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Rustic Cabbage and Root Vegetable Soup in black bowl garnished with parsley.

Rustic Cabbage and Root Vegetable Soup

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Rustic Cabbage and Root Vegetable Soup is humble, earthy, sweet and sour and so satisfying on a winter night.
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine Russian / East European
Diet Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8
Calories 153


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 medium turnips or 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage approximately ½ head
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 10 pitted prunes chopped
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28-ounce) whole tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • Sour cream or plain yogurt optional


  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large nonreactive soup pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions and garlic, reduce heat to medium and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often or until onion begins to soften.
  • Add the carrots, turnips and red bell pepper and saute another 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the cabbage, sprinkle with salt and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the dill, prunes, raisins and vegetable broth. Using kitchen shears, coarsely chop the tomatoes into small pieces in the can. Add to soup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes. Add honey, cider vinegar, salt and black pepper to taste. Top with fresh parsley.
  • Serve with sour cream or plain yogurt if desired.


MAKE AHEAD:  Can be made 1-2 days ahead of time.  Reheat on the stovetop or microwave.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Freeze in portions in airtight containers as desired for 2-3 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave.  Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 5277IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg