May 7, 2021
Cabbage Diet Soup My Way

Cabbage Diet Soup My Way

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I don’t think a little cooking technique and olive oil is going to “undiet” this infamous Cabbage Diet Soup. Mine tastes good, like a slimmed down minestrone. This is just how I made it. You can add any green, non-starchy veggies to this and it will still be low calorie.


  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces shallots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 ounces yellow onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 ounces red pepper, diced
  • 3 ounces celery, diced
  • 6 ounces fennel, stalks included, diced
  • 12 ounces green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill, chopped
  • 26.46 ounces chopped tomatoes (I used Pomi.)
  • 4 ounces frozen spinach or fresh
  • 3 quarts vegetable, chicken stock or water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced (optional)


  1. In a heavy stock pot, over medium heat, warm the olive oil, being careful not to overheat it.
  2. Sautée onions, shallots with 1/2 tablespoon of salt until translucent, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, red pepper and garlic, and saute for 3 minutes. Add the fennel and cabbage, stirring frequently. You can add more olive oil or water if you’re on a diet. Iif you’re on Whole 30, add olive oil, which is compliant. You want the veggies to sweat and caramelize a little to bring out the flavor. Add the fresh herbs and saute another minute. Add the tomatoes, stock or water, frozen spinach, bay leaves, remaining salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Cook in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes or on the stove on low heat for 2 hours.
  5. Adjust seasoning by adding more salt and pepper as you like.
  6. Serve garnished with scallions and jalapeño, if desired.

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