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cabbage soup diet

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe with Protein Added

Summer Yule
You’ll love this cabbage soup diet recipe with protein added from lean beef and bone broth. Delicious, under 500 calories, and SO FILLING!
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 401 kcal


  • 1 lb. ground beef, lean (454 grams; 93/7 beef)
  • 25 ounces shredded cabbage (709 grams; about ½ small head)
  • 1 lb. onions (454 grams; about 2-3 medium onions)
  • 1 lb. bell peppers (454 grams; 2 medium peppers of any color)
  • lbs. celery (680 grams; about 1 bunch)
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • cups beef bone broth
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 28 ounce cans chopped tomatoes (794 grams per can; do not drain)
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (double-concentrated)
  • ¼ cup cilantro or parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)


  • Roughly chop the cabbage into small slices or shreds about ¼-inch (0.6 cm) thick. Cut the onions, bell peppers, and celery into ½-inch dice (1.27 cm). Slice the scallions and mince the garlic.
  • Brown the ground beef over medium heat on the stovetop, breaking it into crumbles with a spatula as it cooks. It will take about 10 minutes. (You can use a skillet or stockpot for this step.)
  • Put the beef and all of the rest of the ingredients (except the parsley or cilantro) into a large stockpot. My Dutch oven was not big enough for this job. Give everything a good stir.
  • Let the ingredients in the stockpot come to a simmer over medium heat. Let the soup simmer for one hour with the lid off, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat down to medium-low for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  • Garnish with the cilantro or parsley. Makes five (or more!) servings of tasty soup!


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). This recipe makes five HUGE servings at approximately 400 calories each. Though this may seem counterintuitive, if you need a higher energy meal, I’d consider cutting back on the serving size here because it is tough to eat more. Replace some of this filling soup with some energy-dense bread, crackers, and/or cheese to add more calories.
If you are using the cabbage soup diet to lose weight, remember that quick fixes don’t lead to long term results. There is no reason to solely stick to this soup if you are trying to lose weight. Any combination of foods that result in the maintenance of a calorie deficit can lead to weight loss.
That said, you don’t want to starve yourself in the name of weight loss. The cabbage soup diet plan (outlined above) could be too low calorie for your needs. Depending on how much you eat, the boring nature of the diet could lead to undereating (under 1000 calories per day).
You should consult with your physician or dietitian if you want to try a very low-calorie diet. There is a higher risk of nutrient deficiencies if you cut your calories too low. Your doctor or RD can help make sure you are losing weight in a safe way, rather than “detox dieting.”
A few quick notes about this soup: stick with small servings at first if you typically eat a low fiber diet. This soup may cause some GI disturbance if your body isn’t accustomed to all the fiber.
Also, this is a cabbage soup that’s heavy on the cabbage. The cabbage may be overpowering for some people, so skip this one unless you enjoy this cruciferous veggie.
Nutrition information is for one serving.


Calories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 50.6gProtein: 32.5gFat: 7.7gSaturated Fat: 3gPotassium: 1359.8mgFiber: 13.3gVitamin A: 173.5% DVVitamin C: 353.4% DVIron: 48.4% DV
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