Best Cabbage Soup Recipe

If you're here I think it's safe to assume you are because you want to get the juicy details and how-to's for how to make a delicious and diet-friendly Italian Cabbage soup, but, first, I want to share with you one of my favorite kitchen tools, the Kitchen-tan knife!

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And now, on to the recipe!

There's something about a warm bowl of cabbage soup that has the power to transport you to a cozy kitchen on a chilly winter day.

a bowl of Italian Cabbage Soup with beans, cabbage, onions, and carrots

With every spoonful of this delicious soup, you can taste the comfort, warmth, and nourishment that it provides. Whether you're feeling under the weather or simply looking for a wholesome and delicious meal, cabbage soup is the answer.

Bursting with flavor and loaded with nutrients, this soup is a perfect addition to your recipe repertoire. So, tie on your apron and get ready to make a pot of cabbage soup that will warm both your heart and your stomach.

This is a meatless Italian Cabbage Soup but if you're looking for something slightly heartier, you'll enjoy this Ham and Cabbage Soup with Potatoes recipe or this Easy Bean Soup Recipe that's perfect for a busy night.

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😋Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Requires minimal preparation time and can be made quickly with few ingredients.
  • Healthy and filling meal option that can help with weight loss or management.
  • The soup is also versatile and can be customized to suit individual taste preferences by adding different vegetables, herbs, and spices.
  • An affordable meal option that can be made in large batches and enjoyed over several days.
  • Ultimately, the simplicity and convenience of this easy cabbage soup recipe makes it an attractive choice for anyone looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious meal.


This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions as well as nutritional information can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page. *Please note that I almost always double my recipes so I have twice as many ingredients as needed in the picture below. I do this so I have another meal....or, just to appease my always hungry sons.

Ingredients used to make cabbage soup in front of a Pampered Chef Deluxe Multicooker
  • chicken stock
  • tomato paste
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onion
  • great northern beans
  • garlic cloves
  • thyme sprigs
  • bay leaf
  • salt

See recipe card for quantities.


This is an overview of the instructions. The full recipe and instructions as well as nutritional information can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Chopped celery, onions, and carrots in stainless steel container.

Shred cabbage, chop celery, carrots, and onion and set aside.

Stainless steel Pampered Chef Deluxe Multicooker liner filled with ingredients used to make Italian Cabbage Soup.

Whisk together tomato paste and chicken stock. Add veggies and spices.

Cabbage soup in a Pampered Chef Deluxe Multicooker

Add drained and rinsed great northern beans. I like to use this gadget for easy straining! Stir well. Put on the lid and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low.

cabbage soup in a white bowl with a silver spoon

Serve and enjoy!

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  • Dried Thyme - 1 tsp. of dried thyme can be substituted for 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Garlic Powder - ¼ tsp. of garlic powder can be substituted for 2 garlic cloves.
  • Alternatives to 1 Bay Leaf - in place of a bay leaf you can substitute any ONE of the following: ½ tsp. crushed bay leaves, 2 dried bay leaves, ¼ tsp. dried oregano, ¼ tsp. dried thyme
  • Tomato Sauce or Tomato Puree - For every 1 tablespoon of tomato paste needed, use 3 tablespoons of tomato puree or sauce.

🍽 Equipment

Below are my personal equipment recommendations - after years of cooking and baking, these are my favorite go-to's!


The simplest way to store soup if you will be eating it in the next 3 days is in the refrigerator. Once the soup has cooled (within 2 hours of cooking) place it into an airtight container and place it in the fridge. That's it!

If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

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📖 Recipe

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

This delicious cabbage soup recipe is packed with veggies and flavored with herbs and spices. It's low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Serve it hot topped with shredded parmesan cheese and some croutons on top for a delicious and healthy meal.
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Overhead view of a bowl of Italian Cabbage Soup
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:6 hours
Total Time:6 hours 15 minutes


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 head cabbage shredded - about 1 ½ cups
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 15 ½ ounces great northern beans 1 can - rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • In a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker whisk together chicken stock and tomato paste.
    4 cups chicken stock, 6 ounces tomato paste
  • Stir in cabbage, celery, carrots, onion, great northern beans, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and salt.
    1 head cabbage, 4 celery stalks, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 15 ½ ounces great northern beans, 2 cloves garlic, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cover and cook on low setting until vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 hours.
  • Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf.
  • Serve as is or topped with cheese.


One cup equals one serving

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 698mg | Potassium: 780mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3009IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $7.00

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