Cranberry and Cabbage Soup

Somewhat unseasonably cool weather sparked a desire in me to make soup . Generally, during the summer, I stick with cold soups. I love gazpacho, for example. Elise has an excellent recipe for it, though I like mine on the thick side, so I cut down on the tomato juice that she calls for. But the cool weather made me think of fall, which made the fact that this soup contains cranberries – something I associate with fall and Thanksgiving – particularly appealing.

The original recipe called for adding beets, which I am not a fan of, so I simply used more cabbage. Red cabbage, red cranberry sauce and red onion. I must say that the simple ingredients blended well and it tasted great.
It was also one of the prettiest soups I’ve ever eaten.

Cranberry and Cabbage Soup

1/2 cup cranberry sauce, with whole berries

1 medium red onion, sliced thin

1/2 head red cabbage, sliced thin (approx 3 cups)

6 cups water

1 tbsp sugar

salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and simmer until cabbage is tender.


  1. Hi,
    First off, I love your new banner. Someday, I’m going to try to get rid of my ol’ template!
    2nd…..soup sounds interesting. I see your original version had beets, that one I’d like to see, I love beets!! Very different combo with the cabbage. I must try it.
    3rd-ly….I’m afraid I tagged you for a meme…..if you aren’t ‘into’ them, pas problem! If so, I know we’d all love to read about your Favorite Childhood Food Memories.
    all the best,

  2. The soup sounds really interesting…
    I agree, I love the new banner!

  3. Melissa – Thanks! I wanted to try something simple and see if I could work my way up from there. Some people have incredible art skills. I’m still sitting on the fence with the meme… we’ll see.

    Clare – Thank you. =)

  4. The combination of ingredients here is unique and intriguing. I love to pair an ingredient you would associate with dessert with a savory meal. My newest post details coupling the sweet with the savory. Actually my whole blog more or less does this. I will try this recipe for sure!

  5. hi nic, the new banner looks terrific…the soup too…the combination sounds both delicious and intriguing…

  6. S.L. Plant – I love sweet and savory together, too.

    J – Thanks. The photo is of soup as I was just starting to cook it. By the end, everything was purple – including the broth.

  7. where did this recipe come from? what sort of taste did it have exactly? it does sound interesting!

  8. Violet – It came from the Joy of Soup. It tasted a bit sweet and it had a mellow, slightly meaty cabbage-y flavor. And it couldn’t be easier!

  9. Nic, love the new banner. Nice and simple and since you have that picture banner on the left it makes it really elegant.

    I also printed out a collection of soups from The Soup Lady that I hope to try now that the weather is getting cooler.

  10. Ana – I’m glad you like it! I have a whole “to try” list from the Soup Lady, myself.

  11. Nic – This soup makes me yearn for fall! Thanks for the inspiration — and fyi I’ve included the post in a Veggie Posts of the Week round-up over at A Veggie Venture. Alanna

  12. If you like gazpacho, try Lois’ recipe. Its a really nice summer meal.


  13. This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it since cabbage (red especially) is my favorite veggie other then beets (I think I’ll add these to mimic the original recipe). Thanks!

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