Cabbage Soup Recipe (Not Just For Weight Loss) - Elavegan (2024)

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This healthy cabbage soup with tomatoes and lentils is super simple, low-budget, and loaded with full-bodied flavor and nourishing ingredients, including plenty of plant-based protein, antioxidants, and detoxifying benefits!

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Simple and Nourishing Tomato Cabbage Soup with Lentils

In some parts of the world, cabbage has a poor reputation, fueled by childhood memories of stinky, soggy boiled cabbage and the mildly traumatizing cabbage ‘water’ soup in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For those people, it’s time to try this easy cabbage soup recipe to chase away those bad memories – and all in a dish that requires just one pot and minimal effort – perfect for busy (and lazy) weeknights.

I’ll admit, I’ve always loved cabbage. With delectable options like flavorfulcabbage rolls, crunchy slaw, caramelized cabbage steaks, simple stir-fries, and tangy sauerkraut (a personal favorite), I’ve never felt at a loss for ideas to use this humble ingredient. This vegetable cabbage soup, though, is a new favorite.

With a combination of simple yet nutritional veggies alongside canned chopped tomatoes, protein-rich lentils, and several pantry staple seasonings, this low-fat cabbage stew is incredibly simple but has a full-bodied tomato broth that will have you reaching for seconds (maybe even thirds).

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What I think About the Cabbage Soup Diet

This vegan cabbage soup recipe is incredibly good for you! Cabbage alone is already an excellent source of several nutrients like vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium, folic acid, gut-friendly fiber, and detoxifying properties. Combine that with several nutritious, non-starchy vegetables (like celery and carrots). The result is a low-calorie, low-fat, high-nutrient bowl of pure comfort.

It’s no wonder they dedicated a whole diet to eating JUST this for an entire week – aka the cabbage soup diet. Honestly, I’m not a fan of repetitive diets (no matter how healthy the dish is, I think you need diversity). Not to mention, eating the same meal can get boring pretty quickly. At least this cabbage soup diet recipe tastes super delicious, though.

That said, this cozy, satisfying cabbage detox soup is packed with good-for-you ingredients and perfect for enjoying all cold/flu season or anytime you want a hearty soup to warm you up from the inside. I’d be comfortable suggesting using it for a max. 2-day quick cabbage soup diet detox or as a weight loss cabbage soup alongside other healthy foods.

If you’re looking for more simple, delicious, and nutritious vegan soup recipes, you may enjoy my creamy carrot ginger soup, roasted cauliflower soup, or my favorite vegan lentil soup!

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The Ingredients

  • Olive oil: Or another neutral-tasting cooking oil, like avocado oil.
  • Mirepoix: The base of this cabbage stew is the classic ‘holy trinity’ of carrot, onion, and celery.
  • Garlic: Adjust the amount to taste.
  • Broccoli: Use fresh or frozen broccoli to add extra texture and nutrients.
  • Seasonings: dried thyme (and/or oregano), ground cumin, smoked paprika, and salt & black pepper. Also, red pepper flakes added to taste.
  • Bay leaves: For a more full-bodied broth flavor.
  • Tomatoes: Use canned chopped tomatoes with basil or fire-roasted tomatoes alongside concentrated tomato paste for flavor depth. During summer, you could use fresh diced tomatoes (sautéed for a few minutes).
  • Vegetable broth: I recommend using low-sodium vegetable broth to better control sodium levels.
  • Lentils: I recommend brown or green lentils (dried). Yellow/red lentils also work and doesn’t need to be soaked.
  • Cabbage: I recommend using regular green or white cabbage for this vegan cabbage soup, though other varieties, like Napa or red cabbage, etc., should work.
  • Lime: Adds brightness and subtle yet remarkable depth. Lemon would work, too, or apple cider vinegar.
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley to garnish.

Optional Additions:

  • Turmeric: Add a generous pinch of ground turmeric for even more healing power.
  • Potato: You could use Yukon Gold potatoes, red potatoes, or sweet potatoes.
  • Green beans: Fresh or frozen are best, though canned work in a pinch.
  • Vegan Parmesan: Or nutritional yeast for a subtle cheesy, nutty, umami flavor.
  • Spinach/kale: Add in the last few minutes, just enough to wilt.
  • Vegan meat: This easy cabbage stew would work wonderfully with some vegan meatballs, cubed tofu, or a meat-alternative shredded ‘chicken.’
  • Grains: For a heartier meal, add cooked rice or quinoa to the tomato cabbage soup.

For thefull ingredients list, measurements, complete recipe method, and nutritional information, read the recipe card below.

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How to Make Cabbage Soup?

  • First, dice the onion and celery, finely dice the carrots, chop the broccoli into small florets, mince the garlic, and shred the cabbage into ¼-inch (0.6 cm) shreds.
  • Then, heat the oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, celery, carrots, and broccoli. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix in the garlic and seasonings, and cook for a further minute.
  • Then, add the bay leaves, tomato products, vegetable broth, and lentils. Stir to combine, cover the pot and bring it to a boil.

For this recipe, I used dried brown lentils, which I left soaking in lukewarm water while chopping the vegetables. Red/yellow lentils don’t require soaking and require 5 minutes less cooking time.

  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Add the cabbage (in batches, as it requires time to wilt), then cover and cook it for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’s ready when all the vegetables and lentils are tender.
  • Finally, stir in the lime juice and give it a final taste, adjusting the seasonings if preferred. Then, enjoy a bowl of this healthy cabbage soup immediately while warm!

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Make Ahead and Store

Make ahead: Prep the vegetables a day or two in advance and store them in airtight containers in the fridge (in order of how they’re added to the soup pot). This soup tastes even better the next day, so you could also prepare the entire thing in advance.

Fridge: Allow the cabbage detox soup to cool and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezer: You can freeze leftover cooled soup portioned for up to 3 months into Ziplock bags (flattened with air removed), a silicone muffin mold, or individual airtight, freezer-safe containers (with an inch of headspace).

Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating. Alternatively, place the bag of soup in a bowl of cold water until it releases from the sides. You can then add it to a pan and reheat it from its semi-frozen state.

Reheat: Reheat the cabbage stew on the stovetop or in a microwave until warm. Optionally, garnish with more parsley and/or lime juice, and enjoy!

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Serving Recommendations

With the addition of fiber and protein-rich lentils, this is already more than worthy of being enjoyed as a low-calorie meal (especially as a cabbage soup for weight loss). However, if you want to make more of a meal, enjoy a bowl alongside:

  • Bread: A slice or two from acrusty loaf, lentil protein bread, flax bread, OR flatbread like naan orpotato flatbread is perfect for dipping.
  • Crackers: Like these keto crackers, for a little crunch.
  • Sandwich: I love a vegan grilled cheese, but other sandwiches pair well, too.
  • Salad: A simple leafy green salad orcucumber saladwould work.

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FAQs

Can you use frozen vegetables?

You can use fresh or frozen vegetables when making vegetable soups.

What other vegetables can I add to this cabbage stew?

Plenty! This really is a ‘clear out the fridge’ recipe. Think cauliflower, zucchini, peas, corn, bell peppers, and even mushrooms.

Can I make crockpot cabbage soup?

Follow the first three recipe steps, then transfer everything to a slow cooker (minus the lime juice and parsley) and cook over HIGH for 4-5 hours or LOW for 8-9 hours until the vegetables and lentils are tender.

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Recipe Notes, Tips, and FAQs

  • To save time, purchase pre-chopped bags of vegetables (like a mirepoix mix) or use a mandoline to speed up the chopping process. I don’t recommend using coleslaw mix, as the ingredients are sliced too thin.
  • To make it oil-free: Use broth to sauté the veggies instead.
  • Adjust the consistency: Adjust the amount of broth you use based on how chunky or brothy you prefer.

More Vegan Soup Recipes

  • Vegan pumpkin soup
  • Easy vegan tortilla soup
  • Mexican pinto bean soup
  • Vegan potato soup
  • Tomato pasta soup
  • Vegan broccoli cheese soup
  • Thai coconut curry soup

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Cabbage Soup

Author: Michaela Vais

This healthy cabbage soup with tomatoes and lentils is super simple, low-budget, and loaded with full-bodied flavor and nourishing ingredients, including plenty of plant-based protein, antioxidants, and detoxifying benefits!

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Course Dinner, lunch, Soup

Cuisine American, German

Servings 6

Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 ribs of (100 g) celery diced
  • 2 medium (180 g) carrots finely diced
  • 1 ¼ cups of (90 g) broccoli cut into small florets
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt or less/more to taste
  • Black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 2 (15-oz) cans chopped tomatoes with basil (or fire-roasted tomatoes)
  • 2-3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 5 cups (1200 ml) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup (150 g) dried lentils rinsed (see notes)
  • ½ large green or (600 g) white cabbage shredded
  • 1 lime (or half a lemon)
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.

    First, dice the onion and celery, finely dice the carrots, chop the broccoli into small florets, mince the garlic, and shred the cabbage into ¼-inch (0.6 cm) shreds.

  • Heat the oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, celery, carrots, and broccoli. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Mix in garlic, thyme, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, and cook for a further minute.

  • Next, add the bay leaves, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable broth, and lentils. Stir to combine, then cover the pot, and bring the soup to a boil.

  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Add the cabbage (in batches, as it requires time to wilt), then cover and cook it for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The soup is ready when all the vegetables and lentils are tender.

  • Finally, stir in the lime juice and give it a final taste, adjusting the seasonings if preferred. Then, enjoy a bowl of this healthy cabbage soup immediately while warm!

Notes

  • Lentils: For this recipe, I used dried brown lentils, which I left soaking in lukewarm water while chopping the vegetables. Red/yellow lentils don’t require soaking and require 5 minutes less cooking time.
  • Store: Allow the soup to cool and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Cabbage Soup

Amount per Serving

Calories

209

% Daily Value*

Fat

3

g

5

%

Sodium

541

mg

23

%

Potassium

652

mg

19

%

Carbohydrates

29

g

10

%

Fiber

8

g

32

%

Sugar

12

g

13

%

Protein

11

g

22

%

Vitamin A

290

IU

6

%

Vitamin C

59

mg

72

%

Calcium

88

mg

9

%

Iron

2.7

mg

15

%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically

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FAQs

How many times a day do you eat cabbage soup to lose weight? ›

Most variations of this diet suggest that people eat this soup two to three times a day, although some variations enable the participants to consume even more of the soup. The cabbage soup used in this diet combines ingredients like broth, nonstarchy vegetables, pepper, herbs and, of course, cabbage.

What else can you eat on the cabbage soup diet? ›

What You Can Eat
  • Day 1: Fruit, except bananas.
  • Day 2: Vegetables like leafy greens (not starchy), but no fruit.
  • Day 3: Fruits and vegetables.
  • Day 4: Bananas and skim milk.
  • Day 5: Beef (or baked chicken without the skin) and tomatoes.
  • Day 6: Beef and vegetables.
  • Day 7: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables.
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Does the 7 day cabbage soup diet work? ›

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the cabbage soup diet is safe or effective for weight loss. No health authorities recommend following the diet. Proponents of the cabbage soup diet also encourage people not to exercise while following it.

Does cabbage soup cleanse you out? ›

Cabbage has diuretic properties that helps get rid your body of excess liquid and toxins. It helps cleanse your liver and colon. Which is why cabbage forms the base for this detox cabbage soup. You can add veggies or proteins of your choice such as egg, ground chicken, lamb!

How to lose 10 pounds in a week? ›

To lose 10 pounds in one week, you'll need to burn between 3,500 and 5,000 calories more than you consume each day by restricting your diet to small portions of nutritious yet low-calorie foods, and significantly increasing your aerobic exercise with interval training, sports, and other vigorous activities.

What is the Dolly Parton cabbage soup? ›

The diet that Dolly Parton reportedly followed during her bingeing and dieting cycles is known as the Cabbage Soup Diet. It is a short-term weight loss plan that involves consuming a low-calorie cabbage soup along with a specific set of allowed food items for a duration of seven days.

Does cabbage soup burn belly fat? ›

The cabbage soup diet stimulates the body's metabolism and fat mobilization. This diet limits your calorie intake and causes your body to burn fat for energy. Low sodium, low calories, and high fiber allow you to lose weight faster if you followed a reasonable long-term dietary plan.

Which soup is best for belly fat? ›

5 Best Soups That Will Help To Burn Belly Fat
  1. Vegetable soup. Lean protein from chicken combined with a variety of vegetables can make a satisfying and low-calorie soup that can help you feel full and satisfied.
  2. Chicken and vegetable soup. ...
  3. Black bean soup. ...
  4. Lentil soup. ...
  5. Tomato soup.
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What is the Dolly Parton diet? ›

You may have heard of something called the Dolly Parton Diet — which consists of eating cabbage soup (yes, cabbage soup!) as your main meals along with fruit and vegetables. It's also known as the TWA Stewardess Diet and, well, the Cabbage Soup Diet.

Why do you lose so much weight on cabbage soup diet? ›

The Cabbage Soup diet promises dieters can lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days. The main reason for this is that it severely restricts calories. The low end of the range is for people who are sedentary while the high end of the range is for people who are active.

Can you drink coffee on the cabbage soup diet? ›

OTHER CABBAGE SOUP DIET NOTES:

DRINKS: Stick with water, unsweet tea, black coffee, unsweetened juices, cranberry juice, or skim milk. Black coffee is permitted, but you may find that you no longer need the caffeine after the third day.

Can you eat unlimited vegetables and lose weight? ›

The answer is no. Eating unlimited vegetables may help you to feel full and satisfied, but if you're consuming more calories than your body needs, you will not lose weight. It's essential to pay attention to portion sizes and ensure you're not overeating, even when it comes to healthy foods like vegetables.

How long does cabbage soup last in refrigerator? ›

Once made, cabbage soup can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If it's store-bought and unopened, it can typically last up to 1-2 years past the printed date as long as it's not stored in extreme temperatures. However, once opened, it should be consumed within 3-4 days.

How much weight can you lose on the 7 day cabbage soup diet? ›

On the cabbage soup diet, most people lose between 5-10 pounds. For me, it's usually in the 7-10 pound range.

How does the 7 day soup diet work? ›

One of the most popular soup diets, the cabbage soup diet is a 7-day eating plan that involves eating a chicken- or vegetable-broth-based soup that contains cabbage and other low carb vegetables. In addition to cabbage soup, you can also have one or two other low calorie foods, such as skim milk or leafy greens.

Does cabbage burn belly fat? ›

Even though cabbage will not burn fat from your body, it is still ideal for your weight loss diet because it is so low in calories. A half cup of cabbage is only 17 calories. An entire head of cabbage that can be used to prepare a large salad is less than 300 calories.

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