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 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 27.1g; dietary fiber 8.7g; sugars 6.6g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 0.6g; vitamin a iu 2968.9IU; vitamin c 47.2mg; folate 48.4mcg; calcium 115mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 50.5mg; potassium 623.7mg; sodium 408.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
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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
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
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
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: 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
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 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
MINOUCHKA -- Once again another great soup recipe from Eating Well. Another one for the file! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love everything about this soup. Very satisfying warm and nourishing. Read More