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.

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.

Enjoy this cabbage soup with side dishes like homemade dinner rolls, honey cornbread, cauliflower mashed potatoes or roasted parsnips! This soup is also delicious on St. Patrick’s Day!

Cabbage Soup Ingredients

To make this cabbage soup you will need olive oil, an onion, carrots, celery, garlic, a red bell pepper, a green bell pepper, green cabbage, a can of diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, green beans, parsley, salt and black pepper.

Carrots, onions and celery in a soup pot.

How Do You Make Cabbage Soup?

To make this cabbage soup recipe first heat olive oil in a large pot on a stove. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot and cook about 5 minutes. Next, place minced garlic in the pot and let it cook for 30 seconds. Add the chopped red and green peppers and cabbage to the pot. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes and the chicken broth. Season everything with Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Bring the soup to a boil and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until everything is tender. Add the green beans and cook everything for another 5 minutes. Finally, serve the soup with a sprinkle of parsley.

Red and green peppers, diced tomatoes and raw veggies in a large pot.

Tips For The Perfect 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.
  • You can use fresh or frozen green beans in your cabbage soup, whichever you prefer.
  • I typically make this soup with chicken broth, but you can also make it with vegetable broth, seafood broth or beef broth.

Quick Tip

You can buy Italian seasoning or make your own Italian seasoning by making your own blend of herbs and spices.

Green beans in a pot of cooked veggies.

Recipe FAQs

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.

How do you make cabbage soup not gassy?

Cabbage contains fiber that may cause gas in some people. To minimize gas you want to cook your cabbage until it is tender. You can also make a soup with a little less cabbage and more other vegetables like carrots and tomatoes.

How long does cabbage soup stay good?

Cabbage soup leftovers stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days which makes it perfect for meal prep.

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

You can make this recipe in a crock pot. Simply, 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.

Flavor Variations

This cabbage 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, cauliflower, mushrooms, leeks and spinach.
  • Vegetarian: Make a vegetarian version of this soup by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
  • Beans: You can add canned white beans, cannellini beans or kidney beans to this soup.
  • Lower Calorie: 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.
  • Seasonings: Add extra flavor with a squeeze of lemon juice, some thyme, oregano or basil.
  • Spicy: Bring the heat with cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Thicker: Remove some of the cooked soup and puree it in a blender, then pour it back into the pot with the rest of the soup. Stir it together and enjoy!

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.

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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!
Time
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  1. Cut all the vegetables into similar sizes so that they cook at the same rate.
  2. I prefer to have my veggies in large chunks for a heartier soup.
  3. You can use fresh or frozen green beans, whichever you prefer.

Nutrition

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

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  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.