Cabbage Diet Soup My Way

Whole 30, Soups & Salads, Mains, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan
I don’t think a little cooking technique and olive oil is going to “undiet” this infamous Cabbage Diet Soup. Mine tastes good, like a slimmed down minestrone. This is just how I made it. You can add any green, non-starchy veggies to this and it will still be low calorie.
Cabbage Diet Soup My Way


  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces shallots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 ounces yellow onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 ounces red pepper, diced
  • 3 ounces celery, diced
  • 6 ounces fennel, stalks included, diced
  • 12 ounces green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill, chopped
  • 26.46 ounces chopped tomatoes (I used Pomi.)
  • 4 ounces frozen spinach or fresh
  • 3 quarts vegetable, chicken stock or water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced (optional)


  1. In a heavy stock pot, over medium heat, warm the olive oil, being careful not to overheat it.
  2. Sautée onions, shallots with 1/2 tablespoon of salt until translucent, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, red pepper and garlic, and saute for 3 minutes. Add the fennel and cabbage, stirring frequently. You can add more olive oil or water if you’re on a diet. Iif you’re on Whole 30, add olive oil, which is compliant. You want the veggies to sweat and caramelize a little to bring out the flavor. Add the fresh herbs and saute another minute. Add the tomatoes, stock or water, frozen spinach, bay leaves, remaining salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Cook in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes or on the stove on low heat for 2 hours.
  5. Adjust seasoning by adding more salt and pepper as you like.
  6. Serve garnished with scallions and jalapeño, if desired.
Total time:
Yield: 4 quarts approximately


I wasn’t following the Cabbage Diet when I made this soup. I am doing the intermittent fasting and figured this soup would be very low in calories to have on the days when I’m only eating 500 calories.
If you’re following whole 30, you can add potatoes or sweet potatoes or butternut to thicken the soup a bit.