Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

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(The following is not medical advice, it is for informational purposes only.  Please consult your doctor before beginning any weight loss programs.)

Cabbage Soup is one of our favorite recipes all year long!

It’s vibrant, healthy and totally delicious.  This easy cabbage soup recipe has loads of fresh vegetables and of course cabbage all simmered in a delicious broth!

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Easy Prep

With just a few minutes of preparation, your slow cooker does all of the work making this the perfect meal to enjoy all week long!

Cabbage just seems to be the perfect addition to soups from rich and tomatoey (like Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe) to velvety Creamy Sausage & Cabbage Soup.

I make a batch of Weight Loss Vegetable Soup almost every week.

I enjoy it for lunches and sometimes have a small bowl in the afternoon as a snack or before dinner to fill me up with something healthy!

Full of Healthy Vegetables

I find eating a nice hearty bowl of cabbage soup before a meal not only helps me get more veggies into my diet, but also to keep my calories in check for the rest of the meal.

Cabbage is one of my all time favorite vegetables!

This easy cabbage soup recipes takes just minutes to put together and then lets your crock pot do all of the work!

How Do You Make Cabbage Soup in a Crock Pot?

As easy as my original cabbage soup recipe is, I have been asked countless times how to make cabbage soup in the crock pot.

I wanted a recipe that could not only be effortlessly simmered in my slow cooker, but that would also have flavors that lend itself well to several additions.

The base flavor of this soup is perfect to eat on its own or to add in your favorite lean protein (like chicken) and healthy carbohydrates (like brown rice) to create new soups to enjoy all week.

It can be easily tailored to your own likes or to use up whatever vegetables you may have on hand.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Cabbage Soup in a crockpot

What goes in Cabbage Soup?

There are many cabbage soup recipes and several versions of the cabbage soup diet recipe.  They all contain a combination of vegetables and sometimes vegetable juice or even packaged onion soup mix.

I prefer to use a combination of ingredients that are low sodium and low sugar to create healthier version, make it Weight Watchers friendly (zero points) and keep the calories under 50 calories per cup.

While you can use your favorite combinations, there are a few essentials you’ll need to make this slow cooker soup recipe; cabbage, vegetables, broth and seasonings/spices.


Of course you’ll need fresh cabbage to start with (you can find info about choosing the right varieties of cabbage here).

For this recipe I use fresh vegetables washed, sliced and added directly to the slow cooker (no need to pre-cook).

The vegetables added to this cabbage soup were selected for the ability to stand up to the slow cooker without getting mushy plus they all reheat well.

If you’d like to add in extra (or different) vegetables, be sure to keep cook/reheat times in mind.

For example zucchini and broccoli both cook quite quickly and should be added in the last hour of cooking so they don’t get mushy.


I prefer a chicken broth (or homemade chicken stock if possible) but if you’d like to keep this vegetarian, a vegetable broth will work too.

Using low sodium broth and low sodium canned tomatoes will help keep the salt levels in check for this recipe.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Cabbage Soup in a slow cooker

What Spices Go Well With Cabbage Soup?

This soup uses aromatics such as onions and garlic to flavor the broth.  A bit of tomato paste adds some richness and finally I add Italian Seasoning.

Italian seasoning can be found in the spice aisle and it’s a combination of basil, oregano, rosemary and a few other spices.

It’s versatile and adds great flavor to this soup.  Feel free to add your favorites like Homemade Taco Seasoning or a few dashes of hot sauce.

Finally, just before serving, we add fresh herbs including parsley and basil. Fresh herbs are best added at the end of cooking as this keeps the flavors fresh.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Cabbage Soup in bowls

How Long Does it Take to Cook Cabbage Soup?

We cook this recipe on the weekends and eat it throughout the week for dinners and lunches.

This easy cabbage soup is quick to prepare and then the slow cooker does all of the work.

In the Crock Pot, this cabbage soup takes about 8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.

If you’d like to make this a little bit faster you can cook it on the stove top for about 25 minutes or until all of the vegetables are tender.

To freeze it, I portion it into individual servings in freezer bags.

To defrost, I place a bag in the fridge the night before and by lunch the next day it’s ready to warm up in just a couple of minutes.

The best thing about this soup is that it’s delicious as a base to create meals all week long.

While we enjoy it as a perfect vegetable soup but we also add in our favorites to create new soups for meals throughout the week.


Adding lean protein along with some healthy carbohydrates can transform this recipe into delicious new flavor combinations to enjoy all week long!

The vegetables and seasonings in this soup are versatile and will pair well with many additions.

  • Turkey Noodle Soup: Add cooked whole wheat noodles with shredded turkey breast or chicken breast
  • Chicken Rice Soup: Cooked ground chicken (or chicken breast) and brown or wild rice.
  • Quinoa Vegetable Soup:  Cooked quinoa with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  • Italian Bean Soup: Rinsed canned cannellini beans (white kidney beans), fresh basil and a dash of parmesan cheese.
  • Skinny Beef Vegetable Soup: Cooked extra lean ground beef and diced sweet potato.
  • Seafood Soup:  Salmon, shrimp & parsley. (Put into the soup raw and cook 7-10 minutes).
  • Vegetable Minestrone:  Kidney beans, whole wheat macaroni noodles, fresh basil.

The possibilities to create new flavors with this recipe are endless! Let us know what YOUR FAVORITE additions are!

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4.93 from 27 votes
Review Recipe

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 14 cups
Author Holly Nilsson
Cabbage Soup is one of our favorite recipes all year long! It’s vibrant, healthy and totally delicious.


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 4 cups cabbage chopped (approx. ¼ head of cabbage)
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup green beans chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 whole bell peppers chopped
  • 28 ounces low sodium diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach coarsely chopped

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  • Combine all vegetables in a large crock pot.
  • Add canned tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves, italian seasoning, pepper and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  • Once cooked, add parsley, basil and spinach and cook for 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 41, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 70mg, Potassium: 283mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2631IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword cabbage soup, cabbage soup diet, diet, healthy, skinny, weight loss
Course Soup
Cuisine American

Cabbage and Weight Loss

(The following is not medical advice, it is for informational purposes only.  Please consult your doctor before beginning any weight loss programs)

Is Cabbage Soup Good For Burning Fat?

This soup is perfect on it’s own enjoyed as a vegetable soup.  It’s naturally low in calories and fat and high in fiber.

While people often think of cabbage as a fat burning food, no food can actually burn fat.

We’ve all heard of the cabbage soup diet which, according to WebMD, is a short-term weight loss method that will help you lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days.

What Can You Eat on the Cabbage Soup Diet?

Basically, for 7 days you eat a version of, you guessed it, cabbage soup.  Along with soup, the cabbage soup diet meal plan includes small portions of fruits and nutrient-dense veggies, rice, meats (chicken, fish, or beef), potatoes, fruit juice, and milk.


As most of us know, according to, a healthy diet includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy and healthy grains!

Cabbage is a vegetable and it’s good for you, loaded with vitamins, low calorie (and delicious).

We add cabbage to soups, coleslaws and casseroles. It can be incorporated into most weight loss programs or into a regular healthy diet!

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Recipe Rating


  1. Had neither bell peppers nor celery stalks, but substituted one drained can of spinach for the peppers and celery salt for the celery. Had only 2 cups of chicken broth but added 4 cups of water.

    The cabbage coup turned out good but had a slight tart taste due to the substitution of the spinach.

    Oh, I also added two cups of diced precooked ham when there was an hour of cooking time left.

    All in all it was not bad, the ham was a nice addition, but I would definitely not add the spinach again.

    Thank you so much for the recipe!

  2. I am interested in fixing this recipe and most likely, will.
    My question is: what size crockpot is required? The largest I have is a 4-quart one.

    1. I would suggest halving the recipe with a 4qt slow cooker. You’ll want to ensure the slow cooker is no more than 3/4 full.

  3. This was really good I doubled most of the spices added extra potato’s, cabbage and cartos but it was so good and tangy from the bell peppers.5 stars

    1. Using low sodium broth and low sodium canned tomatoes, approximately 65-70mg this is the estimation by our nutrition calculator. This can vary by brand so if you are watching sodium intake, be sure to check your brands or you could use an online calculator to add the exact brands you use. I hope that helps. Enjoy the recipe!

  4. Hello Holly

    I am wanting to make this recipe today. My question for you is I prefer to use my low sodium chicken broth but I don’t have enough on hand. I also have low sodium beef broth. I do prefer chicken over beef so my question is this, do I add what chicken broth I have and top it up with beef or use all beef. Also should I drain the tomato’s?

    1. I think half beef and half chicken broth would work just fine. The tomatoes do not need to be drained. Let us know how it goes!

  5. Turned out amazing! I added a little curry, Adobo seasoning and shaved parmesan cheese at serving time. It was delish!!!5 stars

  6. Made this today. Reminds me of the WW soup back in the day. Really good, I added zucchini and red pepper flakes. Looking forward to eating for lunch this week. Going to try and freeze some as well.5 stars

  7. Why didn’t you say to sauté the onions and carrots? They are crunchy and not cooked completely. This is not edible.

    1. I don’t saute or pre-cook the onions and carrots and they come out perfectly tender for me. As it’s a vegetable soup, you can leave it longer to cook if yours is not done yet.

  8. Made your soup this morning and it was the most delicious cabbage soup I have ever tasted. Did not have green beans, so substituted zucchini I had on hand. Sprinkled grated cheese on top for garnish. Will make again. Thanks!

  9. The soup was delicious and my boyfriend loved it. I added ground Turkey meat and Italian seasoning to make a variation of Italian Soup.5 stars

  10. I thought your add in recipes were in need of a fiesta “inspired” suggestion. Perhaps its been done, only it was unsuccessful.

    My thoughts:Brown some ground turkey along with some fresh bell peppers/onions diced tomatoes(fresh), canned green Chiles(optional) a little taco seasonings & water let it simmer a few then add it to the soup. Top with or without shredded cheese and/or tortilla chips/rice etc.
    I’ve never tried it but sounds good, I think I will do so now.

  11. I am very new to the cooking world and I was looking for easy healthy ways to start off and I made this last night and it was delicious, i added chick peas ,used kale instead of spinach and added a little bit of cumin . My husband and I both loved it so much :) thanks for the recipe to encourage me to keep cooking -cheers5 stars

    1. I am thrilled you enjoyed this recipe Lori! I hope you find many more to try and love!