Healthy Cabbage Soup

This Healthy Cabbage Soup is low-fat, guilt-free and will satisfy your appetite without adding calories.  The best thing?  It doesn’t taste guilt-free!

Gah!!!  You guysssss…let me just say, I know you’re gonna love it.

Healthy Cabbage Soup 04 | Inspiration KitchenIt’s happening here.  An amazing, super healthy, low fat, easy Cabbage Soup that will leave you feeling satisfied and good about having seconds!  🙂

I have been working on a project recently that led me to this recipe.  Then, there it was.  Cabbage Soup.  It totally popped into my head, and just wouldn’t leave.

Healthy Cabbage Soup | Inspiration KitchenI’m so glad it found it’s way home. 🙂  Because I think you’re going to love it!

You know what you’ll love about it?

  1. It’s really easy;
  2. It’s healthy, low fat and can be made in one pot;
  3. It uses almost zero spices; yet the flavors of the vegetables add enough flavor for the entire soup.

Healthy Cabbage Soup 03 | Inspiration KitchenThe spices used in this recipe are simple:  red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

All of the rest of the flavor comes from the vegetables and a bit of ground turkey for protein.


NO problem.  Just  leave out the turkey!  But, don’t forget to add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Because that would be just criminal. 🙂

Healthy Cabbage Soup 02 | Inspiration KitchenI added the red pepper flakes when I cooked the turkey to soften them, so if you ix-nay on the turkey, don’t throw the baby red pepper flakes out with the bathwater turkey!

Be sure to add the spices to the vegetables! Because that’s how you’re going to like it!


Healthy Cabbage Soup
This Healthy Cabbage Soup is low-fat, healthy, guilt-free and will satisfy your appetite without adding calories. The best thing? It doesn't taste guilt-free!
Recipe type: Soups
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 and ¼ pound ground turkey, 99% fat free
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 1 medium-sized head of cabbage, torn into bite-sized chunks
  • ¾ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced green pepper
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chopped tomatoes, with juice
  1. Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray. Heat on medium-high until hot. Add ground turkey and season with red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Cook until done and set aside.
  2. Add 8 cups of water to a large stockpot.
  3. Add all ingredients (cabbage, onions, celery, green pepper, garlic cloves, tomatoes and cooked turkey).
  4. Turn heat to medium-high until boiling. Cabbage will cook down a LOT. If you need to add additional water, add 2 additional cups of water.
  5. When the water heats to boiling, turn down to medium-low or low so that soup simmers. Cook roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.
  6. Serve!

Healthy Cabbage Soup


  1. says

    Thank you for this inspiration (haha) because I have some cabbage in the fridge and my husband and I love it. I usually just slice it and make an Asian stir-fry with some dried shrimp and julienned carrots. I can never think of how else to use it simply. Soup makes perfect sense and I love how easy this is. That is my type of cooking!
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    • says

      I’m so glad you like it Monica! I am a huge fan of cabbage, so it was perfect for soup. My inspiration was Cabbage Rolls – remember those? 🙂

    • says

      Thanks for the pin Marcie! We can be weird together, because I adore cabbage! Every single time I make it, I wonder why it isn’t a weekly staple!

    • says

      Awesome Manali! You were EXACTLY who I was thinking of with my “Vegetarian? No problem!” statement in the post! I thought you might love it, minus the meat! So, I’m so glad you like the recipe! xoxo

    • says

      I know, right Renee? The cold weather makes us forget that summer (and bathing suits!) are just around the corner! No more trickery! We’re eating healthy now! xoxo

    • says

      GAH! I’m going to your site now Alice, because I love cabbage! I’ve got to try that Asian broth soup with cabbage! Please tell me you’ve posted that. And, if not, when are you going to? 🙂 Momma needs to eat, and it sounds nummy!

    • says

      Hahaha! I know, right Elizabeth! Everyone on my team was SO sick of Cabbage Soup after that diet! But, I can assure you, this one is tasty and you only need to have one bowl! 🙂

    • says

      OMGosh Isadora, I adore cabbage! It’s awesome in stir frys, shredded in fish tacos (instead of lettuce), great in soups – you name it! What I love about it so much is that it is much firmer than lettuce, so it doesn’t welt, and it brings its own distinct flavor! Having it in fish tacos is where I love it the most!

    • says

      OMGosh Shawn, it was ALL the rage back then, and I was like “whaaaaat?????” So glad I didn’t join them because I probably would’ve had a different view of Cabbage Soup! And this one is to great to miss! Woohoo on the red peppers!!! xoxo

  2. says

    Delicious looking soup Kristi…and somehow I love the idea of low fat…especially when it does not taste like one…somehow I always forget to put cabbage in my soups…
    Thanks for the inspiration…hope you are having a wonderful week my dear 🙂
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    • says

      I don’t use cabbage often enough either Juliana – and I don’t know why, because I absolutely love it! And, I’m happy to sneak low fat in, especially if it doesn’t taste like it!

    • says

      Thanks Ananda! I know that you love soups! You gave me a soup recipe that I’m still so excited to try! I think you like my soups as much as I adore your DIY projects! I so want to do each of your projects with you!

    • says

      OMGosh Gina – I love cabbage! Sometimes I just sweat it with onions and eat it as a side veggie with a drizzle of balsamic. It brings such great flavor on its own, and doesn’t need much else! 🙂

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