Red Cabbage Soup is the perfect recipe to warm you up on chilly days! This flavorful sweet & sour creamy soup is the perfect use for that half head of cabbage that’s sitting in your fridge!
For this reason, I almost always have leftover cabbage sitting in my fridge. Instead of letting it go to waste, I’d much rather use it to make this creamy, red cabbage soup!
This soup is naturally vegetarian, gluten free, and can easily be made vegan with one simple ingredient swap.
🛒 Red Cabbage Soup ingredients
- Red Cabbage – You can also make this soup with green cabbage, but it won’t have the same vibrant color.
- Shallots – Feel free to swap a small yellow onion if you can’t find shallots.
- Olive Oil
- Vegetable Stock – Or, for a non-vegetarian version, you can use bone broth or chicken stock.
- Potato – This lends a creaminess and gives a good body to the soup.
- Apple – I used a red apple. This gives the soup a hint of sweetness.
- Red Wine Vinegar – Adds that hint of brightness at the end. Lemon juice also works.
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Brown Sugar + Paprika – For a little heat, try adding in a pinch of cayenne.
- Heavy Cream – For a vegan version, use coconut milk.
- Salt + Pepper
- Fresh Dill + Sour Cream – For topping.
📋 How to make it
In a large pot, heat the olive oil.
Add the shallots and cook until softened. Then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the cabbage, stock, potatoes, apple, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and paprika.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
Remove pot from heat and using a blender or an immersion blender, process the soup until smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Garnish with sour cream and fresh dill, if desired. Enjoy!
✔️ Tips and substitutions
- To make this red cabbage soup vegan, replace the heavy cream with coconut milk and swap the sour cream for plain plant-based yogurt.
- I love to sprinkle crushed nuts, croutons, thin sliced cabbage, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs, or a little paprika on the top of my red cabbage soup.
- If you don’t have a blender, make the soup in a food processor or blend it in a large bowl using an immersion blender.
🕕 Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes! You can make this soup up to 4 days in advance. Store the finished soup in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. When ready to serve, warm on the stove over medium-low heat.
ℹ️ How long does it last?
The leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container.
❄️ Can I freeze red cabbage soup?
I don’t recommend freezing it because the texture is never the same when it thaws.
🍷 Wine pairings for red cabbage soup
🍽 What to serve with it
- Homemade Croutons
- Crispy Prosciutto
- Rack Of Lamb With Herb Crust
- Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers
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Red Cabbage Soup Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 shallots (minced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 5 cups red cabbage (coarsely chopped, about ½ head)
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 large russet potato (peeled and cubed)
- 1 medium apple (peeled and cubed)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Chopped fresh dill
- Sour cream
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, add the shallots and saute 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds longer, until fragrant.
- Add the cabbage, stock, potatoes, apple, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and paprika.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat and using a blender or an immersion blender, process the soup until smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Garnish with sour cream and fresh dill, if desired. Enjoy!