Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup – Eating European

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slow cook cabbage soup is a very simple cabbage soup recipe that requires no nutrition…. Just drop it in a slow cooker and give it time. The list of ingredients is short and the preparation takes no more than 15 minutes. The rest is done by his clay pot.

Even though it is extremely easy to make, it does not lack flavor. The final result is very fragrant and satisfying. This version of slow cooker soup is vegan and gluten-free, but the recipe can be easily adapted to your tastes or needs.

Holding a bowl and a spoonful of slow-cooking cabbage soup Cabbage soup

is popular in Europe

It seems that each European and Mediterranean country has its own version of the cabbage soup recipe. In Poland, cabbage soup is called ‘Kapusniak’ and can be made from fresh cabbage or sauerkraut.

What you’ll find is that

this is one of the most popular soups in the summer, and it uses the abundance of new cabbage found during the season. However, because cabbage is available year-round, this soup is perfect during any time of the year.

Cabbage soup is very popular in many European cuisines. In both the Polish and Greek versions of this recipe, you will find that it is always accompanied by a good amount of fresh dill. For some reason, cabbage and dill go hand in hand.

I made this

slow cooker cabbage soup based on my mother’s simple cabbage soup recipe. This is a vegetarian cabbage soup or to be more specific… Vegan, but it is very versatile and can be easily adjusted. Below I will give you some examples of how you can alter this recipe and adjust it to your liking.

Cabbage soup in a bowl with a spoon.

How to Make Slow Cook Cabbage Soup

The simple answer to this question is to simply throw everything into your slow cooker or crockpot, then set it up and forget it. That’s how I did it here, but there are a few other options….

This cabbage soup recipe calls for tomato puree. However, these tomatoes are slightly acidic, which makes the broth a bit sour. With this in mind, vegetables (such as potatoes, carrots, celery, and cabbage) will require more time due to the acidity in the broth. But if you want to cook it faster, avoid adding tomatoes at first. Add them once the vegetables are almost completely cooked (i.e. during the last hour of cooking).

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To make the soup richer and more fragrant, you can also sauté your onions first, with a tablespoon of olive oil on the stove and then add them to the cooking pot.

Cabbage soup in a slow cooker with ladle

What ingredients are needed for this cabbage soup

This slow cooker soup recipe is made from a few simple ingredients: vegetables, broth, canned tomatoes, and spices. The list of vegetables is not exclusive. You can modify and add any vegetable you want.

Mind you, this isn’t the cabbage soup diet recipe that was so popular a few years ago, which had tons of different veggies, but it definitely could be. So go ahead, get creative and add whatever you want. This is what I used for this (in my opinion) the best cabbage soup recipe.

  • Vegetables New cabbage
  • ;

  • New potatoes
  • ;

  • Carrots
  • ;

  • Celery
  • ;

  • Onions;
  • parsley.



used vegetable broth because I wanted to make a vegetarian cabbage soup. But you can use chicken broth or even a beef broth for more flavor. However, you wouldn’t just use water, as you can get an extra boost of flavor from the broth. Use the broth you have or like.



I used pureed canned tomatoes, but you can use chopped tomatoes or tomato paste instead. If you have fresh and good tomatoes, I encourage you to cut them and use fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones.

Spices, toppings

  • Salt

Because you will be using broth, I would not add salt at the beginning of cooking. All broths have different levels of salt, so you don’t want to end up with a soup that is too salty. You can always add it at the end and adjust it to your needs.

  • Pepper

Here again, I suggest adding freshly ground pepper at the end, to suit your taste


  • Marjoram

I added marjoram because, according to my mom (who by the way is also an excellent cook, trained in the food industry), it helps with the digestion of certain cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage. My mom always added marjoram to dishes like Kapusta, Bigos or cabbage with Kielbasa.

  • Caraway
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I’ve heard that caraway can also be helpful, and some people may prefer it to marjoram. Add the one that suits you best.


  • smoked paprika

For a little warmth, I love adding Spanish hot smoked paprika. I truly believe that there is no better spice in a world than that. I can literally add it to everything. However, because my children’s palates are shy conscious of a spice, and I wanted them to enjoy this soup too, I didn’t add it to the cooking pot, but sprinkled it for the individual servings.

  • Fresh dill

To make this soup very fragrant and fresh add tons of chopped dill! In Poland, we use it all the time. It’s so good. (Check out this Polish cucumber salad or mashed potatoes with brown butter dill)

  • And

last but not least, drizzle a healthy amount of good quality extra virgin olive oil on top of your bowl. Not only does it taste delicious, but the good fats in olive oil will help with the absorption of nutrients from the soup. A win-win situation.

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Serve slow cook cabbage soup in a bowl

How long does it take to make this cabbage soup in a cooking

pot slow? As I mentioned earlier, if you add tomatoes to your slow cooker right away with all the vegetables, it can take 5 to 6 hours high and about 9 hours low to cook. But, if you chose this option and are in a hurry in the morning and still want to have a soup ready when you return home, add everything to your slow cooker, cover it and cook for 9 hours. It will cook on time and remain delicious.

If you want your soup to cook faster, don’t add tomatoes right away. Add them in the last hour of cooking. This way, all your vegetables will be soft before adding acidity to your cooking pot. It could take 4 hours on high and 8 hours on low to cook.

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Top version of cabbage soup stove

If you don’t have a slow cooker

or other slow cooker and still want to make this soup, no problem. You can cook it all on one stove.

To achieve the tastiest version here, sauté the onions first in a tablespoon of olive oil, then add the vegetables and broth. Cover and cook for about 45 minutes until vegetables are soft. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 15 minutes. Season to your liking and serve with dill, smoked paprika and extra olive oil.

How to freeze slow-cook cabbage soup

You can simply place it in freezer-safe containers or Ziploc bags and freeze them for up to two months. To defrost it, use a microwave or place it in the fridge at night and then heat it the next day.

What additions can be added to this

cabbage soup

I made my “vegetarian” slow-cooking cabbage soup, just with the vegetables. But you can alter this recipe:

you can add

  • fried Polish sausage (that’s really a delicious addition);
  • you can add

  • lentils, chickpeas, or beans for a vegetarian protein; you can
  • add

  • rice or noodles for more texture.

Whichever version you choose, be sure to add Spanish smoked paprika and olive oil! You won’t regret it! Okay!

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If you’re looking for more soup

recipes, check out these:

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  • Greek lentil
  • soup

  • Tomato Red lentils
  • Chunky coconut soup Potato leek
  • soup

  • Greek chickpea soup Roasted
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  • Tomato pot Tomato sauce

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This recipe was originally published in September 2018 and has since been updated to provide additional information.

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