Cabbage Apple Soup


A flavorful sweet-and-sour cabbage soup. Years ago a local restaurant served a cabbage apple soup that I've been trying to recreate. This is my best attempt, and possibly even better! For a vegetarian version, simply omit the bacon.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

  • ½ apple, peeled and finely chopped

  • 5 cups vegetable broth

  • ½ cup apple cider

  • 1 head cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 (12 ounce) loaf crusty bread


  1. Place bacon pieces in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  2. Drain fat from the pot and add olive oil, onion, garlic, and caraway seeds. Cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in chopped apple, vegetable broth, apple cider, cabbage, cider vinegar, and sugar. Bring soup to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, until cabbage is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Cut bread into large chunks and place them in the bottom of six soup bowls. Ladle the soup over the bread and serve.

Cook's Notes:

If you omit the bacon, add salt to taste.

I used a peppered bacon that the local co-op had for extra flavor and a small baguette for the bread. You can also use a Vidalia(R) or other sweet onion in place of the yellow onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
7g Fat
67g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 930mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 25%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 76mg 380%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 523mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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