Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.
Super Healthy Cabbage Soup
An Easy and Healthy Way to Feed The Family
If you're looking for a simple, quick, healthy tomato cabbage soup recipe, look no further. This healthy vegetarian soup is filling, low in calories and ready in no time at all. Feel free to play with this recipe adding some of your own favorite ingredients. Meat eaters may toss in some nicely browned chicken, turkey, sausage, or beef. Add most anything you like. including left-overs.
Pop a container or two filled with this nourishing soup and freeze for a rainy day.
So grab a soup pot, clean your cutting board and get ready to whip up a delicious lunch or dinner. Perfect for one or the whole family, everyone will be asking for seconds.
And if you're watching your weight, this is a perfect and satisfying way to go.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, virgin
- 1 medium white onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 large bottle or can tomato or v8 juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large package shredded cabbage
- 6-8 baby size red potatoes
- 3-6 sprigs fresh basil
- A few sprinkles cayanne pepper, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- Sautee onion and garlic in olive oil.
- Add shredded cabbage, stirring to mix with oil, onion and garlic.
- Add tomatoe juice and stir.
- Cut baby potatoes in half and add to mixture.
- Add salt and pepper and finely cut basil leaf. Stir.
- Add turmeric and stir
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Some Facts About Cabbage
Throughout history, the ancient Romans and Greeks have referred to cabbage as sea and wild cabbage and recognized it for its nutritional and medicinal properties.
- It is very high in vitamin C and contains significant amounts of the anti-inflammatory property, glutamine. This has proven to be beneficial in treating arthritis.
- A paste can be made using cabbage and applied to injuries and then wrapped in the cabbage leaves itself.
- Most of us recognize the fiber found in cabbage but did you know that cabbage may also help respiratory diseases?
- The largest producer of cabbage today is China.
- There are 24 calories in 100 grams (3.5 oz.) of cabbage.
- The heaviest cabbage, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is an astonishing 127 pounds.
I've noticed a reduction in inflammation since increasing my cabbage intake. This benefit, alone, inspires me to keep this superfood on my grocery list.
The Famous Cabbage Soup Diet
I love this diet for quick weight loss. You don't want to be on it forever, but if you have a few pounds that need to come off in a hurry, this works. It's possible to lose 10 (4.5kg) pounds in a week. I lost 8 pounds in the first week. Much of the loss may be due to water loss, but it's still a loss of weight.
Wikipedia.com lists the following variations for this diet:
Beverages are limited to water, and unsweetened fruit juice on days when fruit is allowed. This is a typical outline of the diet:
- Day 1 - Cabbage soup plus as much fruit as desired, excluding bananas
- Day 2 - Cabbage soup with vegetables
- Day 3 - Cabbage soup plus fruit and vegetables excluding potatoes and bananas
- Day 4 - Cabbage soup plus up to eight bananas and as much skimmed milk as desired
- Day 5 - Cabbage soup plus up to 10 ounces (280 g) of beef and up to six tomatoes
- Day 6 - Cabbage soup plus as much beef and vegetables (excluding potatoes) as desired
- Day 7 - Cabbage soup plus brown rice, vegetables (excluding potatoes) and unsweetened fruit juice
Because of the difference of opinion in the medical profession, it is best to check with your doctor before beginning this diet. And remember, this is only for a seven day period. Everyone is different and responds differently to the Cabbage Soup Diet.
Cabbage Works For a Hangover
It is stated that the early Egyptians began their meal with a generous helping of raw cabbage, seeds and all. Apparently, this ritual would keep one sober during a festive evening.
Thanks For Being Here
Thanks for checking out my Healthy Tomato and Cabbage Soup Recipe.
Remember to add chicken or beef if you prefer. Personalize this soup by adding spices that play with your pallet. For an Italian flavor add a touch of oregano.
Serve with a basket of hot rolls or french bread and smother with plenty of love!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2012 Audrey Hunt
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 11, 2016:
Very glad you approve of my recipe. I, too, love soup and have it about every-other-day. Your encouragement means a lot to me...inspires me to share more of my recipes. Thanks a bunch!
Handicapped Chef from Radcliff Ky on April 09, 2016:
Very nice hub the recipe is lovely and very easy to follow I am going to try it because soups are one of my most favorite meals to eat I just love putting together what I call one pot meals ....Thanks for sharing and keep on sharing great recipes like this one.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 08, 2016:
Seeing you here means so much to me. I respect your vast knowledge of nutrition and your hubs fill me with information and inspiration. Knowing that you approve of my recipe is wonderful!
I appreciate your pinning and sharing my hub.
Blessings to you and yours.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2016:
I love this healthy tomato and cabbage soup recipe. I'm certain it's as delicious as it looks. Thanks for sharing. Pinned and shared.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 07, 2015:
Oooooo - I love sweet potatoes. Thanks for this great idea! This soup is definitely healthy and I freeze a few containers for a quick dinner. Thanks Glenn.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 03, 2015:
Well what do you know! I happen to have all the ingredients I need to make this Tomato Cabbage Soup tonight, although with one variation. I'm going to try it with sweet potatoes. Sounds tasty. And definitely healthy.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 09, 2014:
Thanks so much for your comments and for posting this to your Pinterest food board.
Good health to you and yours,
Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 16, 2014:
I wish I could get my family to eat something like this. Looks delicious. Going to post this to my Pinterest food board.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 11, 2014:
PegCole17 - Gee, Peg, thanks so much for pinning this to your food board. And glad you like the recipe. Enjoy!
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2014:
This was so beautiful I had to pin that first picture to my food ideas board on Pinterest. Wow, what a great recipe and so well explained. I can't wait to try this out.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 01, 2014:
NellRose - I make a big old pot of this soup and freeze it for those days when I want something quick or on cold, rainy days. Hope you like it!
ocla20 - Adding pork to this recipe is very delicious. The flavor of the pork is magnificent.
rdsparrowriter - Oh dear - so sorry about your allergy. Thanks for being here when you can't even have this. I appreciate it very much.
Eiddwen - Yes please do let me know how you like this recipe. And you can add chicken, pork or even sausage if you like. Big hugs ~ Audrey
Eiddwen from Wales on January 31, 2014:
What a great recipe Audrey ;I love tomato soup but this one will be different.
I'll let you know how I get on.
Lots of love from Wales.
Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on December 17, 2013:
It looks delicious and the presentation is very eyecatching, but I have an allergy to tomato, so I won't be able to try it. Voted up and interesting :)
Sean Train from Los Angeles on December 17, 2013:
I think i would try this recipe once I get back from vacation. It looks healthy! I think I would add some fried pork to it though :)
Nell Rose from England on December 13, 2013:
What a great recipe Audrey, definitely one to try, thanks! voted up!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 28, 2013:
moonlake - Thanks so much for liking my recipe. Appreciate the vote up and 5 * Have a super day!
moonlake from America on April 28, 2013:
Looks so good great recipe. Voted up and five stars.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2013:
Thank you Vellur - I know you'll enjoy this recipe. Let me know how it turns out.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 17, 2013:
Great recipe, healthy and tasty. I love cabbage and will try this one.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 07, 2013:
Hi Denise - I sure hope you enjoyed this healthy Indian tomato cabbage soup recipe. It's one of my favorites. And in the summer, all the nice fresh vegetables are ready for the picking (or buying.) :) Hugs, dear friend!
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on February 22, 2013:
Hi Audrey-what a simple soup recipe and full of healthy benefits. Thanks for sharing. I'll be shopping for the ingredients this w/e. UP/U/I and sharing.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 07, 2013:
Vacation Trip - You'll love this fast and healthy tomato soup. So glad you stopped by. Stay healthy and happy!
Susan from India on February 06, 2013:
Wow. Healthy and delicious soup. Thanks for sharing.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 15, 2012:
Realhousewife - Hello, pretty angel. This soup is really good and it's easy to add a variety of other foods such as brown wild rice, quinoa, new potatoes, chicken/beef - whatever, even pasta.
Thanks Kelly for stopping by. I owe you a visit so look for me soon:)
Hi Mike - One good thing about this soup is that you can add anything you like to it - beef, chicken, pork, potatoes, rice pasta etc. It can also be frozen in containers for another time. Thanks a lot!
Mhatter99 - You'll like this soup! Feel free to add other veggies, meat, rice etc. Thanks.
Coolmon2009 - Any kind of sandwich would really go well with this soup. Enjoy!
Rema T V from Chennai, India on November 15, 2012:
Lovely recipe. I am sure to try it out very soon because I love both cabbage and tomato for their nutritive values. Thanks for this recipe. Cheers, Rema.
SkeetyD on November 15, 2012:
I love most things with tomato so this recipe definitely appeals to me. Thank you for adding the cabbage facts. Awesome recipe!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 06, 2012:
Sueswan - This is so easy to make (I'm lazy). I hope you try it and when you do, I hope you like it. Thanks Sue for the votes and the sharing.
carter06 - Thanks very much for liking my recipe. I could eat this soup every day. I also lost weight by eating it. Very filling and you can have all you want. So glad to see you here and thanks for the vote and sharing.
Rema T V from Chennai, India on October 06, 2012:
This is a wonderful recipe that I am going to try tomorrow. I love it more because you have given a vegetarian recipe and I have everything readily available at home.
The soup looks delicious and I'm sure it is going to taste great too. I have never heard of such a combination before. Thank you very much for this great recipe Audrey. I have shared , pinned and tweeted this hub.
Break of Dawn on October 06, 2012:
This soup is perfect for a chilly autumn day like today. I have a large cabbage and the rest of the ingredients at home so I'm in luck! Thank you for helping me out with the constant question, what to have for dinner today.
Sasha Kim on October 01, 2012:
OOhh.. tomatoes and cabbage? Together in a soup? Sign me up! This sounds fantastic ^_^ Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Voting and pinning!
randor on September 30, 2012:
This looks very yummy. I'll have to make some now that the weather has cooled down. Thanks for the recipe.
Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on September 28, 2012:
Cabbage and tomato are best friends, and I love adding them to my soups, also combining them in the Polish dish of stuffed cabbage. But I've never made a soup featuring these buddies alone as they appear in your recipe. This is definitely on my list to make.
A question, how long do you cook the soup after you've added the potatoes...20 minutes or so? (Maybe I missed that part.)
Swetank Raj from India on September 18, 2012:
Very lovely going to try this weekend! Mom is going to be very happy!
Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on September 17, 2012:
This soup sounds delicious. I will definitely have to give your recipe a try soon!
Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on September 17, 2012:
I like tomatoes and you bet it, i will surely try this Tomato cabbage soup recipe, looks delicious, thanks. Voted up, useful and shared.
M K Paul from India on September 17, 2012:
really quick one.I'll try it soon :)
Brett C from Asia on September 17, 2012:
I had no idea that cabbage had so many benefits! This is a great recipe, simple and so healthy. I'll also be back soon to read some of your other hubs, just bear with me, as I'm in the middle of moving countries ... Again! Lol ... Back soon.
For now, up, useful, shared, tweeted and pinned.
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on September 02, 2012:
I have been making a cabbage soup similar to this for years. It's always good and seems to get better as a leftover, too.
Tony McGregor from South Africa on August 28, 2012:
ignugent17 on August 23, 2012:
This is very timely. I am having a problem with the cabbage to spoil and viola this recipe came. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Audrey Howitt from California on August 23, 2012:
This sounds yummy!!! And cabbage is so very good for you!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 23, 2012:
Ive never considered a tomato and cabbage soup! Brilliant idea. I'd give it a try, but it's highly doubtful my family would eat it. Picky eaters. I'll just wait for you to send me some:)
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 23, 2012:
Just Ask Susan ~ One of the things I love about winter is keeping a big old pot of soup on the stove. I'll bet there are a few of us out there that like to do this. So glad you came by Susan. Thanks!
Stephanie - I'm always in a hurry (although I don't much go anywhere:) so I constantly come up with quick and easy recipes. Glad you like this and don't forget to add meat or chicken if you like.
KDuBarry03 on August 23, 2012:
Very informative, useful, and looks delicious, Audrey! I have always been a fan of tomato soup and cabbage (and anything with paprika in it always sounds like a good mix to me!) I'm making dinner sunday, so I'll be making this as an appetizer :)
Voted up and sharing!
drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 22, 2012:
Okay, Audrey, here comes the ultimate compliment. I read every single word of your hub, recipe and all, and admired all three photos and the interesting video. But I am not a lover of soup, sad to say. But I enjoyed your hub. Promise.
Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 22, 2012:
Yes! I definitely love this and would love to try this. i love soups.
Mary Craig from New York on August 21, 2012:
This looks erasy and sounds yummy. Your photos definitely add to this soup's appeal!
Voted up and useful and put on a back burner to try this winter.
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 21, 2012:
This is a beautiful soup and you photographed it so well. I will make this soon. The nights are getting cooler and that makes me crave soup. This one is healthful and savory. Thanks for the great recipe.
kelleyward on August 21, 2012:
Yum this looks delicious! Voted up and 5 stars. Can't wait to try this soon. Kelley
H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on August 20, 2012:
Wonderful hub- it sounds healthy & delicious.
Handicapped Chef from Radcliff Ky on August 20, 2012:
Looks very tasty I could see adding a little bit of grilled chicken in this to make a awesome stew.
Hillary from Atlanta, GA on August 20, 2012:
Looks so yummy! I have to wait though, till we're off our low carb diet!
breakfastpop on August 20, 2012:
This recipe sounds wonderful. My grandmother used to make the most wonderful cabbage soup. I will definitely try this and I thank you.
RTalloni on August 20, 2012:
This will be useful in the fall when we want a fast meal so we can get outside and enjoy the change in the weather--thanks!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 20, 2012:
It sound delicious and healthy as well. I have another option to make a soup. My mom will love to make it soon. I'll share with her. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!
dinkan53 from India on August 20, 2012:
Sounds great, would love to try it some day. Thanks for sharing this fast and easy to make recipe. Enjoyed the cabbage shredding video. Voted up and interesting.
Liz Rayen from California on August 20, 2012:
OH My Gosh! I Love this Hub! I remember when you would make this! I was trying to think of a good soup to make this week that I haven't done for awhile! and.... BAZINGA! You gave me the answer! Gracias Mamasita! HUUUUGS
Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on August 19, 2012:
This soup look delirious ; I would like to try it with a sandwich. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 19, 2012:
Thank you for this quick and easy recipe.
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 19, 2012:
That looks very good and mostly calls for garden fresh produce. Thanks for sharing.
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 19, 2012:
This looks fabulous! I love both tomato soup and cabbage so this will be a winner in my kitchen! No doubt I will make it very soon! Thanks so much for posting it - I have honestly never heard of a soup that combines both great flavors before!
Mary from Cronulla NSW on August 19, 2012:
I'm loving this recipe and have been looking for different delicious recipes while dieting which will help...I don't doubt though that it will be a good meal to add to any diet...nutritious, flavorsome and filling, just great...thanks for sharing this...voted up & shared...
Sueswan on August 19, 2012:
Looks simply delicious.
I am sharing and pinning this one.
Take care :)
Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 19, 2012:
This soup sounds so good, and pretty easy, too! I've got to give it a try! Voted up!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 19, 2012:
This soup looks and sounds delicious! I will soon be making homemade soups as the weather is starting to cool off and will try your recipe soon.
Voting, sharing and pinning.