Cabbage Soup {Low Calorie} – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

How To Make Low Calorie Cabbage Soup

The left photo is a dutch oven full of chopped veggies with a 1 printed over it, and the right has a two printed over it and it's a shot of the dutch oven with the seasonings added on top of the vegetables

Step 1: Caramelize Veggies

Heat your oil in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and then add garlic, large onion, leek, carrot, and salt. Cook, stirring often until the vegetables start to brown, which will take about 5 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking the veggies, stirring occasionally, until they are very soft and caramelized. That will take about 13 to 15 minutes. 

Note: As the veggies cook, add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water if necessary to prevent the veggies from browning too much before they soften entirely. Allow the liquid to evaporate in the last three or four minutes so that the veggies can fully brown.

Step 2: Add Seasonings

Add the paprika, thyme, carraway and pepper and cook – stirring – until the spices are fragrant, 10 to 45 seconds.

The left photo has the number 3 in the corner and it shows a hand squeezing lemon in the pot to deglaze it, while the right photo shows number 4 and the addition of tomatoes, celery, cabbage and broth being poured into the dutch oven

Step 3: Deglaze

Deglaze the large pot with lemon juice, stirring and cooking until the liquid is evaporated, which will take 10 to 30 seconds.

Step 4: Add Remaining Ingredients

Add the canned tomatoes, stock or broth, raw cabbage, and celery. Increase the heat to high, cover, and bring the soup to a simmer.

the left photo with a five on it shows the blue dutch oven with the top slightly askew, and the right photo with a 6 on it shows the soup near completion with herbs on top

Step 5: Simmer and Adjust Heat

Once the soup comes to a simmer, tilt the lid to an askew position, reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering gently. All the while, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is meltingly tender – 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 6: Serve

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and dill. Serve your cabbage soup drizzled with a little olive oil if desired.

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