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Keto Red Cabbage Soup

Louise | April 15
Keto Red Cabbage Soup #keto

Your favorite cabbage soup recipe might not be as low-carb as you’d think. Make this Keto red cabbage soup recipe so you won’t have to worry about your diet.

All Soups Are Not Created Keto

Cabbage soup sounds exactly like something you’d want to eat on a ketogenic diet, but ironically, it can do you more harm than good.

While recipes vary, there can be a lot of starchy or sugary ingredients, like potatoes, apples, and tomato sauce (which can contain added sugar). Some versions also add brown sugar.

While conventional cabbage soup may not be the worst thing you could eat on Keto, there are ways to make it better.

How to Make Keto Cabbage Soup

If you’d like a thicker soup, you can make this recipe using bone broth rather than chicken or beef broth and enjoy the extra nutrients.

Instead of tomato sauce that could be hiding added sugar, I chopped up two whole tomatoes.

Bell pepper, onion, and celery add interest and texture without a ton of carbs.

I like using avocado oil for this soup, but olive oil would also work if you’re on a budget or you simply don’t have avocado oil.

Bacon bits are optional, but they really add a lot of flavors, so I always include them when I make this soup.

The Main Event: Cabbage

Since cabbage is the star of this soup, choose your produce wisely. Look for cabbage that is tightly packed and heavy for its size.

Don’t fall for the trap of getting the largest cabbage either. Something in the mid-size range should do quite nicely.

Once at home, store it in the crisper drawer until it’s ready for use. Cabbage is in it for the long haul. You can often store red cabbage for a month or more.

Free Keto Calculator

Some diets have you counting calories and logging exercise. Some have you eliminating particular foods or food groups, or only eating particular foods.

Keto can involve some tracking too, depending on how you go about it. Some people just focus on eating less carbs, while others want to be more precise to fine-tune their results.

If you’d like to put more precision into your diet without getting too fussed, check out this one-question Keto calculator. Simply enter your goal weight and it will tell you the amount of protein, carbs, and fat you should eat daily to achieve that weight.

Keto Red Cabbage Soup #keto

Keto Red Cabbage Soup #keto

Keto Red Cabbage Soup

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: American


A cabbage soup that suits your diet


  • 1 red cabbage, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 8 cups (2 l) of bone broth (or chicken or beef broth)
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) avocado oil, to cook with
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (optional)


  1. Add avocado oil to a large pot and then saute the cabbage, onions, celery, and bell peppers in the avocado oil for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour in the broth and add in the diced tomatoes.
  3. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes until the cabbage is cooked.
  4. Top with some bacon bits (optional) or add in some leftover shredded beef or chicken for a hearty stew.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 4 g


  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.