Hungarian Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup with pork rib Michael Powell / Getty Images
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
216 Calories
3g Fat
41g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 107mg 536%
Calcium 172mg 13%
Iron 2mg 14%
Potassium 1301mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Hungarian sweet-and-sour cabbage soup—cukros ecetes kaposztaleves—tastes even better when made with the cooking water from smoked pork butt, but broth or water can be used instead. This soup is meant to be thick and hearty and can be creamed for a different spin, or served over noodles or rice as a main course, creamed or uncreamed.


  • Leftover smoked pork butt, with cooking liquid

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and chopped

  • 4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced, or 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, optional

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or to taste, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Place reserved smoked pork butt cooking liquid into a Dutch oven or large pot. Add all remaining ingredients except potatoes and meat. Add additional water or broth, if necessary, so ingredients are covered by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and simmer, 30 minutes, partially covered.

  2. Add potatoes and return to a boil. Cook, partially covered, until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add meat and heat through. If you have leftover cabbage and potatoes from the smoked pork butt dinner, you can add them to the soup along with the meat. Portion into warm bowls and serve with crusty bread.