Easy Cabbage Soup

Easy Cabbage Soup

Easy Cabbage Soup

This super easy, healthy soup takes less than 20 minutes, start to finish. It's always good with chicken stock but I usually use water. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Makes: 3-4 servings

Easy Cabbage Soup


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed

  • 4 cups cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups water, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a medium soup pot and saute onion & garlic for 2 minutes.
  2. Add cabbage, cook and stir for a minute.
  3. Add water or stock, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Variation: I sometimes add one carrot, sliced 1/8-inch thin, along with the cabbage.

53 Comments on "Easy Cabbage Soup"

  1. Sandra

    Hi Jenny I simply love your recipes. You make it so easy and fun to cook. I love the humor that you bring 2 each presentation. I will be trying your cabbage soup this weekend. it looks delicious. I’ve made cabbage soup before and to put a spin to it I would blend it all together in my bullet and make it so that it’s drinkable. It’s an easy on the go way two of continuing my diet. Thanks so much!


  2. Uncle Phil

    I am a former Chef but no longer want to spend time making plates look pretty or take hours to put a meal together.
    Now prefer Simple; Easy; Basic.
    This is THE Recipe for Cabbage Soup !!!!
    Thanks for your post, Jenny!!

  3. Dziadek

    No babcia I knew used olive oil for kapuśniak. Definitely bacon fat.

  4. robyn marie dawley

    Just made this. It is delicious. Added a carrot. No Bay leaf on hand

  5. Doris Armstrong

    This wa always a meatless Friday dinner. My Mom would make a roux with flour to thicken the soup and add peas What’s for dinner ‘Peas and Cabbage soup’ YUM A lot of Polish in her cooking. Love your recipes!!

  6. Lady

    I love soups except green pea. When I make cabbage soup I add turmeric potatoes, celery shallots and carrots. Some times I’ll put a bit of shredded pork too. I’m allergic to chicken.

  7. Denise

    Hi Jenny, I am HOOKED on your recipes. Been making bread, hamb buns, dinner rolls, and made your stuffed cabbage. Per your recomendation, I am refrigerating it until tomorrow. But it smells fantastic. I’ve had cabbage soup from Fannys in Cleveland. Loved it. Theirs has potatoes in it as well. At what stage would I add potatoes. What about bacon or ham?
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes, have also turned on my nephew (former Marine) to it. He tells me it my fault and yours if he gets chubby. Have a blessed Christmas season, filled with love and loved ones.

  8. Susan

    Hi Jenny,
    I love Cabbage and this sounds delicious. I had an amazing Cabbage Soup from a restaurant in Fall River MA. Of course, it’s a secret family recipe. There’s Cannellini Beans in it and some of it’s emulsified. It’s very hearty and full of flavor. Have you ever tried adding white beans? I will try your recipe first exactly as is though. Simple and quick. Thanks Jenny.

  9. Starchild

    I made this soup this evening. It is so delicious! I sprinkled dill over it.

    Thank you!

  10. Ariel

    This is delicious!!! I had been looking for a cabbage soup recipe that had no tomatoes because I get migraines from all night shade foods. I had thought about making this soup and then found your recipe. I had about 2 cups of chicken broth in the fridge and added 2 cups of water. I took another commenter’s suggestion and added 3 stalks of celery, some turmeric and a little cream and I added some summer squash and carrots for color and sweetness. It came together so fast. I will definitely make this again on a regular basis!

    • Rosemary

      Thank you for these suggestions of variances. I’ve been looking for ideas not using tomatoes, can’t have them due to kidney failure. Looking forward to using your advice.

  11. Nara Alivia

    Hello to you,
    My name is Nara Alivia from Escon dido,California.
    I ate cereal this morning standing up in the kitchen and while I was eating my cereal for breakfast I got busy making cabbage soup on the stove.
    I will eat cabbage soup for lunch and for dinner too. I never ate cabbage soup before. This will be my first time.
    I am looking forward to it.
    Thank you for this very easy cabbage soup recipe.

  12. Joe UK

    I had cabbages to spare,wife couldn’t eat but could manage soups.Looked for. “easy cabbage soup” on google.
    Perfect.Thank you,went down very well. (I had to liquidize my wifes but I took mine ‘lumpy’. Both great!!

  13. Ed Lewandowski

    This was great exactly per your specs! I used chicken stock.

    My grandmother made Czarnina to celebrate my long-ago seventh birthday and I loved it. Wanting more and more, she cautioned me “..not TOO much now !! ” Of course I snuck into the kitchen after the lights went out and got more anyway it was so good. She was right, more was NOT better. I guess there’s a reason you don’t list this peasant classic in your repertoire 🙂 And that was a lesson I’ll never forget. A little goes a long way.

  14. joseph bailey

    Thanks–I’m stuck in China with this virus going around, so I am trying to find simple, healthy recipes to make since I can only leave my apartment every 2 days due to a quarantine. I try this bad boy out tomorrow.

  15. Camille

    Would 4 cups cabbage be a small or medium head of cabbage?

    • Jenny Can Cook


      • Nora

        I love all your recipes because I can follow them easily and make them exactly the way you say you are an excellent cook and thank you so much for having this program and showing me how I can cook different things

  16. Patrick

    This was delish! I was looking for a recipe without tomatoes. I also took it up a notch and added 2 stalks of celery, diced as well as a quarter teaspoon of turmeric and a half-cup of cream. Try it out.

  17. Tony D

    I have been looking for this cabbage soup recipe for years. My mother would make this soup during the cold winters when we lived in New York.
    It was fantastic, but she never left the recipe for us before passing away.
    This recipe of yours tastes exactly the same as my mothers. I made the soup today and really enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you Jenny

  18. Karen G.

    I love this soup. Been looking for one that doesn’t have tomatoes in it. And, the cabbage isn’t cooked to death but retains a slight crispness and brighter color. I love the simplicity of this recipe. This is a keeper, I’ve bookmarked this one. Thank you Jenny.

  19. mom of 6

    how long do i boil the cabbage before making the soup

    • Jenny Can Cook

      You do not boil the cabbage before adding it to the soup. You add it raw and only stir-fry it for one minute (step #2) and then when you add the liquid, the cabbage cooks up nice and soft in 10 minutes (step #4).

  20. Kitten

    How many calories is it per serving? and How many servings does it yield?

    • becky p.

      is that really your question honey ?

      • Kimber

        Becky coming in hot with an attitude ?

        • Muma Jo

          Prep Time: 5 minutes

          Cook Time: 10 minutes

          Total Time: 18 minutes

          Makes: 3-4 servings

          You can Google calories in a small cabbage, and look on the box or what ever kind of Chicken Broth you choose to use. A wee bit of math, but you can do it!! How’s that sound? 😉

    • Jenny Can Cook

      It makes 3 to 4 servings. I don’t count calories but with only vegetables and water, the total calories will be minimal.

      • Jim

        Nice answer. I am going to make this this afternoon. A foggy chilly day in southern Oregon. Sounds perfect. Thanks Jenny.

  21. Rhonda

    Omg!…looks delicious. Very tasty I’m sure. A must try…
    Love the photo, Jenny ?

  22. Mirella Wright

    Jenny I love your style, you’re so funny and dish excellent stuff ! thank you …Love cabbage soup and slimming too !!

    Sad anniversary today – will always remember the injury to your people and country …may they get their deserve.

    Mirella in Italy

  23. Pat Mazurowski

    I could eat soup every day- just love it. Can’t wait to make this one.
    And yeah– how bout some more videos. I love watching them and see all the fun you have when you cook. very inspiring.

  24. Diane

    I just made your baby back ribs and, Jenny, I’m in love with you. They are fabulous!!

  25. Pam

    Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe!! You are an incredible woman and cook, and I have completely enjoyed your videos and all the wonderful and down to earth advice for cooking. You never cease to just crack me up as well…what a sense of humor!! 🙂

    • Vicki

      This soup is very good and I could eat it every day. Thanks so much for the receipe.

  26. Lori

    Sounds very good!! Thank you for the simple recipe.

  27. Ellen D

    I love this recipe and make it 2 or 3 times week. I usually add a couple carrots. I cook it in my electric pressure cooker for 3 minutes.

  28. pat jacobson

    your receips will not print.

  29. Steve

    Hi, Jenny! I recently had a heart attack and I am now modifying my diet to low sodium, etc. I LOVE cabbage and was wondering if I would get the same health benefits by using red cabbage? Would it taste any different? Thanks for all your wisdom and recipes!

    • John

      Hey Steve. Years ago when I was on Weight Watchers I made the WW Vegetable Soup using Red Cabbage. The only thing I noticed was that it bled a bit into the soup. I never noticed any flavor difference from red cabbage at all. And it was just as hearty just red. Also with you on low sodium increase other spices or use Mrs. Dash to provide more flavor.

      • Steve

        Thank you, John, and thanks for the tips! I can’t wait to try this soup!!

  30. Soli

    Thanks for this recipe you are the best

  31. jeannine

    thank you for this recipe so easy to make and sooooo delicious

  32. Rhonda

    STUPID!?! EASY??! — Caught my attention! YES – cabbage soup is delicious. Love how naturally sweet cabbage becomes when cooked. My daughter was in a cooking contest during high school and one of the entries was a cabbage and chicken soup. Not something I thought I’d like at all
    However, it was incredible and stupid and easy. Looking forward to your recipe! P.S.y son is a Chef and he loved your “Artisan Bread” when I prepared it. I’ll be making it to accompany the soup!

  33. Shell

    Thnaks! I love cabbage so I will make this asap. My Mom used to make “New England boiled dinner with ham carrots potatoes onion and cabbage and I always loved the cabbage the best! Comfort food for me.

    • Brian D.

      Shell- my mom used to make the exact same thing only she would use a corned beef… and now that I think about it that would be on St. Paddy’s day. And she’d used smoked sausage the other times… and you’re right- the cabbage was always the best. She called it “boiled dinner” too!

  34. Barbo

    Just brought hom a big beautiful and fresh cabbage and I also
    finished making 8 quarts of turkey broth all jellied and yummy.

    BTW over labor day weekend, I made the cabbage rolls (delish)
    and your oven cooked ribs. Got lot’s of compliments and I love
    your simple, delicious, healthy recipes. More U Tubes please.

    Hugs and good cooking,


  35. France

    Hi Jenny,
    This recipe looks very delicious and healthy ! But i have one (1) question for you ;
    Are you going to make some more video on youtube or no more ??? I like to see some visual explanation for the recipes, to see you first and to have some ideas !
    Anyway, have a wonderful week-en ahead !

    • Lee

      I have the same question about you putting out some more videos. I’ve been waiting for a new one ever since I subscribed. You are very good in the videos and several of your recipes are regulars for me now. Please put out more videos. -from a Loyal Fan

  36. Liz

    I’m making it tomorrow. With a piece of fresh bakery bread, sounds like heaven. Like I used to eat as a kid. Thanks.

    • Rhonda

      May I suggest making a loaf of Jenny’s 30-minute bread. It would perfect addition to a Stupid Easy meal!

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