Simple Cabbage Soup

Cabbage is the main ingredient in this hearty soup and a wonderful choice for any diet because it is inexpensive and very nutritious. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable—one of the vegetables recommended to eat every day, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower—and packed with phytochemicals that fight inflammation caused by free radicals in the body.

Cabbage is also low in potassium, and is a good source of fiber, vitamins C and K, and folic acid.

Serving size

1 serving

Makes

8 servings

Prep time: 20min
Cook time: 35min
Total: 55min

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ sweet onion, chopped

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

6 cups water

1 cup sodium-free chicken stock

½ head green cabbage, shredded

2 carrots, diced

2 medium tomatoes, diced

Black pepper, freshly grounded, to taste

2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

Nutrition Info

Makes: 8 servings  Serving size: 1 serving

Calories

58

Fat

3 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

Carbohydrates

8 g

Sugar

5 g

Fiber

2 g

Protein

2 g

Sodium

45 mg

Calcium

47 mg

Phosphorus

40 mg

Potassium

245 mg

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the water, chicken stock, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Season the soup with black pepper. Serve hot, topped with the thyme.

To save time, you can purchase a package of coleslaw mix instead of shredding your own cabbage and carrots. Since this recipe only uses half a cabbage head, buying premade might reduce food waste.