A while back, I was involved in a discussion about weight loss and recipes & someone said something like, “You don’t want to be stuck eating cabbage soup, do you?” I was like, “Oh my gosh, Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup? I love that stuff!” And so help me, I do! I love this old recipe.
I usually make this soup at least a couple of times a year, but I have it more often because there’s usually some in my freezer. Actually, usually, there’s a lot of soup in my freezer because I love love love me some soup. Check out my menu of Soups, Chowders & Chili. You’ll see what I’m talking about! But back to the Fat Burning Soup.
About The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup:
If memory serves right, The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup was developed, originally, as a part of what was known as the “Cabbage Soup Diet.” It went by a lot of names and was pretty restrictive, but the good thing about the diet is you were allowed to eat as much of the Cabbage Soup as you wanted. Whether you’re looking to follow that diet or not, The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup is really a fantastic soup.
What’s not to love about this Cabbage Soup? Nothing as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never gone on that Cabbage Soup Diet, but I love the soup! It tastes great, it’s low-calorie and high in nutrition, downright cheap, easy to make, and makes a big pot. And since it makes such a big pot, I like to portion some of mine out and freeze in individual servings or larger for a family. So let’s add make-ahead, meal prep, and freezer meal to that list.
When I have The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup in my freezer, I know I know I can always grab a quick container of soup for lunch or dinner. Sometimes I’ll just have it because I like it, but other times I use it for a little balance. if I’m having a day when I’m not getting my veggies in, I don’t have to think about it. I just pop some in the microwave. And if there’s been a day when I’ve pigged out the next day I can have a quick bowl for breakfast (yeah, really) lunch, or dinner.
Making The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup:
This makes a huge pot of soup. Pull out your largest stock or soup pot. In a pinch, you can divide everything into two pots. I sometimes half the recipe and it’s not so particular that you need exact measurements of everything. This is an easy dump everything in the pot recipe; the only change I’ve made from the original is I add the green beans (when I use them, see below) at the end. They’re already pretty soft and don’t need to cook long.
You might notice in the recipe includes a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix but I like to use my home-made version. I also like to change things up now with the liquid base of the soup and I might use V-8 (sometimes a little the Spicy V-8) or if we happen to have it around, a little dash of Bloody Mary Mix or some hot sauce. I just won’t ever use my Dad’s XXX version again! Been there, done that, don’t recommend it, lol! And if I’m going spicy, I might add a little finely diced jalapeno.
I do like to add a touch of vinegar and lots of black pepper when the soup is done and that’s when I check it, too, to see if it needs any salt. A lot of people like to add in garlic and/or a few herbs. You can’t go wrong with some Italian seasoning or a little oregano.
As far as the beef broth, any kind can be used, boxes, canned, powder, etc, and I usually like low sodium. Then I can adjust as mentioned above when the soup is done. You can sub in a vegetable broth if you want to go vegetarian. The canned beans are a strange addition to all the fresh vegetables. To tell the truth, I usually just skip them except today for the photos, in they went because, well, it’s original! You could sub in with some fresh green beans if you’d like but I find the texture just as strange. That’s up to you.
Saving Money on The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup:
As written, the Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup is already downright economical. All the veggies and ingredients are common, everyday items. Making your own Lipton Onion Soup Mix saves a bit of money, and also allows you to easily customize the quality or type of ingredients in the soup. This can be low-sodium, vegan, vegetarian, etc., just by varying the homemade soup mix and the type of broth you use.
Do watch for sales on the pantry items, the tomatoes, the broth, and the juices. There’s really no reason to be paying full price on those items when they can be easily picked up on sale and stashed until needed. All of these pantry items usually hit a low sales price about once a quarter, so if you know your pricing, you’ll know when a deal comes around that makes it good enough to stock up on. You’ll find low prices for a lot of these items at Aldi, or at Costco (in bulk packages) but a good store sales price usually beats either.Print
The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 16 servings 1x
- Category: Soups
- Cuisine: American
- 1 small head cabbage, cut into dice
- 10 stalks celery, diced
- 6 carrots, scrubbed and diced
- 3 onions, peeled and diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 1 envelope Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix or 1/2 recipe Home-made Onion Soup Mix
- 1 29 ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice (crush or dice)
- 1 15 ounce can beef or vegetable broth, may be low sodium
- 2 quarts tomato juice or V-8 juice, may be low sodium
- water to cover vegetables
- 1 can green beans, drained
Cut all vegetables into about 1/2 inch dice. Add all ingredients except the green beans to a very large pan or stockpot and stir. Bring to a boil, turn down to a good simmer and cover partially with a lid. Simmer about 35 – 45 minutes until vegetables are tender and done to your taste; stir once or twice as it cooks. When finished, add in the green beans to warm through.
Since this is a very large pot of soup, it’s best to divide it into several containers to refrigerate. Keeps well for about a week in the fridge. Freezes very well in either single serving or family-sized portions.
- Serving Size: 2 cups
Keywords: Beans, Beef Stock, Bell Peppers, Cabbage, canned tomatoes, Carrots, celery, Freezes Well, Green Beans, home-made onion soup, lipton's onion soup mix, Soup, Tomatoes
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 465 mg||19 %|
|Potassium 591 mg||17 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 15 g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3 g||14 %|
|Sugars 5 g|
|Protein 3 g||5 %|
|Vitamin A||108 %|
|Vitamin C||62 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|