Weight Loss Cabbage Soup

Weight Loss Cabbage Soup is an easy vegetable soup that’s great for dieting but still flavorful, comforting, and filling—made in just 30 minutes.

This Soup Recipe is even healthier and easier than Classic Cabbage Soup but is also delicious and enjoyable.

Weight Loss Cabbage Soup in pot


Weight Loss Cabbage Soup is also known as Diet Soup, Wonder Soup, or GM Diet Wonder Soup. This Cabbage Soup is the central part of an eating plan that has been around for years enjoying unlimited Cabbage Soup throughout. (Note: we are not advocating to be nutrition professionals OR advocating that you follow a specific diet. We just wanted to offer the recipe and give you the background of it.)

Wonder Soup makes a great starting point for healthy eating because it’s low in calories, nutrient-dense, fat-free, and sugar-free.

Hearing all that, you might be starting to picture an awfully bland soup, but luckily the flavorful ingredients like cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, basil, and oregano give this broth-based Cabbage Soup an excellent taste while remaining low-calorie. This is a delicious soup that you can enjoy for an easy healthy meal once in a while. If you just have Cabbage Soup as a regular dinner, you can make some Soft Rolls to go along with it for a comforting meal. 


Prepping the Wonder Soup

If you’re meal prepping this soup for the whole week, it’s a great idea to get soup prepped in advance. The last thing you want is to have to chop up all the vegetables then wait for the soup to heat up when you’re already hungry.

  • Start by cutting up all your vegetables. This recipe will be enough for several servings, but you may want to double up if you’re eating it for the whole week.
  • You can combine the full recipe right way, or divide the ingredients into serving-sized containers to store in the fridge. Then you can just add broth and heat up one serving at a time.
  • If you make all the soup right away, then let it cool to room temperature and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. You can heat each serving in the microwave or on the stovetop for a few minutes.

Weight Loss Cabbage Soup ingredients in pot


  • Meat: There are a lot of ways you can change up the recipe. To make it more filling, try adding in some meat like chicken, turkey, or beef. It may not be as low in calories, but it will still be healthy and delicious. If you’re starting with raw meat, you’ll want to sauté it for a few minutes ahead of time to get it browned. If you don’t want to add meat, but still want to make the recipe more filling you could cook in some lentils with your Cabbage Soup.
  • Broth: You can exchange the vegetable broth in the recipe for chicken broth or beef broth if you prefer. You can also use low-sodium broth if you’re trying to reduce sodium.
  • Add-ins: There are lots of vegetable and spice/herb add-ins you can put in the soup if you’d like to change up the taste. Try adding some bell peppers, green beans, green peppers, or seasonings like red pepper flakes, paprika, and Italian seasoning.



  • Serve: You can keep this Cabbage Soup recipe at room temperature for 2 hours before you’ll want to store it.
  • Store: To store Wonder Soup, let it cool to room temperature then put it in an airtight container. This recipe can keep well in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Freeze: You can also store Wonder Soup in the freezer. It will store well for up to 3 months.

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Weight Loss Cabbage Soup

Weight Loss Cabbage Soup is an easy vegetable soup that's great for dieting but still flavorful, comforting, and filling. Made in just 30 minutes.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 cups cabbage , cut into 1" chunks
  • 3 carrots , sliced
  • 3 stalks celery , sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes , do not drain


  • Add the vegetable broth, onion, garlic, cabbage, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and diced tomatoes then stir well.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes until cabbage and carrots are tender.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1130mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4540IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Weight Loss Cabbage Soup

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I had this soup years ago.I bought all the ingredients that I remembered from years ago but I thought we had used chicken broth. Would using chic.be just as tasty as veg.broth. Thank you

  2. I have seen 2 answers from you for a serving. You answered 2 cups and then further down you answered 1 cup. Can you please tell me which one it is?
    thank you

  3. Only need to lose about 20 pounds, especially belly fat, so I can fit into my clothes. Am 84 years old and am eating as healthy as I can. So, I would just eat this soup two or three times a week because it is super healthy.

  4. Hi Sabrina
    Can I add potatoes to the cabbage soup, and still get the same weigh loss results. I understand that day two of the diet we are allowed to eat a potato. Would adding potatoes in the soup have negative affects on losing weight.
    Thank you

    1. Absolutely, potatoes are one of the most filling and low-calorie foods we can eat. Adding potatoes this soup will be so yummy and filling.

    1. I used three ribs of the stalk; that was plenty of celery. Three stalks would make it celery soup; competing with the cabbage as the main ingredient.

  5. Awesome soup! The only thing I added was a few tablespoons of lemon juice (because I love lemon juice) and red pepper flakes to give it a kick! Will absolutely be making this soup again for my lunch during the week. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  6. Other recipes call for the onion, garlic, celery and carrots to be fried first. How does this change the flavour?

  7. I’m a type 2 diabetic my blood sugars go high then low I need to loose at least 25 lbs. and am 70 year old not a big fruit or veg person but would this soup be alright to at everyday or when??

  8. Like a few others, I’d heard and saw results from co workers years ago and three weather at 103 in MN today, with 70% humidity along with new covid, I need a jump start to her rid of the 20 I gained in isolation! Scratch soup my favorite to make! Thank you for recipe!

  9. I have gained a lot of weight and I want to lose weight about 100 pounds. All the way my health is not good. If I lose this weight I’ll be happy and healthy skin I can do more for myself please help me do this I’ve have tried pills but it didn’t help me at all

    1. You can do this. Just have faith in yourself. I don’t have as much as you to lose, I have lost over 100 pounds. I use this to maintain my weight loss. Have a blessed day and remember to believe in yourself.

    2. I have made this a few times with great results. I am also trying to lose about 100, so I am just doing it Mon-Fri then eating smart over the weekend with a little treat. I know it says not to continue this more than 7 days, but I need 40 lbs gone so i can schedule knee surgery. Helpful hint: I puree all of this after its cooked and drink like tomato soup! I think it’s delicious. Good luck!!

    3. Hello! I’ve eaten this soup many times in my life. I’ve been heavyset the majority of my life. My mother made me this soup in middle school and I lost 20 lbs in just a few weeks. Over the years when I need to get a little excess weight off, I still make it. I eat it for my lunch and I would occasionally eat up to 5 unsalted saltine crackers with it. For dinner i have baked chicken breast (season how you like) and a baked potato sprinkled with bacon bits and shredded mozzarella cheese -or- broiled/baked seasoned fish over rice -or- a simple taco salad, simple but filling light meals.

      Also, add 30 minutes minimum of daily exercise. Even if it’s just walking around your own home for a period of 30 minutes. Or 15 minutes in am and 15 minutes in pm. Or 10 minutes prior to breakfast, 10 minutes prior to lunch and 10 minutes prior to dinner.

      Great snacks: apple slices topped with a little bit of peanut butter and raisins, celery with peanut butter and raisins, 6-8 baby carrots and small bowl cottage cheese, and sounds odd but cottage cheese with peeled and sliced peaches. YUM!

      Best of luck on your journey! It’s worth it. It’s hard but I myself am starting this journey again, as I type this, and we share a weight loss goal.

      Sending positive vibes and cheering from afar!


  10. I just made this soup for the first time to kick start weight loss. I added a few extras because I West Indian from Trinidad but it came out great. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Me again –
    I just want to also mention that some versions of this weight-loss soup call for beef broth.
    I always use vegan “beef” broth which I like better anyway. I used about 1/2 of that and 1/2 vegan vegetable broth. Yum

  12. I LOVE this soup! As others have said, it’s very comforting. Using my new 7 quart stock pot I doubled the recipe and added a can of no-salt-added green beans. Instead of getting a head of cabbage and some carrots and chopping them up, I used bags of coleslaw mix of cabbage and carrots and it’s worked great. I like the texture too.

    Question: I love tomatoes but recently learned I need to limit them due to their potassium content 🙁 Do you have any ideas how I might make this without the tomatoes or at least much less? I would want to replace that bulk and flavor somehow.

    Thank you for your consideration! — Linda

      1. Tamarind is perfect sub! Great fresh flavor. In Mpls only place I can find anymore it’s Oriental groceries, the larger ones. Good luck!!

    1. You can use tomato paste out of the tube. It’s concentrated and you need a tiny bit and still get the puch of flavor

  13. I love this soup and crave it. I make it on Sunday or Monday and eat it throughout the week. It is so delicious and really feels like comfort food. Thank you for the recipe. I don’t change a thing!

  14. I eat a big traditional breakfast but then eat this cabbage soup through the day it does a good enough job to keep me slimmed down.

  15. If you want to make it extra low carb skip the carrots. I like to add extra onion and green peppers to mine, chopped. But the base is tasty and easy to adjust to your liking. This helped me lose the baby weight with my middle child. Now 5 years after my youngest I’m ready to commit again to losing everything I gained. This is a great way to start and to pop in the microwave instead when you want to reach for those potato chips.

  16. I’m the biggest I’ve ever been in my life. Well, you know how smart the body is. Here recently, I’ve been CRAVING cabbage, cauliflower (my previously least fav food?), roasted any veggie, broth, everything veg. And I just remembered something I’d heard about when I was little: this “Cabbage Soup Diet” and I’m glad I found this recipe! I’m going to treat it more like a “Stone Soup” situation and just use any veggies I have on hand to go with the cabbage and broth. I’m excited to see what flavors I can cook up while I (hopefully) watch this fat go back to where it came from xD

    1. My body totally does that too when I feel like it’s been too much food recently. I actually started making this soup with ground chicken just so I stayed full longer. I hope it works out well for you too!

      1. I dont have a traditional kitchen at the moment so i put a little evoo on the bottom of a crockpot and turned it up high and cut up the veggies given the past year I bumped up the garlic and threw in ginger smells darn good.

        1. I have all the ingredients to make this soup. Since I need to take off a few pounds I decided it’s a good way to start. I noticed you put ginger in your recipe. Will you enlighten me how did it affect the taste and how much did you add to the recipe. I was thinking of adding cayenne pepper so I don’t want to overpower the ginger. Thanks for the input. Have a blessed day

  17. Really love this soup. I made it tonight with bone broth and a package of lipton soup mix and very tasty! Can you add potatoes to this soup?

    1. Yes though it may need to cook longer than due to the potatoes needing more time depending how you like them cooked. I’m so glad you love the soup.

      1. Actually that isn’t necessary…carrots take longer to cook than cut up potatoes…yes, even sliced. However I would recommend adding the potatoes when soup comes to a boil but before simmering. Giving carrots a head start.

  18. This soup is delicious.

    But how many cups are in a serving? I’m assuming maybe 2 cups?

    1. I’m not a dietitian so I don’t really have any information on that. You might be able to find more information through another site online. Sorry.

      1. This is a fat burning soup, so you can consume as much as you want all day if that is all you are eating. This is a really good way to cleanse and detox the body as well as lose weight.

  19. I made mine a little different I made my own bone broth I did the cabbage onions a little garlic carrots celery and fresh parsley I also added some smoked paprika of course grinder pepper and some Himalayan salt absolutely delicious thank you so much for sharing your talents with us stay blessed?

  20. I know cabbage soup has been around for yrs, but this is the first time I made it. I was so pleased with the ease and more importantly the flavor of this soup recipe. My husband of over 52 yrs. asked me to please make more. My 18 yr old granddaughter said “ she can’t believe how good it is”. I sent the recipe to my 30 ur old granddaughter and she said she can’t wait to make it!! I think I might put some zucchini in the next batch, although it’s perfect as is. Thank you so much for sharing!

  21. This soup is awesome! I make a big pot of it and take some up to my cousin and sister in law every week. We are trying to get our beach bodies back; after being home bound. I use I box of low sodium chicken broth & one box low sodium veggie broth. We just love it! It’s so flavorful, you would never know it’s diet soup!

  22. The soup is great! It does make you lose a lot of water weight. This recipe is little different than my original one I had several years ago because it had green peppers and bullion in it instead of vegetable broth. Can’t wait to make to start my new diet and how do you feel about that now

  23. Your nutritional data is useless without knowing serving portion volume/measurement, stating just he number of servings is meaningless. Being diabetic, I need to know serving amount in a measurement, it’s critical and absolutely necessary for me to manage my daily food intake in trying to control my condition.

      1. You’re too nice, this person is too rude. How about thank you for the awesome recipe. Btw what’s the serving portion etc. It’s all about the approach. Sorry I had to say something.

        1. And I am so glad you said something.The lady is doing us the favor …by posting the recipe….Like she said…SHE IS NOT A DIETICIAN….

    1. I am definitely going to try this thank you! For the rude people who says it’s useless because you need this you need that you , you , you … all you had to do is ask or don’t do it.

    2. If you are concerned you should consult your physician. You accomplished nothing with a rude comment to Sabrina. Vegetable soup is just that, common sense should apply here. It is reasonable to assume a diabetic patient would have some knowledge of portions and what a healthy diet consists of. Otherwise, if you are worried I suggest you delete cabbage soup from your diet and not get your blood pressure up over 1 cup or 2. Lastly try meditating.

    3. My reply for Tibbs was posted further down the line of comments. It is meant for Tibbs. My apology to Vanessa.

  24. The recipes is easy to read and fix I’m always looming g for something different to cook everyday

  25. This soup is so delicious!! Hubby has been taking it to work, as he needs to cut down on the corporate lunches, and he has literally dropped a few pounds and absolutely loves it! I do, too!! Used Imagine brand low salt vegetable broth, and it really is very tasty and not bland. The sodium content is so low, too, which is a plus. You can add any veggie you want as well and make it your own. Thank you for a great recipe!

  26. This soup is DELICIOUS !!! So easy to make and yes very fulfilling. Love it will be making another batch as soon as I get another head of cabbage.

    1. I am excited…making this TONIGHT! Not only that, but I will be back to this site. You ladies here seem so supportive of one another and sometimes you need that in your life. Thanks for having me!

      1. Depends on what too much means, Kidney beans are 100 calories for a 1/2 cup, so even at a 1/4 cup it is a solid use of 50 calories to me. I add kidney beans to salads all the time and find them filling.

  27. Hi. I noticed there are two ingredients in the directions part of the recipe that are not listed in the ingredients : Tomato sauce, and beef broth. Are these substitutes?

  28. I had planned to try this recipe, but there is a discrepancy between the ingredients and the instructions. The instructions mention tomato sauce and beef broth, but neither is in the ingredient list. It looks like someone copied and pasted from another recipe and didn’t change some things.