Healthy Vegan Cabbage and White Bean Soup Recipe

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The best vegan healthy cabbage and white bean soup recipe with Italian flair from white cannellini beans, tomatoes and herbs. A simple soup to throw together on a cold winter day, to detox and to thrive on a weight loss diet, all without sacrificing the delicious flavors. 

Cabbage Bean Soup Ingredients:

  • The Aromatics: you can use onions or leeks as a base here, really whatever is in the fridge is getting used in this easy homemade goodness.
  • The Cabbage: I used a small head of regular green cabbage. You can use red, Napa or Savoy instead and since cabbage has a lot of natural sugars I would suggest taking it easy with the carrots in this recipe.  
  • Herbs and Spices: Be generous with the herbs and spices. My favorite secret spice to use here is a good pinch of caraway seeds. Oh my! They compliment the cabbage and white beans like peanut butter and jelly, and add tons of flavor to your soup. 
  • The Beans: Ideally Italian buttery cannellini beans should be used here. If you find yourself in a pinch the great Northern white bean variety would make a decent substitute.
  • Tomatoes: canned fire roasted tomatoes are essential. They bring a lot of the smokiness to the final flavor profile and help balance out the sweetness of the cabbage together with the apple cider vinegar. 
Note: Add cooked quinoa or brown rice for a a spin on this deconstructed cabbage roll soup, or shoot for a Cabbage Minestrone with lentils, mushrooms, broccoli or kale.

You’ll Love this Cabbage and White Bean Soup:

Healthy & Hearty
Quick & Easy
Rich in Fiber & Protein
Filling and Warming

Brain Food.

Did I mention: ready in 30 minutes ?!

This can be served as a hearty stew or thinned out into more of a soup with extra water or vegetable stock to your liking. Any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week or can be frozen up to six months.

Serve with crusty bread!

 Vegan healthy cabbage and white bean soup recipe.

P.S. If you make this recipe please come back here to rate it, snap a photo and tag me with #VeggieSociety on Instagram. ~ Florentina Xo’s

5 from 7 votes

Healthy Cabbage and White Bean Soup

The best vegan healthy cabbage soup recipe with Italian flair from white cannellini beans, tomatoes and herbs.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


  • 1 small green cabbage - shredded
  • 15 oz canned white cannellini beans
  • 15 oz canned fire roasted tomatoes - diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion or leek - diced
  • 1 carrot - shredded (optional)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 5 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup Italian Parsley - chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill - roughly chopped for garnish
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives - snipped
  • 10 cups water or vegetable stock + more as needed
  • 1 pinch sea salt to taste
  • 2 tsp water (or olive oil)


  • Heat up a large soup pot over medium low flame. Add the diced onion or leeks with a pinch of sea salt and a splash of water (or a drizzle of olive oil). You can totally go oil-free here and not miss a thing, I promise.
  • Stir in the carrot, a pinch of red pepper flakes and caraway seeds and cook everything together for about 5 minutes until the onion / leeks have softened.
  • Add the shredded cabbage, bay leaf, peppercorns, dill sprigs and fresh thyme. Give it a stir and cook together another 5 minutes or so until the cabbage has softened. 
  • Pour in the tomatoes and water or vegetable stock and bring to a good simmer. Cook the soup for another 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings with more sea salt and the apple cider vinegar. 
  • Meanwhile, rinse and drain the cannellini beans and add them to the cabbage soup. Cook a few more minutes until just warmed through. 
  • Serve hot, garnished with the fresh parsley, dill and chives.
    Optional: add cooked quinoa or brown rice for a more filling stew at this point if desired.


  • This soup always tastes best the next day as the beans and cabbage sit together in the broth with the herbs and absorb all those flavors. Makes great leftovers!
  • To keep it WFPB & Plantricious compliant make sure to avoid adding any oils to the recipe.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 731mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2860IU | Vitamin C: 70.7mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 4.5mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cabbage White Bean Soup, plant based, vegan,
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Florentina

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  1. Hello! I love the flavors in this soup. I have a rediculous amount of leftover cabbage from a potluck and found your recipe. I modified quite a bit. I doubled the recipe and threw in some italian sausage with mozzarella. I halved the amount of liquid (10 cups to a double batch). Also, I was confused as to how much herbs are meant to put in the soup and what was supposed to be a garnish. I put equal amounts of chopped fresh herbs and no garnish. It was delish. Next time, I will use even less liquid and grind up the peppercorns. Thank you for sharing. I will make it again and again 🙂

    1. I followed the recipe exactly. It was incredible. It’s such a different tasting broth. I think it’s the caraway. I’ll be making this many times.

  2. Also, wasn’t sure on how much ACV to use, so I used a splash and it really balanced the flavors. Thanks again 😉

    1. Yes you are correct, just a splash to balance the flavors and it all depends on the person. I could go for a lot of ACV while my husband is fine with just a little. I have a sweet and sour cabbage soup version coming up so stop back by soon 🙂

  3. Great soup! I made it last night in advance of dinner tonight and we had it for dinner. Amazing. Crushed red peppers were included in instructions, but not in ingredient list. I guessed and it ended up so very good. Wonderful, just wonderful. Thank you!

    1. So happy you loved the soup. Red pepper flakes are always optional and added to your taste 🙂

  4. Hello, I made this soup today, it was fast and easy! It looks very pretty with the fresh parsley added. Thanks for the great recipe.

  5. Made this soup tonight. Flavor is so good – the caraway seeds give it such depth. Thanks for your excellent soup recipes! Added some celery and minced lacinato kale. So good!

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