Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

PREP TIME: 15 mins
COOK TIME: 35 mins
TOTAL TIME: 50 mins
SERVINGS: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds (or 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (or 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 small or 1/2 large green cabbage, sliced 1/4-inch (4 to 5 cups)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (more or less depending on the saltiness of your stock)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Grind spices if using whole spices:

If using whole spices (coriander, fennel, cumin), grind them in a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder until well ground.

Sauté onions and spices:

Heat olive oil and butter in a 4-quart, thick-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and stir in the ground spices. Cook until the onions have softened, about 5 minutes.

Sautéing onions in a stockpot for Cabbage Soup

Add cabbage and tomatoes:

Add the sliced cabbage to the pot and stir to mix the cabbage with the onions. If you are using unsalted stock, sprinkle the cabbage with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the canned whole tomatoes, with their juices, to the pot. Stir to combine.

Adding sliced cabbage to stockpot for cabbage soup
Making simple cabbage soup

Add stock, simmer till done:

Add chicken stock to the pot. Bring to a simmer and taste for salt. Add more salt to taste. Lower the heat and cover the pot. Let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cabbage is thoroughly cooked, breaking up tomatoes that are still whole.

Cabbage soup in stockpot ready to boil
Simmering cabbage soup on the stovetop


Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to serve.


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