Try our German classic variations and bring some variety to the table!

While we tend to opt for lighter meals in the summer, hearty stews and soups taste especially good in the fall and winter months. Whether it’s a sauerkraut salad with meat, stuffed cabbage rolls or minced meat as a side dish in a pot – the preparation of white cabbage has a long tradition in German cuisine and can be used to conjure up a wide variety of delicious dishes. Chopped vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients and it is difficult to imagine our table without them. In today’s post we’d like to introduce you to another German classic from our childhood, and that’s our best cabbage soup recipe. Grandmother’s style, French cabbage soup or from the Thermomix – cabbage soup variations are very big and the recipe warms our soul. What are you waiting for? Read and go to the oven!

Is cabbage soup healthy?

White cabbage is one of the most popular types of cabbage in Europe and is available from June to April. The crunchy vegetable is a true superfood and provides us with many health-promoting nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, potassium and selenium during the cold season. It also strengthens our immune system, has an anti-inflammatory effect and contains only 22 calories per 100 grams. Cabbage soup is also known as “Magic Soup” in America or “Magic Cabbage Soup” in Germany. You may have heard about the Cabbage Soup Diet, which is said to help us lose 10 to 15 pounds in a short period of time. This is because the body has to work harder to digest high-fiber foods and vegetables, so it burns more calories than it takes in. Although the cabbage soup is healthy, the diet is very strict and the daily calorie intake is very low. As you know, such crash diets are not recommended and instead you should focus on a balanced diet.

The best recipe for grandma’s cabbage soup

Recipe Cabbage Soup Thermomix Quick Dinner Vegetarian

A juicy skyr cake or a quick 3-ingredient snack – as amateur cooks, we love to try new foods. But even the classics, like our recipe for grandma’s cabbage soup, bring back good taste and good childhood memories. Full of flavor and irresistibly sweet – perfect for an easy dinner!

Ingredients soup:

  • 1 cube of beef
  • 250 grams of minced beef
  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf, washed and roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Cabbage soup:

  • 1 small head of white cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 300 grams of tomatoes, peeled
  • 3 Viennese sausages or Metchen
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 100 grams of boiled chicken (optional but recommended)
  • 2 bay leaves, dried
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey
  • Some fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

French Cabbage Soup Recipe Low Calorie Dinner Recipes


  • For the meat, boil the water with the meat and add greens, red onion and beef stock.
  • Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat and cook covered for 1.5 hours. Stir occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.
  • Fry onions in sugar and birch leaves for 15 minutes until transparent.
  • Add the cooked ham, tomatoes and camo and simmer in the uncovered pot for another 15 minutes.
  • Then add some of the meat broth and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Clean the cabbage well, remove the stem and cut thin layers.
  • Strain the soup through a sieve and collect the liquid. Cut the breast well.
  • Bring the beef broth to the boil and cook it with the white cabbage, beef, sausage and parsley for 15 minutes.
  • Then add the soup, mix well and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with salt and pepper and a little sour cream if desired. And voilà – this is the perfect recipe for grandma’s cabbage soup!

French Cabbage Soup à la “Louis de Funes”

A quick recipe for cabbage soup according to my grandmother's recipe

Want to cook something delicious and unique for dinner? Then you should definitely remember our recipe French Cabbage Soup à la Louis de Funes! The classic was popularized in the German movie “La soup auc choux” and in German “Louis and the Extraterrestrial Cabbage” and has been growing in popularity ever since. However, the film does not give a recipe for cabbage soup, leaving a lot of room for your own experiments.


  • 1 large white cabbage
  • 300 grams of beef leg
  • 200 grams of smoked bacon
  • 500 grams of potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 500 grams of red onion, finely chopped
  • 300 grams of carrots, cut into small pieces
  • 7 quintals of white garlic
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 slice of French bread or brown bread of your choice
  • 4 liters of water
  • 1 liter of white wine
  • 1 liter of sweet cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Cabbage soup diet low calorie dinner to lose weight


  • Cut the white cabbage, remove the stem and outer leaves and cut into small pieces.
  • Put the water and cabbage in the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add red onion, carrot and shallot, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Then add the potatoes and garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Add the tomato and mix well.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and garnish the French cabbage soup with bacon.
  • Serve with the bread and enjoy!

Cabbage soup recipe for weight loss

Recipe Cabbage Soup Vegan White Cabbage Meals Dinner

Want to lose a few extra kilos? Then you will love our weight loss cabbage soup recipe! Only 150 calories per serving and still very tasty – perfect for an easy, low-calorie dinner! And the best? Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and use other vegetables of your choice.

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 1 medium head of white cabbage
  • 1 package of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 100 grams of green beans
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 liters of water
  • Salt and pepper

Cabbage soup recipe classic cabbage soup diet to lose weight


  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté the onion, carrot, pepper and celery for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cabbage, green beans and bay leaves and stir.
  • Deglaze with chopped tomatoes and water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and cover for 40-45 minutes.
  • Salt and pepper season and low-calorie cabbage soup is ready for your weight loss!

Lentil soup with quinoa and cabbage

Light Weight Meals Thin Cabbage Soup Recipe

And finally, a great recipe for cabbage soup with a difference. Packed with flavor and only 270 calories per serving, this quinoa and lentil mix is ​​the perfect fall dinner!


  • 1 medium head of white cabbage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 150 grams of lentils
  • 90 grams of quinoa
  • 1 liter of water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Cabbage Soup Recipe Grandma's Style DDR Recipe Dinner


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and fry the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage and cook for another 5 minutes until soft.
  • Add lentils and water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the quinoa, tomatoes, soy sauce and vinegar and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove the cabbage soup from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and enjoy!

Cabbage soup according to my grandmother's recipe for dinner

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