This healthy cabbage soup is a mix of carrots, celery, bell peppers, cabbage and green beans, all simmered together in a savory broth. A quick and easy low calorie meal that’s full of flavor!

When I’m looking to lighten things up a bit, I turn to veggie loaded soups like chicken and vegetable soup, Olive Garden minestrone soup and this simple yet satisfying cabbage soup.

Cabbage Soup Recipe | Vegetable Soup | Veggie Soup | Healthy Soup #soup #healthy #cleaneating #cabbage #vegetables #veggies #dinner #dinneratthezoo Cabbage Soup Recipe | Vegetable Soup | Veggie Soup | Healthy Soup #soup #healthy #cleaneating #cabbage #vegetables #veggies #dinner #dinneratthezoo

A pot of cabbage soup with carrots, celery, bell peppers and green beans.

There’s nothing better than a hearty soup loaded with veggies, and this cabbage soup is always a great bet. It’s low in calories yet packed with nutrition and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Cabbage soup is the perfect light lunch or dinner for when you’re trying to follow a healthy diet.

How do you make cabbage soup?

This soup starts with carrots, onion, celery and garlic which are sauteed in a little olive oil. I really think the olive oil adds richness to the soup and is worth the calories. That being said, if you’re looking to make this soup as low calorie as possible, you can skip the olive oil and simply simmer everything in the broth.

A blend of red and green bell peppers, cabbage, tomatoes and green beans go into the pot and everything simmers until tender. Add a sprinkle of parsley and you’ll be ready to eat.

Carrots, onions and celery in a soup pot.

Tips for cabbage soup

  • Cut all the vegetables into similar sizes so that they cook at the same rate. I prefer to have my veggies in large chunks for a heartier soup.
  • I typically make this soup with chicken broth, but you can also make it with vegetable broth or beef broth.
  • This soup keeps in the refrigerator for up to 4 days which makes it perfect for meal prep.

Red and green peppers, diced tomatoes and cabbage in a soup pot.

Cabbage soup variations

This soup is designed to be a low calorie meal, but you can add other ingredients if you’re looking to add more flavors.

  • Protein: Try this soup with shredded chicken, ground turkey or extra lean ground beef.
  • Starches: Add some potatoes or brown rice to the soup.
  • Vegetables: You can use your favorite veggies for this soup, some great options include zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, leeks and spinach.

Green beans in a pot of cabbage soup.

Is cabbage soup good for weight loss?

Cabbage soup is a great way to get in your veggies and also happens to be very low calorie, which makes it a good option for a diet plan. Any broth based vegetable soup would be a nice choice if you’re trying to eat healthier and shed some pounds. Steer clear of soups that contain higher calorie ingredients such as butter, cream, pasta, bacon and cheese.

A bowl of cabbage soup with carrots, celery and tomatoes in broth.

Slow cooker cabbage soup

This recipe can easily be adapted for use in the crock pot. Place all the ingredients except the parsley in a slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours or high for 1-2 hours. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

I eat this soup all the time, it’s the absolute best way to get a hefty dose of veggies into your day and it also happens to taste great! Make a batch today and enjoy it all week long for a healthy boost.

More great soup recipes

Cabbage Soup Video

4.94 from 15 votes

Cabbage Soup

AuthorSara Welch
A pot of cabbage soup with carrots, celery, bell peppers and green beans.
This healthy cabbage soup is a mix of carrots, celery, bell peppers, cabbage and green beans, all simmered together in a savory broth. A quick and easy low calorie meal that's full of flavor!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Serves 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup carrots peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces, seeds and core removed
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces, seeds and core removed
  • 3 cups cabbage coarsely chopped
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup green beans cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic to the pot and cook for 30 seconds. Add the red and green peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chicken broth to the pot.
  • Bring to a simmer; cook for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add the green beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4620IU | Vitamin C: 83.9mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Hello! I’m Sara!

Learn more about Sara

Related Posts

Free Bonus

5 Secrets to Meal Planning + Free Toolkit!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Such an amazing and healthy soap! I love to prepare this soup for my kids, and I am sure that would be favorite. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I love cabbage soup (and all vegetable soups really). This recipe sounds really good. My grandma would use beef broth and she would sometimes add potatoes and field peas. Back then, she just used whatever she had on hand or what came from the garden.

  3. 4 stars
    Cabbage soup wouldn’t be our first choice (bad childhood experience) in vegetable soup options however this looks tasty!

  4. I used to hate cabbage in soup. My granny made terrible soup with it. It literally took me ages to realize it is good. The recipe which broke the ice was very similar to your: no parsley but basil and dill and no tomatoes whatsoever.

  5. This looks amazing! I actually love cabbage. I know it isn’t a super popular vegetable but it’s always been one of my favorites. I’m going to have to try this.

  6. I love finding a new soup recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

  7. My Mama actually loves eating cabbage and she told me all about the benefits of this vegetable in our body. That looks really delicious and healthy.

  8. 5 stars
    Such a colorful dish and full of flavor! To say my family loved this, would be an understatement!

  9. I used to make something very similar. You just reminded me that I haven’t made it in a while. I need to try this version too!

  10. Before reading this, I only associated cabbage soup with being on diet! Clearly, it’s a delicious soup, and I’d like to try it for myself especially with all these veggies.

  11. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It’s very similar to a recipe I already use quite often. I can’t wait to try this variety.