Based on a popular weight-loss plan, this healthy cabbage soup recipe gets tons of flavor and a metabolism-boosting kick from spicy chiles.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large soup pot (8-quart or larger) over medium heat. Add onions, carrot, celery, poblano (or bell pepper) and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Add cabbage; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 10 minutes more. Add tomato paste, chipotle, cumin and coriander; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.

  • Add broth, water, beans and salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Serve garnished with cheese, yogurt and/or avocado, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

167.2 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 27.1g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 8.7g 35% DV; sugars 6.6g; fat 3.8g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 2968.9IU 59% DV; vitamin c 47.2mg 79% DV; folate 48.4mcg 12% DV; calcium 115mg 12% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 50.5mg 18% DV; potassium 623.7mg 18% DV; sodium 408.1mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV.

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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
I cooked bacon and used some of that oil for depth of flavor. This really does need some extras but it's a great staple to have in the fridge. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I never thought I would give something called Me I am Cabbage Soup 5 stars but it is absolutely delicious not to mention healthy! I made it as is using 1 can of black beans and 1 can of pinto beans. Served with avocado on top. My carnivore husband loved it too. Adding to my favorite recipe folder! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I doubled the cumin and coriander and added a tad more chipotle in adobe bc we love spice. I used homemade chicken broth (I have to control sodium for the hubby) and substituted my broth for the water in the recipe. Loved this. Will make again. My kids (athletes) think I should put chicken in it. I might do that.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I increased the spices significantly and reduced the water a little bit for a richer more flavorful soup. It is delicious and has quickly become a staple in my household. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Good soup Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made it as is plus heavy on the spices (not the salt!) and also added a whole can of peeled tomatoes. WOW!! What a great meal! Garnishes take it to a new level of tastiness... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I halved this recipe (because there are two of us). I didn't use poblano/green bell pepper chipotle chiles or the cilantro. I also didn't add the extra water. What I used in place of the chiles was sriracha sauce. This one of the best soup recipes ever. No kidding. It was phenomenally delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good and healthy soup. I think next time I will half the ingredients. This is a lot of soup for 2 people. Also on what planet is this done in 20 minutes? It takes about an hour and a half with all of the chopping. I love how healthy it is. I added 2-3 crumpled tortilla chips as garnish with the avocados. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and tasty what more could you ask for! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delicious and easy to make didn't have peppers used sriracha instead Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love everything about this soup. Very satisfying warm and nourishing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Replace celery with a drained can of corn replace onions with diced red skinned potatoes can replace poblanos with fresh green beans use vegetable broth and it's vegan adjust heat level by how much chipotle w adobo is used. Replace half with tomato paste for less kick. Save the cilantro and lime as toppings instead of adding it into the soup for easier reheating of leftovers. Love this soup!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
MINOUCHKA -- Once again another great soup recipe from Eating Well. Another one for the file! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent soup I used Caramelizing onions(12 hr slow cooker crock pot) I find they make for a really nice base for soup and stew. Also added a small tad of chicken base. Love this soup thanks eating well! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I created the soup with all the ingredients describe but made it on the slow cooker instead of the stove. I had to add some potatoes just to give it a little more consistency. I also added 2 chicken bullions instead of adding salt. Overall I loved the hot kick the chipotle adobo sauce provided. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The soup recipe is delicious as is. But any good cook is going to adjust spices or other ingredients to his or her personal or family preferences. I always add heat to many recipes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The success of this soup hinges on the quality of the broth you use. I picked up a broth that was okay but not my usual brand. I ended up adding a 1/2 cup of finely diced light Polska Kielbasa....I know. Defeats the purpose but it was the only last minute option I could think of to rescue the flat taste. I was worried it would confuse the flavor but it worked surprisingly well. I wouldn't have guessed it was there by just tasting the soup. I added only avocado as garnish but it made such a difference. Don't skip the garnishes I imagine all would add dimension to the flavor. Just look at the picture! Multiple garnishes. I will make this again but would probably look to cut down the quantity since I have a family of 3. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! We made a few changes. We added corn one can of black beans and one can of kidney beans. We didn't add any water and used half the can of chili's in Adobe. We topped it with cilantro cotijia cheese and Avocado. Can't wait for the leftovers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent doubled the chipotle peppers. Still added a little more to my bowl. Definitely not too spicy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup is delish. The acidity of the lime juice and the creaminess of the avocado truly sets this dish off. I only used one can of pinto's because that's all I had and I didn't add the crumbled queso fresco and nonfat plain greek yogurt but next time I will. I can imagine that would take it to another level. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious! I omitted the cumin because I realized I didn't' have any. It still came out great. Topped with avocado and squeezed lime juice in each bowl rather than in the whole pot. I think the lime juice is what really makes it. Very easy to make vegan by using vegetable broth and no cheese/yogurt topping. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy with great flavor. Start with 1/8 to 1/4 the chipotle and add more later if you want. It's easily too much for cabbage soup. Otherwise you get very hot chili with a ton of cabbage. PI liked the avacado garnish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Omitted the garlic cumin & coriander. Added red pepper flakes. Excellent. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing. We only did half the amount of Chipotle sauce. But it is amazing. Read More