Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup is the perfect savory vegetable soup. This recipe for cabbage soup is easy to prepare and makes a perfect warmup for a cold winter day. It’s a great dinner starter and also makes a good light lunch. You are going to love all of the flavors this soup has.

two bowls of homemade cabbage soup.

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Tomato Cabbage Soup

This recipe includes tomato sauce and tomato puree. Tomato cabbage soup is inspired by the popular cabbage soup diet.

The essence of this diet is eating cabbage soup two to three times per day. The rest of the diet consists of many other veggies and some fruits, and a prescribed amount of other foods such as brown rice and chicken.

However, you don’t have to be a fan of this diet to enjoy this tomato cabbage soup; the soup by itself is flavorful and healthy.

Note: This soup is also a keto cabbage soup that is perfect for anyone on a keto diet.

This is a quick, inexpensive, and tasty soup that’s great for using up extra vegetables you were wondering what to do with. Serving this with crusty bread makes a great warming meal in wintertime.

Add beef, chicken, or ham for a heartier meal option.

What Makes this Cabbage Soup Recipe so Good

This recipe for cabbage soup might do the impossible – depending on its size, it can use up an entire head of cabbage in one go! No more whittling away at your cabbage for weeks, making slaw, or adding shreds of cabbage to a taco.

Cabbage Trivia: A medium head of cabbage weighs about 2 pounds.

If you are trying to lose weight, this low-calorie cabbage soup is a tasty addition to your diet. It’s also super easy to make and easy on your budget.

And, you might just convert the cabbage hater in your family into a cabbage lover. You can also sneak in some other veggies that your veggie hater won’t normally eat.

CopyKat Tip: If you have a child who might be squeamish about the texture, you could choose to puree the soup.

Cabbage Soup Ingredients

Here’s what you will need to make this delicious old-fashioned cabbage soup.

  • Green cabbage
  • Beef soup bone
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato puree
  • Sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Water
cabbage soup ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • You can substitute vegetable broth for the beef bone if you want to make a vegetarian soup. You could also use chicken broth if you don’t have a handy beef soup bone.
  • Worcestershire sauce may contain anchovies, be sure to use a vegetarian brand if you want a fully vegetarian cabbage soup.
  • If you are watching your sugar intake, substitute with a non-sugar sweetener.

How to Make Cabbage Soup

This is a very simple soup to make. If you can cut up cabbage, you can make this soup!

  1. Chop your cabbage into bite-size pieces.
chopped cabbage in a bowl.
  1. Put all the ingredients in a large pot.
cabbage soup ingredients in a pot before cooking the soup.
  1. Cook on simmer until the cabbage is very tender.
a bowl of cabbage soup and a spoon.

How to Make Cabbage Soup in a Slow Cooker

  1. Place all the ingredients in a CrockPot or slow cooker and give them a good stir.
  2. Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours.

Your soup is ready when the vegetables are soft, and your kitchen smells amazing.

How to Make Cabbage Soup in an Instant Pot

  1. Place everything in an Instant Pot and stir.
  2. Lock the lid and set the Instant Pot on high for 10 minutes.
  3. Let the pressure naturally release for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cabbage Soup Recipe Variations

This recipe for keto cabbage soup does not have to remain keto! The recipe is very versatile, and you make it your own. You can also easily turn it into a complete meal by adding some protein. Here are a few ideas.

  • Add more veggies – green beans, bell peppers, corn, broccoli, carrots, celery, andcauliflower. (For easier prep, use shredded cabbage and frozen vegetables.)
  • Add some leafy greens – baby kale, spinach, chard. Add them toward the end of cooking time; otherwise, they’ll get too mushy.
  • Spice it up – adding a spoonful of hot sauce, a dash of red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, basil, oregano, fresh parsley or cayenne pepper gives the soup some spice.
  • If you want more carbs, include 2 cups of cooked white rice or add some potatoes.
  • Hamburger cabbage soup – Brown 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef and add it to the soup. This also turns it into stuffed cabbage soup.
  • Add meat for protein – Throw in some ham, Italian pork sausage, turkey sausage, or leftover pieces of rotisserie chicken.
  • For a vegetarian protein option, use extra firm tofu (cut into cubes) or white beans.

What to Serve with Cabbage Soup

A dollop of sour cream on top or some chopped green onions finishes this cabbage soup off nicely.

Serve your cabbage tomato soup up with some crusty bread, garlic bread, dinner rolls, crackers, biscuits, or breadsticks.

Pair your cabbage soup with a sandwich, salad, or an entrée for a larger meal. It goes well with a chicken salad sandwich or wedge salad.

How to Store Cabbage Soup

This recipe is perfect for making ahead because it stores so well. Your tomato cabbage soup will be fine in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days when sealed tightly. This tastes better when you store it in the fridge for a day or two before you enjoy the taste of this cabbage soup.

How to Freeze Cabbage Soup

Make a big batch of soup and freeze it for future use. Allow your soup to cool completely before placing it into an airtight container and freezing. It will be good in your freezer for 2 to 3 months.

overhead view of cabbage soup in two bowls.

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two bowls of homemade cabbage soup.

Cabbage Soup

Tomato Cabbage Soup is easy to prepare and perfect for a cold winter day.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Soup, Tomato Cabbage Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 127kcal


  • 2 pounds cabbage
  • 1 small beef soup bone
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 gallon water


  • Chop the cabbage into bite-size pieces.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pot.
  • Cook over low heat until the cabbage is very tender.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir.
  • Lock the lid and set the Instant Pot on high for 10 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 15 to 20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a Crockpot or slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.



Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1361mg | Potassium: 822mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 55.9mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Baltisraul

    It’s in the crock-pot now! Used turkey stock for the water and smoked turkey necks for the beef bone. Leftover items from Thanksgiving. That and a big pot of Gumbo and our guests should be ok prior to the Alabama vs Georgia game today! Merry Christmas, Steph and go DAWGS!!!

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