Cabbage & White Bean Soup


This cabbage and white bean soup is easy and flavorful. Avoid browning the leeks and garlic, as it can make the soup bitter. If you want to make this soup vegan, use vegan-friendly pesto and omit the Parmesan rind.

a recipe photo of the Cabbage & White Bean Soup served in a bowl
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Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 cups chopped green cabbage

  • 1 ½ cups sliced leek

  • 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped garlic

  • 4 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added white beans, rinsed

  • 1 Parmesan rind (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup pesto


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add cabbage and leek; cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth, salt, beans and Parmesan rind, if using; increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to low to maintain a low simmer; cover and cook, undisturbed, until the cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar. Remove and discard Parmesan rind, if using. Divide the soup among 4 bowls, and top with pesto.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
16g Fat
28g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 1951IU 39%
Vitamin C 38mg 42%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 60mcg 15%
Vitamin K 83mcg 69%
Sodium 595mg 26%
Calcium 218mg 17%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 77mg 18%
Potassium 461mg 10%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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