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Last Updated on 18/03/2020 by Adina

Beautiful, creamy red cabbage soup, packed with nutritious ingredients, perfect for a weeknight dinner or for serving to guests.

red cabbage soup with apple topping

RED CABBAGE SOUP

You will not believe how good this red cabbage soup is! It tastes just as good as it looks! 🙂 I must say I totally enjoy that deep purple color. Not to mention my daughter, she was delighted to get to eat such a purple soup.

Soup is what I cook the most, I think I make soup 2 or 3 times every week. Either for lunch or dinner, soup is warming, healthy, nourishing and filling.

I make any kind of soup, from creamy soups like today’s red cabbage soup or our old-time favorite carrot soup to chunky vegetable soups, chicken soups, bean soups and so on… . We never seem to get tired of eating soup.

red cabbage soup in a bowl

INGREDIENTS FOR CABBAGE SOUP

Red cabbage:

  • Cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables, yet I often have the feeling it is a slightly underrated vegetable. Most people I know don’t really eat cabbage on a regular basis, they buy it to make a salad in summer maybe or they make a soup every once in a while.
  • I really don’t understand why! Cabbage is so tasty, so economical and there are hundreds of ways you can cook it.
  • Not only soup or salad but stewed cabbage, cabbage rolls, cabbage casserole, sauerkraut, pancakes or pies and so on.
  • Cabbage can be cooked as a main meal or as a side dish. I have even seen a recipe for a chocolate cake made with sauerkraut once, but I have to admit that I’ve never tried that.
  • And there are so many different sorts of cabbage and each of them is delicious: white cabbage, green cabbage, red cabbage, pointed cabbage, savoy cabbage, napa cabbage… you could even count the Brussels sprouts, which look like mini-cabbages.
  • For this recipe, you will need a small head or half a regular head of red cabbage, about 750 g/ 1.7 lbs.
ingredients for red cabbage soup

Spices:

  • I use the same spices I use when making German red cabbage: cloves, juniper berries and bay leaves.
  • I also use a small amount of cinnamon, a tiny pinch, and some balsamic vinegar to adjust the taste of the red cabbage soup.

Apple:

  • Also, a typical ingredient to combine with red cabbage.

Potatoes:

  • They add creaminess to the cabbage soup, allowing you to use less cream.
red cabbage soup with apple topping

Dairy:

  • Some single or heavy cream.
  • If you want to make vegan red cabbage soup, replace the dairy with a vegan alternative, like soy cream or any other kind of vegan cream.
  • Coconut cream is also great, but it changes the taste slightly.

Toppings:

  • The toppings are optional but very nice. You will need:
  • Half a very crisp red apple, very thinly sliced.
  • Some chopped pistachios.
  • Some chopped parsley.
red cabbage soup in a bowl

HOW TO MAKE A CREAMY RED CABBAGE SOUP?

  • Chop the cabbage finely. I almost always do that in the food processor (Thermomix), it takes seconds.
  • Cook the chopped onion until translucent.
  • In the meantime peel and chop the potatoes, add them to the pot together with the red cabbage.
  • Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cloves, juniper berries, bay leaves, and stock.
  • Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the finely chopped apple and simmer for 10-15 more minutes until everything is soft.
  • Remove the bay leaves and blend the soup. I leave the cloves and juniper berries in the soup, they will get blended as well.
  • I prefer to blend the soup in the food processor, that makes it really smooth. If you use the food processor, blend the soup in several batches.
  • You can also use an immersion blender to blend the soup.
  • Return the soup to the pot, add the cream or vegan alternative, salt and pepper to taste and a tiny pinch of cinnamon. Add about 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.
  • Stir well, and adjust the taste again with salt, pepper and maybe a little more balsamic vinegar.
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red cabbage soup with apple topping
red cabbage soup in a bowl

Red Cabbage Soup

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Beautiful, creamy red cabbage soup, packed with nutritious ingredients, perfect for a weeknight dinner or for serving to guests.

Ingredients

  • 750 g/ 1.7 lbs red cabbage (about ½ medium red cabbage)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 200 g/ 7 oz potatoes (1 medium to large potato)
  • 3 cloves
  • 6 juniper berries
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1,5 liter/ 51 fl.oz/ 6 ¼ cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 medium apple
  • 150 ml single or heavy cream (or vegan alternative)
  • 1 tiny pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • fine sea salt and black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped parsley, optional
  • ½ apple, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios, optional

Instructions

  1. Chop the cabbage finely. You can use a food processor. Chop the onion.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot and cook the onion until translucent.
  3. In the meantime peel and chop the potatoes. Add the potatoes and the red cabbage to the pot. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cloves, juniper berries, bay leaves, and stock. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Add the finely chopped apple and simmer for 10-15 more minutes or until everything is soft.
  6. Remove the bay leaves and blend the soup until smooth.
  7. Add the cream or vegan alternative, salt and pepper to taste and a tiny pinch of cinnamon. Add about 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.
  8. Stir well, and adjust the taste again with salt, pepper and maybe a little more balsamic vinegar.
  9. Decorate the soup with very thinly cut apple slices, chopped pistachios, and some parsley.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the soup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 1432mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 17gSugar: 32gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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