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Kale and Cabbage Soup

Kale and Cabbage Soup

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I made this recipe as a spin-off of Portuguese kale soup. I liked it so much! I like to serve this with freshly squeezed lemon juice or grated Parmesan cheese (but not both).

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 199 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 25g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 10.6 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 3278 mg
  • 131%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Combine tomatoes, butter, dried minced onion, salt, and black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer, place a cover on the saucepan, and cook at a simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat. Cook and stir celery, onion, garlic, and bay leaves in hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato mixture; cook and stir another 5 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard bay leaves. Pour water into the stock pot. Stir green cabbage, beef base, herbes de Provence, and red pepper flakes into the water. Loosely cover the stock pot and cook the mixture for 25 minutes.
  4. Stir kidney beans and kale into the soup. Again loosely cover the pot and continue cooking another 15 minutes.
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I really liked this soup a lot and will definitely make it again. I originally tried it because I felt the need for some greens and all that kale and cabbage fit the bill! Like the previous reviewer, I was surprised to find it a tad bland considering all the garlic and spice, but I added some tumeric for colour and then a little onion powder and just under a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and it really gave it that little kick I felt it needed. I wanted to try some ginger in it, but didn't have any on hand. And finally, I grated a generous amount of old white cheddar on top, and it tasted just great. Even my husband and my toddler loved it! Thanks much for the recipe!


I really like this soup. We have made it twice now, and enjoyed it both times. It is a little bland, although the flavor seems to get stronger as time goes by. I might play a little with different spices in the future, but overall, it is yummy and very filling. My whole family likes it!


I like that it is meat free, and so simple. The only snag in the original recipe is the 1/2 cup of beef base. What I have is a powder, and even 3 TBSP was too much. Still, it's one for the recipe box.