Polish Cuisine: Red Cabbage Soup

I don’t know about you, but when I see a red cabbage at the farmer’s market or in my CSA I’m immediately drawn to the deep purple color of it. After the initial seduction I am left completely uninspired and even a little intimidated by the thought of making something from it. I’m here to tell you now that this is no longer a problem! After coming up with the idea of making some traditional Polish dishes for dinner on Christmas, I knew that using a whole head of red cabbage wouldn’t be an issue. I had NO IDEA how freakin’ tasty this would end up, seriously; I don’t care what your roots are or where you’re from, you should try this!

I found the original recipe on eHow, and was excited by how simple the ingredients are, coupled with the fact that it couldn’t be any easier to veganize. I didn’t change very much in the recipe, other than using two small fuji apples instead of 1 large red apple, liquid aminos instead of soy sauce, one massive tomato instead of 2, Earth Balance instead of butter and I used my immersion blender in the pot as opposed to transferring the hot liquid to a blender.

This recipe isn’t a super traditional Polish dish, but it fit into my dinner plate just right. I topped mine with roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to give a little crunch to the smooth soup, it was perfect. The soup was tomato-y with just a tinge of sweetness, and extremely comforting. I’ll definitely be making this soup again, maybe doing a little more experimenting with it to see if I can make it my own. :)

I even did some approximate nutrition facts for you! Servings: 6, Calories: 114, Fat: 3.6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 412mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 3.4g, Calcium: 53.5mg, Potassium: 331mg

9 Comments on “Polish Cuisine: Red Cabbage Soup

    • I thought so, too! Very interesting, and very yummy. 😀

  1. Wow! Great recipe! I am a polish girl and I must tell you that I have never made a soup from red cabbage. Well, I made it today and I have to say it’s just awesome! So delicious! :)

  2. Thank you! I am lucky to be Polish and proud of it. Decided to make vegetable soup using beef shank and when I sliced fresh beets, remembered borsht my Mom made years ago – using beets, barley, carrots and cabbage.
    However, I have all makings for VEGETABLE soup – and only RED CABBAGE, wasn’t sure if it could be used in soup (although I use it in salads all the time:). Will let you know how this turns out! Appreciate site:)

  3. That looks good!
    I’m vegan and I buy tons of vegetables but I never know what to do with red cabbage either haha

  4. I never seem to get red cabbage to taste nice when I tried to cook it myself. Untill today! I made the soup and I really liked it. It looks great and taste is really different (in a good way!)

    • There’s a link to the original recipe on eHow, after the second photo. :)

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