Dairy Farmers of Canada

Creamy Cabbage Soup

Our dietitians' favourite

A comforting and delicious soup. Caraway isn't a common recipe ingredient, but it is indeed very delicious. It enhances the flavour of cabbage and ham.

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cooking: 1 h
Yields 6 - 8 Servings
creamy cabbage soup


  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 cups (1 L) cabbage shredded
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) or more of caraway seed pounded
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) mustard seed pounded
  • 1 medium-sized potato peeled and diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) ham diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups (750 mL) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups (500) milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) sour cream
  • Chopped parsley to taste
  • Chopped celery leaves to taste
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In a large saucepan, sweat the onion and cabbage in the butter over low heat. Season with salt and pepper and add the mustard seed and caraway seed. Cover and cook for approximately 8 minutes and stir occasionally until the cabbage wilts. Add the remaining vegetables, ham, bay leaf, broth. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to minimum. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Add the milk and cook 5 minutes without boiling.

Serve with sour cream. Sprinkle with parsley and celery leaves.


Get a head start: This soup can be made and refrigerated up to 5 days ahead of time.

Practical tips: You will need approximately 5 oz. (150 g) of ham to make 1 cup (250 mL).

Freeze individual servings of soup for a quick lunch option.

Turn the soup into a meal by doubling the amount of ham.

When using a slow cooker, follow the recipe instructions and then cook on low for 4 hours.

Replace the caraway with cumin, fennel or juniper.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 127 Calories
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Fat: 5 g
Fibre: 2.3 g
Sodium: 500 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 11 % / 126 mg
Folate: 17 %
Vitamin B12: 27 %
Vitamin C: 34 %
Vitamin D: 19 %