Hot & Hearty Cabbage Stew For A Healthy Diet

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I wasn’t trying to lose weight but the scales inched downward anyway when enjoying this delicious hot & hearty cabbage stew recipe for a few lunches. Cabbage, broth, tomato sauce, peppers & onions and a can of mixed vegetables was all I needed.


HOT & HEARTY CABBAGE STEW! I wasn't trying to lose weight but the scales inched downward when enjoying this delicious soup for a week's worth of lunches. #TexasHomesteader

Cabbage Stew As A Weight Watchers Meal?

While visiting with a friend recently she commented that she had been eating lots of cabbage stew lately. Cabbage stew? I’d never heard of cabbage stew but as she described it I was intrigued. YUM!

This friend mentioned that cabbage stew was a healthy soup option on her Weight Watchers program. Although I wasn’t really looking to lose weight I’ve been wanting to try this soup for a while now.

You see, I used to grab a sandwich or something for lunch. But I wanted to eat healthier than a sandwich. I wanted something with lots of vegetables. So especially during the cold winter months I like to enjoy hot soups & stews for lunch. 

I’ve started an endless soup regimen where I can enjoy ready-made hot  lunches for about a week. So these healthier lunches are still quick – I just ladle in some soup, heat it up and enjoy!

Quick & Easy Cabbage Stew

I still have lots of dehydrated cabbage in the pantry so I figured I’d incorporate cabbage stew as my soup of choice for the coming week. (but of course you can use fresh chopped cabbage instead of dehydrated.)

Then I just pile in the veggies leftover from prior meals that are needing to be used from my refrigerator. Such things as leftover carrots, green beans or peas.

Then I enjoy hot-n-hearty cabbage soup for several days. And when using this cabbage stew for a week-long endless soup I often just add a can of veggies every day or so – juice and all. 

This is a very flexible recipe of course. Pile in the veggies you love the most. But here’s the base Cabbage Stew recipe I typically start with:

Hot & Hearty Cabbage Stew

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage, healthy, soup, stew


  • cups  Chopped cabbage
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • qt  broth
  • rib  celery, chopped
  • small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped (about 1 large)
  • 1 15 oz can mixed vegetables, Un-drained
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Seasoning Options:

  • Mexican flavored - season with cumin & chili powder
  • Italian flavored - season with basil & oregano



  1. Place all ingredients into a soup pot.

    Then cover the soup pot & simmer gently until vegetables are tender - about 15-20 minutes.

  2. Season to taste. 

    Serve soup hot.

Recipe Notes

My favorite serving option:  Season with chili powder & cumin, ladle into bowls and top with sharp cheddar and sliced jalapenos


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13 thoughts on “Hot & Hearty Cabbage Stew For A Healthy Diet

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    Just looking at that soup is making me hungry! Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

  2. Michelle Cruz Rosado

    I am totally in love with this recipe! As a long-time vegan I am always looking for hearty recipes for the winter, and this one I am definitely trying this weekend (and sharing of course) 🙂

    Thank you so much!
    (found via #HomeMattersLinkyParty

  3. Tracy Lynn

    Just stopping by from the Simple Homestead Blog Hop. My hubby has been asking for cabbage stew for the longest time…no more excuses, I finally have a recipe!! Thanks so much!

  4. Bonnie V

    Sounds yummy. I love adding cabbage to soup. It adds good flavor and makes it a lot more filling.

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

  5. Cynthia D

    I made Cabbage Stew except I used fresh cabbage, celery, carrots. Then I used frozen green peppers and tomatoes instead of tomato sauce since I had them added a few spices and we will use this for lunch for the next few days. Thanks

  6. Lisa from Iroquois

    I made hamburger soup the other day and just because I happened to have a fresh cabbage in the fridge I added a hunk of it to pot. Except for the ground beef my soup looks a lot like your cabbage soup. Very yummy and warming on days on weekends like this when it is -23 (in south eastern Ontario this weekend).

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Oh yes Lisa, this soup can have meat or not. (If RancherMan’s gonna enjoy it, there must be MEAT! LOL) It can have various additional veggies, or not. I love that it’s so customizable and still be delicious! ~TxH~

  7. Easy Peasy Life Matters

    We have lots of dehydrated veggies but never know what to make with them so this recipe is awesome!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Soups are my favorite way to use my dehydrated veggies. My weekly ‘Endless Soup” always has several different dehydrated veggies in it. Sometimes the soup is spicy mexican flavored, sometimes it’s italian flavored, sometimes it’s just homestyle stew seasoned but it’s always delicious! ~TxH~

  8. ColleenB.~Texas

    Looks Wonderful. Now if only I could smell it :}
    Seems like I have been making more soups this year than I had in years past. We just finished off my Chicken and Rice soup
    Course I will have to use fresh instead of the dehydrated veggies but plan on adding this recipe to the rest of my soup recipes.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      As soon as my dehydrated cabbage is gone I’ll certainly be using fresh as well Colleen. Fresh is always my preference, but when I find a great deal at the store or have too much I often dehydrate produce to be used later. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this soup was. (and also pleasantly surprised that it actually DID make the scales inch downward for me too… LOL) ~TxH~

      1. ColleenB.~Texas

        From the looks of the picture, looks like you also added whole kernel corn and green beans of which I thought about doing

        1. Texas Homesteader Post author

          Yessum, the pic was taken after I “bumped it up” for RancherMan’s more hearty soup needs. But when making my endless soup I typically add a can of veggies every few days and depending upon what variety of soup I’m enjoying I’ll add either corn, green beans, mixed veggies, or even ranch-styled beans. Adding those cans of veggies is how that soup pot keeps me in soup lunches for a week, and it increases my veggie intake too. ~TxH~


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