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Clear Red Cabbage Soup Recipe | Easy & Healthy

Updated on April 27, 2015

Note: This recipe is Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined Sugar-Free, but is absolutely flavor-FULL!

Try this healthy red cabbage soup with the tasteful addition of carrots, french beans and gluten-free pasta!
Try this healthy red cabbage soup with the tasteful addition of carrots, french beans and gluten-free pasta! | Source

Clear soups are perfect for summer, as they are light and easy to have for a quick midday snack or even dinner. The beauty about clear soups is that they can be had piping hot, warm or even cool! This clear red cabbage soup recipe combines divine spices and garlic to bring a unique flavor-fest for your taste buds. Red cabbage is a highly nutritious vegetable that is surprisingly less popular than its green counterpart, but with this easy yet healthy recipe, red cabbage should be making regular appearances in your weekly menu!

Why Red Cabbage Soup?

Although both green cabbage and red cabbage are both packed with nutrients, you should know that red cabbage has up to 10 times more Vitamin A than green cabbage, making it one vegetable that you should eat as often as you can. We find green cabbage added to many dishes, but red cabbage rarely makes an appearance on the dining table! Well, apart from the usual stir fry, you can make this beautiful pink soup with red cabbage that is sure to wow your family and friends.

Apart from Vitamin A, red cabbage is also rich in Vitamin K (important for good bone health), Vitamin C (for a strong immune system) and Iron (needed for the proper transportation of red blood cells in the body).

Soups are a heart-warming and healthy way to get much-needed nutrients into our diet, in addition to fresh juices and wholesome grains. So let's get on to this quick and easy yet utterly tasty red cabbage soup recipe!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup of red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mixed vegetables of choice, chopped (I used carrot & French beans)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • Gluten-free pasta (optional), I used just a handful. Feel free to use more.
  • 3 garlic pods
  • 1 - 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1- inch piece of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste


1. In a large cooking pot or pan, heat up 2 teaspoons of olive oil and toss in all the spices and garlic at a go.

These are the only spices and herbs you'll be using in this red cabbage soup recipe.
These are the only spices and herbs you'll be using in this red cabbage soup recipe. | Source

2. After about 2 minutes when the aroma of the spices and garlic is infused into the oil, toss in all the veggies: red cabbage, carrot, beans and onions, at a go.

Toss in all the vegetables.
Toss in all the vegetables. | Source

3. Give this a quick stir, until the veggies are coated with the olive oil and are starting to cook. This should only take about 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Now into the cooking pot, pour in 4 cups of water along with the gluten-free pasta, if using. Add some sea salt to taste.

5. Close the lid and let it cook for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through.

6. Give the soup a quick stir and fish out the bay leaves and other spices. Check for seasoning and add more salt, if required. And voila! Your soup is all done! Wasn't that easy?! Yet it tastes so incredibly delicious and it has a subtle shade pink, too, accented by beautiful colourful veggies!

A light yet hearty red cabbage soup recipe with carrots and french beans.
A light yet hearty red cabbage soup recipe with carrots and french beans. | Source

My Tips:

  1. Want to filter the veggies and just have a totally clear soup? Go right ahead! In this case, you don't have to add any pasta at all. Some people like to filter out the veggies and just drink the soup out of a cup, and that's a quick way to get in your nutrients without having to spend time chewing through the veggies.
  2. For more of a 'meal' kind of soup, feel free to add more pasta, as you desire.
  3. You can make this soup with as many vegetables as you like, such as peas, potatoes and even spinach. On the other hand, you can prepare the soup with no extra vegetables and only red cabbage alone; tastes just as good!


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    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds really good. I never knew that red cabbage was better for you than green. Pinning and sharing.

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      Thanks for the recipe tips and these days I rarely find bay leafs near my house. But hope that I can prepare the stuff without that..

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, this sounds wonderful! And just in time, as we are struggling to eat the last few days before payday, with a donated head of red cabbage and some red onions and carrots sitting in the fridge! PERFECT timing and perfect ingredients!

      Voted up, +++, shared, pinned and wishing you had included a 'star' capsule so I could rate this at 5 stars!!

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      Looks wonderful! Your photos are gorgeous.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      This looks absolutely delicious! I love red cabbage, definitely trying out this recipe!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      What a delicious recipe for the summer time. I never had red cabbage soup and do have a craving for it. Voted up for useful!