celery. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and spices and stir for another minute.
  • Add the cabbage and let it sweat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    A pot cooking up cabbage soup.
  • Pour in the vegetable broth and diced tomatoes and let it simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened to your liking.
  • Remove the cabbage soup from the heat and add the lemon juice, parsley, and cracked black pepper. Give it another stir, then serve.
    Stirring ingredients in a large pot for cabbage soup.

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Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1409mg, Potassium: 511mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 3607IU, Vitamin C: 61mg, Calcium: 103mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Recipe, Cabbage Soup, Cabbage Soup Recipe
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91 comments on “Cabbage Soup”

  1. Can this soup be frozen and still have the same taste later.

  2. Another big hit! Last night I made you Best Chili recipe and today this one. Delicious! Thank you.

    Adria5 stars

  3. I made this a few nights ago when it was cold and rainy out. It was so quick and easy and came out great. I sub’d chicken broth since that is what I had on hand and added some chopped fresh green beans, too, since I wanted to use them up. It is the perfect cabbage/veggie soup; healthy, nourishing and comforting. Will definitely make it again. Thanks, Lisa!!5 stars

  4. Super easy and amazingly delicious! My husband loves it. I’ll be making this soup again as I still have half a head of cabbage left over and we can’t get enough of the soup. This recipe is definitely a keeper.  Thank you! 5 stars

  5. Such a simple and delicious recipe. Lisa does it again!5 stars

  6. AMAZING! One of our new favorite soup recipes. I added Italian sausage and lean ground Turkey. So good!!!!5 stars

  7. I cannot wait to try this soup. I love cabbage soup and I have tried a lot so I will try this one and let you know how it turned out. I’m also going to be putting corned beef in it. Just because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day.

  8. I made this to have during a Colorado blizzard and it was so warming and filling and flavorful! It was super easy to make. I used chicken stock and it was great. Will definitely make this again! Thank you for a great recipe 😊
    P.S. – hope your kitty is all better!5 stars

    • The perfect way to cozy up on a chilly night! Also, thanks for your kind words Shannon. Unfortunately, we had to put her down.

  9. Outstanding! Loved how easy and quick this was to prepare, too!

    Thank you for another huge hit! 5 stars

  10. This was delicious… and if you make your own stock wick is very easy, you can control the sodium.  5 stars

  11. Five star status again Lisa!!! Made this tonight for dinner. It’s a hit. I used fiery diced tomatoes. My husband and friends like it on the zesty side. Delish!!!!!5 stars

  12. This soup is so delicious! I also added mild Italian sausage. Doubled this recipe to share with friends.5 stars

  13. Made this for dinner last night, it is delicious! I’ve never had cabbage soup before, but we’ve loved every recipe thus far, so decided to give it a try, it did not disappoint. Thank you!5 stars

  14. Hi Lisa, Thx for the idea, I have tried to make this soup, but for me the cabbage stayed soo hard🤷‍♀️ In 10 mins… I have left for 1 hr, still so hard. It is not better with keel? The taste is great but the texture could be better, what did I do wrong? Thx for your opinion🙏

    • Unfortunately, I’m not sure as I’ve never had any issues with the cabbage not softening. Did you watch the video to see if you could pinpoint where you may have gone wrong?

  15. Hi, can you confirm the sodium content per serving? 1049mg seems high, thanks!

  16. Love cabbage so I figured this soup would be perfect! It’s hearty and so yuummmmy, thank you Lisa for the recipe, definitely gonna be on rotation!5 stars

  17. Making this today for lunch !!!! Looks great! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  18. So yummy! Thank you for taking the time time to share.5 stars

  19. Great receipe. But needs more kick.

    • You can always use this as a base recipe and add more spices, veggies, etc… I have a few options listed in the post :)

  20. I would love to add lentils to this! I have green ones… how would you suggest altering the cook time and amount of liquid? Thank you, love all of your recipes!

    • Hi Kristi – I would follow my lentil soup recipe, and then add in the rest of the veggies towards the end and let it simmer until all cooked.

  21. The best cabbage soup I every made yummy.5 stars

  22. I love cabbage, and for cabbage lover this soup is new taste of what you make at home! I highly recommend, this recepie so delicious! I already tried it, thank you so much for sharing this with us! Best regards from Kazakhstan))5 stars

  23. Delicious! Made this soup over the weekend and loved it. Such an easy recipe too! 5 stars

  24. Hi!!!
    Could I freeze this soup???
    As Im just me eating cabbages and i really want to try this 😁
    Thanks

    Stay safe and cheers

    Eileen

  25. Cabbage is really, really healthy and I’m always looking for more ways to incorporate it into our meal rotations. So, I was really happy to find this recipe on Downshiftology. It was so simple to make and just packed with nutrients. Our house smells amazing and all three kids gobbled up the soup and asked for seconds (miracle!).5 stars

    • Cabbage is such a great ingredient to incorporate into your meals! Glad you found another way to do so with this recipe :)

  26. I make a similar soup and stir in some fat free refried beans as a thickener and boost of protein.

  27. Thanks Lisa! Like always a very good recipe! 😊🥰5 stars

  28. Just finished making this and its the BEST cabbage soup recipe I have ever made by far ! Thank you so much for sharing Lisa  ! 5 stars

  29. Yum! This looks like a delicious veggie soup.5 stars

  30. This soup looks delicious, and simple to make too! Am going to make it soon, thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  31. I love cabbage soup and can eat it everyday, this sounds so easy and flavorful!5 stars

  32. Oh my, we just love this soup. The cabbage soup is hearty and so easy to make. We will make this often.5 stars

  33. Warmed up with a bowl of this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint! So hearty and flavorful; easily, a new favorite recipe!5 stars

  34. Its make me crave for one. I am gonna try it soon.5 stars

  35. It does look like the best cabbage soup! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much for this great idea!5 stars

  36. Hi Lisa. In the recipe you use vegetable broth, is it homemade or from a cube
    Thank you Maddy uk

  37. This was so simple and delicious!  I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables in my daily diet and this is a perfect addition.  5 stars

  38. We are making this now and it smells fantastic!!

  39. Absolutely delicious!
    Such great flavor5 stars

  40. Thanks Lisa! This is a wonderful low cal recipe! I’m always on the lookout for different soup recipes and this definitely sounds and looks amazing!

  41. Can I use red cabbage for the cabbage soup?

  42. Now just add two small grated beets and you’ve got borscht!

  43. Hi liza,I made most of your recipes soo amazing,the beetroot hummus and flaxseed crackers very tasty,also lentil soup very calming,I will try the cabbage soup.cheers!5 stars

  44. Hi Lisa: Really looking forward to making this recipe as cabbage is a staple in my low carbohydrate (candida healing) diet these days. Thank you.
    One thing I’ve noticed that might be helpful, and I hope I just haven’t missed something here, is that when you send out an email with an invitation to see your newly created recipe,
    it would be wonderful to have a link in that email that would take one right to the recipe.
    Thanks for all your creativity and sharing.
    Susan

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