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Homemade Vegetable Soup With A Cabbage Base

Updated on November 9, 2013

I Love Soup And I Love This Homemade Vegetable Soup.

Vegetable soup starts with a garden somewhere!

I've made this soup many times through the years. This recipe makes a large pot of healthy vegetable soup. I use cabbage as the base to it because it makes a healthy and hearty soup. I think if you added meat to it then it would almost become a stew at that point.

So I keep it a simple but hearty vegetable soup. It's unforgiving and actually easy and quick to make. You can make variations buy changing your vegetables and also your seasonings. So experiment and have fun with this recipe because I know if you have a garden then you have lots of wonderful vegetables to work with!

The photo above is a photo of the garden my son and I put in and lovingly cultivated last year. I love a garden and what it produces for us if tended well.

A Little Work Can Be Very Rewarding

Labors Of Love. A Fantastic Home Cooked Meal From Your Garden Or Even The Grocery!

Home Baked Bread
Home Baked Bread

The Meal

I like to add home baked bread to my homemade soup meals. If you have a bread maker tucked away in your cabinets now is the time to get it out and use it. They really aren't that hard to use and the variations are wonderful to compliment your vegetable soup.

Also slice some cheese of your choice and a fruit and your meal is complete!

If You Plant A Garden You'll Need Seeds - Depending on your planting season you might get two gardens!

If you live in the north your growing season is spring through fall. In the South you have the opportunity to have two gardens through the year. Some vegetables are heat sensitive and grow better during the winter months. So be sure to read your seed packets for the recommended growing times in your "Hardiness Zones".


Fresh produce whether from the grocery or farmers market is healthier, in my opinion, but you also want to rinse your fresh produce well before you start slicing, dicing and cooking!

Cook Time

Total Time: approx. 1 1/2 hrs.

Serves: Many


  • 1 medium head of cabbage
  • rough chopped into 1 inch pieces. (remove core unless you like it)
  • 3 -4 fresh carrots
  • peel or scrapped and cut into slices
  • 1 medium onion
  • medium chopped
  • 3 -4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • chopped
  • enough water to cover your cabbage
  • 1 can of beef bullion or 3 cubes
  • optional if vegan
  • 2 cans of stewed tomatoes or any choice you prefer or 3 fresh peeled and chopped.
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables to your taste
  • like peas & lima beans ect. I use the veg mixed or sometimes add all fresh veggies
  • If using fresh add a couple chopped potatoes ect.
  • 1/4 cup of barley or to taste (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • or any other seasonings you like
  • a sprinkle of herbs such as rosemary
  • thyme
  • oregano & basil ... all to taste and all optional


  1. In a large pot pour about a 1/4 cup of olive oil in and add cabbage, cook until cabbage starts to look translucent then add carrots and onion. Saute them approx 20 min or until they start soften and are just a little browned, add garlic, stir occasionally so that they do not burn. Once your cabbage, onion and carrots have a little browning on them add your tomatoes and water to cover. Add your bullion or broth and stir. (If you do not like tomatoes use tomatoe juice or vegetable juice the flavor is still there).
  2. I simmer all of those ingredients together for about 30 minutes then I add the bag of frozen mixed veggies. I prefer the kind with a nice mix of lima beans, peas, corn, potatoes. You can add any kind of vegetable that will cook quickly at this point that you like, fresh or frozen. It's up to you.
  3. This is a hearty vegetable soup that tastes great! Add a crusty bread and some cheese and you have a whole meal that is homemade, healthy with "leftovers"!
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Did You Know

This soup will taste even better the next day? So make a big pot!

Everybody Loves Home Baked Bread - You Can Make It

Remember that wonderful smell of bread cooling on the counter? With everyone's busy schedules you can have home baked bread with a bread maker. Just add ingredients and the machine will do the work. By the time you get home from work or done with your chores you bread will be ready for dinner.

Serve Your Soup In An Appetizing Way!

Beautiful serving bowls.

The Right Pot For The Job!

As you add ingredients it a fact that your soup pot will fill up so make sure yours is big enough!

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    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious! Pinned to my vegetables board and blessed - eating foods like a good vegetable soup is like a ticket to good health.

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      You got a nice garden! I'll give this recipe a try as soon as my cabbages are ready for harvest. Nice lens!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      This looks delicious. I have one cabbage left in the garden, which I will use to make this soup. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Einar A profile image

      Einar A 6 years ago

      Cabbage soup is one of my favorites, and your recipe looks like a good one to try!

    • Sunflower Susan profile image

      Sunflower Susan 6 years ago

      I love soups. Cabbage is great, it gives a subtle sweet flavor that I love. I love your motorcycle lenses, too. I don't have one any more, but hope to again one day. :o)