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This cabbage soup recipe is easy with big, bold flavor! Cozy up to a bowl of this veggie-packed healthy soup.

Cabbage soup

Looking for a flavor-packed healthy soup? Try this easy Cabbage Soup recipe! Confession: we adore cabbage. It’s really not the sexiest of vegetables, is it? (Brussels sprouts and cauliflower have a much better image!) But though it’s humble, cabbage makes incredibly satisfying dishes dressed up as sauteed cabbage or coleslaw. Here it makes a hearty, satisfying soup, packed with veggies that swim in a savory-spiced broth of fire roasted tomatoes. Ready to cozy up to a bowl?

Ingredients in cabbage soup

This cabbage soup recipe is hearty and healthy, featuring white beans, loads of veggies, and a super flavorful broth. It’s a great way to use up green cabbage, and makes a warm bowl for cozying up to during soup season. While we’re 100% passionate about cabbage soup, we don’t recommend it as part of the cabbage soup diet: a fat diet that encourages unsustainable weight loss. Eat this cabbage soup simply because it’s delicious and nutrient-packed! Here’s what you’ll need for this cabbage soup recipe:

  • Butter or olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Green cabbage
  • Canned white beans
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Vegetable broth
  • Sugar
  • Salt
Cabbage soup recipe

Use fire roasted tomatoes if possible

The best way to pack flavor into the broth of this cabbage soup recipe? Fire roasted tomatoes make the best flavor. This type of tomato is roasted over an open flame before canning, which makes a sweet and smoky flavor right out of the can.

Can’t find fire roasted tomatoes? Substitute the best quality crushed tomatoes you can find. If you’d like, you can mimic the flavor by adding an extra 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika to the broth.

Cabbage soup

How to cut cabbage

The one part of this cabbage soup recipe that requires a little technique? Shredding the cabbage! A large head of cabbage can be tricky to cut into thin shreds. But we’ve got a trick that makes quick work of it. Here’s how to cut cabbage:

  1. Slice off the root: Remove any outer layers of the cabbage that seem tough or are not fresh, and discard them. With a large chef’s knife, slice off the root of the cabbage.
  2. Quarter it: Slice the cabbage in half through the stem. Then cut it into quarters.
  3. Slice out the root: Remove the root by cutting it out with two diagonal slices.
  4. Slice crosswise: Thinly slice the cabbage in the short direction, using a circular motion with the knife.

What to serve with cabbage soup

This cabbage soup recipe is a hearty soup that can work as a meal in itself. However, you’ll probably want to pair it with a salad or sandwich for a filling meal. Here are some ideas for what to serve with cabbage soup:

Cabbage soup recipe

More cabbage recipes

Got a big head of green cabbage and not sure what to do with it? Cabbage is a healthy cruciferous vegetable that’s very versatile for using in the kitchen. Here are a few cabbage recipes to try:

This cabbage soup recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Cabbage soup

Easy Cabbage Soup

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This cabbage soup recipe is easy with big, bold flavor! Cozy up to a bowl of this veggie-packed healthy soup.


  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 2 medium carrots, small diced
  • 2 celery ribs, small diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons each garlic powder and dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried thyme
  • 1/2 medium green cabbage, shredded (6 to 7 cups)
  • 15-ounce can white beans 
  • 28-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes* (or best quality crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Chopped Italian parsley, for garnish


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the butter or olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until the celery is tender and the vegetables have released their juices.
  2. Add the garlic, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Add the cabbage, white beans, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, salt, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and simmer 10 to 15 minutes until the cabbage is tender. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.


*Can’t find fire roasted tomatoes? Substitute the best quality crushed tomatoes you can find. If you’d like, add an extra 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika to the broth.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Cabbage soup, cabbage soup recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Followed the recipe exactly – but my soup appeared much paler than the photograph. Added 15 oz canned tomato sauce, simmered, and topped each bowl with shaved Parmesean cheese – beautiful and delicious!

  2. I like that you included nutritional info on your Tuscan Kale soup. You should do that for all your recipes.

  3. You indicate that you should serve this soup immediately. Can it be made ahead of time (1-2 days) and reheated?