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

4.99 from 74 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!


  • 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


  • 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.

Lisa's Tips


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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202 comments on “Cabbage Soup”

  1. Can I blend this cabbage soup?

  2. The best! Made multiple times – some with macaroni pasta or with chicken. Winner recipe!

  3. This soup is absolutely delicious, for something that is so simple to make and is just veggies and seasoning, I would give this  5 star+ yum!5 stars

  4. Love this recipe for cabbage soup

  5. 💖 Just right!!!

  6. I’m going to make this this weekend Fter going to store. Looks yummy5 stars

  7. Loved it!  Used Napa cabbage, jalapeño and cilantro! Will make it again and again!  Large comfy bowl of deliciousness!  

  8. Love this soup!  I was looking for a variation of just my basic veggie soup recipe and viola!  I used reduced sodium chicken bone broth and didn’t miss the miss the salt at all.  I didn’t have the fresh herbs so I used a dried Italian seasoning blend and “Italian style” diced tomatoes.   I  doubled the recipe so I will have lots of fun adding the protein ingredients you suggested.  Thank you! 

    PS…is the nutritional info posted per serving (based on 4 Servings)  or is that the total for the whole pot?  I’m putting it in my food diary.  Thanks again! 5 stars

    • Glad you loved this cabbage soup Maureen! The nutritional information for all recipes will be per serving.

  9. Re “Best Cabbage Soup” Recipe. The recipe makes 4 servings. What is the size of each serving, a cup, a half-cup, 2 cups…
    PS The soup is really good!

  10. I think this is a great soup! I just added more herbs than required by the recipe! Excellent 5 stars

  11. I love cabbage any way it’s prepared. I love this soup and I will make it again and again. Thank you for sharing. 

  12. I went on a cooking spree yesterday and made two of your recipes. This one was SO GOOD! And so was the fritatta, but I’ll review that one separately.  (Giving it 5 stars as well!)
     I’m having the soup leftovers for lunch today and it’s even better the second day. I didn’t change a thing in the recipe except to use a can of  tomatoes with the basil, garlic and oregano seasoning already in it, simply because that’s all I had on hand.  Will definitely make this again and again, and I keep thinking it will be good with little meatballs, too.  But it’s perfect on its own. Thank you so much for all of these great recipes, Lisa!5 stars

    • I was looking for a way to use up cabbage in the fridge and I’m glad I stumbled upon this recipe. We prefer meaty soups so I added 1lb spicy italian sausage. Very tasty :)5 stars

  13. Your soup sounds delicious, I can’t have tomatoes do think I could sub beets. I make a no tomato sauce
    with beets that I use for a sauce on pizza?

  14. Cabbage soup is hearty and taste magnificent. Followed directions, only added extra dried parsley, large bunch of spinach and 1 bay leaf. I used to do keto but found recently a need to add fiber in my diet. My body or gut will not tolerate artificial sweetners, so I’ve opted for a high nutrition and fiber diet. Your recipes fit this requirement. Thanks❣5 stars

  15. We loved the cabbage soup. I was wondering if you could add rotisserie chicken to it . Would it still help you lose weight?

  16. Made Chili for the first time ever ! This recipe is so easy and delicious . Thank you . A keeper for sure . I used the smoked paprika and added crushed tortilla chips on top along with  the avocado , green onions , grated cheese and a little sour cream . Your video and recipes are all so clear and easy to follow. Can’t wait for your cookbook to come out .5 stars

  17. Delicious and very easy, quick dish.5 stars

  18. Hi, I am going to make your cabbage soup, I read a comment from a different recipe that said to add allspice to counter the gas that may develop, should I put some in this recipe?   This is my first attempt at making soup, and I don’t know what spices work together.  Thank you for your guidance.

  19. Honestly, the best soup i have ever tasted !!5 stars

  20. When u say one onion,  would that work out to be half cup, whole cup?  Onions vary

  21. Just made this — wonderful taste! I added coriander, pepper flakes and I used plain water. Still great! Thank you for a terrific soup . . .5 stars

  22. I think you omitted the cabbage from the recipe. How much do you use ?

  23. Love this recipe. So easy! Today is my 2nd time making it this month, perfect for a frigid day in Michigan!5 stars

  24. When I first thought of cabbage soup, I thought healthy but blah. This soup is anything but blah! The added veggies and spices make this soup one of my favs for a cold evening. I added some black beans for a little extra protein and even my grandchildren enjoyed it!5 stars

    • Happy to hear the whole family enjoyed this cabbage soup! It is simple, but you can also add your favorite veggies or proteins into this to beef it up :)

  25. Thank you for sharing  the recipe. I took your suggestions adding  two medium diced potatoes and a pound of dry green lentils to add protein to the recipe. I used no-salt added crushed tomatoes (28 oz) and a combination of low sodium broth and water as I watch the sodium content. I always up the fresh garlic, added 1/2 tsp ground cumin, and two bay leaves to flavor the added lentils. Excellent recipe. Thank you. 5 stars

  26. Made this soup last night for supper. Absolutely delicious and so easy. Since my husband would have been looking for meat I made up some meatballs and dropped them in to cook in the broth together. So good! 5 stars

  27. Made the Cabbage Soup. It was delicious!!!  And gone before I was done wanting some more!!!  Thank you!!!5 stars

  28. Hi Lisa: I’ll be making this soon, I know it’ll be excellent. I can’t have tomatoes but will add 1 Tbsp tomato paste (a can of tomatoes will be too much).

  29. This recipe is so good and simple to make. It makes a lot so I had several meals for my family. 5 stars

  30. Mmmm- delicious! One tbsp of lemon juice was enough to give it a nice tang for me! Question: If I want to add potatoes next time I make this when would be the best time do do so?

  31. How long can this be stored for in the fridge ?

  32. can you use dry parsley please ?

  33. Great soup for a snowy day here! Cooked as part of the January Whole30 meal plan. I love your recipes!5 stars

  34. Like the recipe but can not find the ingredients to print without printing all the pages.
    There must be a trick

    • If you scroll down to the recipe card towards the bottom, there is a print button where it will only print out the ingredients + instructions :)

  35. Hi, I love cabbage soup and start with bacon, I never used diced tomatoes before I saw your recipe, but it gives a different tang. something is missing so I am thing miso?

  36. cabbage soup is wonderful but I will put more garlic next time and add salt. I’m not sure where the sodium content gets to 1400 mgs, but that is my daily total!! I use all low salt or no salt canned goods. One question I have is, “how much is one head of cabbage?”
    This is a great base for adding a lot of other things you might have lying around your fridge too.

    • I would think the sodium is from the salt, broth and canned tomatoes. We are on a low sodium diet also and salt has so much sodium even a small amount and so does the broth. Hope this helps.

    • Gordon look for no salt added tomatoes. I buy them at Kroger. 
      Also opt for low sodium broth. 

  37. If you switch out the herbs (keeping the cayenne) and replace with dill, bay leaves and star anise, this soup becomes a Mennonite favourite, Komst (cabbage) borscht. We also add in sauteed stewing beef.5 stars

  38. Tank you so much for your great recipe. I tried it and it turned sooo yummy. What I like about your cooking other than been great ever recipe has its nutritional value. Thanks a millionBe blessed5 stars

  39. Fast, easy, and nutritious! I increased ingredients by a bit to utilize two cartons of broth. Also added 3/4c uncooked rice, 3T of tomato paste (because I had some in the fridge, plus 1/2 pint of chopped cherry tomatoes (also in the fridge). Loved the nice fresh kick of lemon and garden fresh parsley, too! 

  40. This soup is fantastic!  Full of flavor.  The only change I made, I added lean ground turkey. Thank you Lisa!5 stars

  41. I finally made one of your recipes and the Cabbage Soup was delicious! I added ground turkey and also amped up the seasonings. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.5 stars

  42. I made this soup on the weekend. Was simple to make and delicious. I actually added a dollop of plain Greek Yogurt on top of my serving for a little added protein. – Can you freeze this soup?5 stars

  43. Make this with a few tweaks and it was fantastic.  Thank you for the recipe.

  44. Added cooked barley. Delicious. Thank you.

  45. Simple and delicious soup. I added lentils, per one of your suggestions.  The parsley and lemon at the end really brighten the flavor.  5 stars

  46. Wow! I made this tonight and my 2 and 4 year old kids actually ate it and liked it. It’s so hard getting them to eat veggies especially something like cabbage. I loved it and it was so easy and inexpensive to make. 5 stars

  47. It is the best I tasted. I did some changes for the second batch. I made it in my instapot, I also added extra firm tofu, mushrooms and cauliflower. The soup is even better the next day.5 stars

    • Love all those extra additions! Glad you enjoyed this recipe.

    • I’m happy to see you’re a Pot Head! I use my Instant Outer constantly and seldom use the thing with burners which has now become a dust collector!! I like your additions; they sound really tasty. I like bulk in my soups, especially “diet” ones!!😂4 stars

  48. This was my first try at cabbage soup! The smell lingered in my kitchen a few hours, it was lovely. I loved how easy it was to make and will surely be making it more than once. Looking foward to trying more recipes from you. You have a new follower on Pinterest!5 stars

  49. I have made this soup twice and is so so delicious and so healthy. Having rheumatoid arthritis, I look for recipies with clean wholesome ingredients. I have used many websites for cooking and so far yours is the one with the most clean wholesome ingredients. That is why I keep using your site. thank you for sharing.5 stars

  50. This soup was awesome! I loved it and can’t wait to make it again. Next time I’m going to double the recipe.5 stars