One-Week Cabbage Soup Diet

One week cabbage soup recipe

The Spruce Eats/Nita West

  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 7 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
99 Calories
1g Fat
19g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 7 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1034mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 6g
Calcium 108mg 8%
*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 basic one-week cabbage soup diet recipe is more of a jump-start than a long-term diet, though some people choose to stay on it for two or three weeks. It begins with a few days of fruit, vegetables, and cabbage soup, with little or no protein. Then, bananas and skim milk are added. Later in the week, beef and rice are added along with the soup, which is eaten throughout the diet.

By consuming low calorie and low-fat foods, the diet burns fat fairly quickly. While it's not recommended as a longterm diet, it may help get you started. How much weight you lose will depend on your metabolism. If you have any special health concerns or dietary restrictions or issues, you should speak to your healthcare professional before starting any diet, including this one.

The basic cabbage soup happens to be delicious, whether you follow the diet or not! Go ahead and make it with beans, ground meat, or chicken if you're not dieting. The soup may be cooked on the stovetop for about an hour, or you can combine everything in the slow cooker and cook all day on low.


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  • 1 (48-ounce) can tomato-based vegetable juice (or 6 cups water)
  • 1 or 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 head cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 bunch celery (sliced)
  • 2 green bell peppers (chopped)
  • 6 large scallions (sliced)
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix (such as Lipton)
  • Optional: 1 or 2 cubes bouillon
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: parsley, curry powder, garlic powder, or paprika, for seasoning

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cabbage soup
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  2. Add the tomato juice, tomatoes, cabbage, celery, bell pepper, scallions, onion soup mix, and bouillon, if using, to a soup pot or slow cooker. 

    Add chopped vegetables
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  3. Cover and cook on low in a soup pot for 1 hour or in a slow cooker for 5 hours.

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  4. Add the seasonings, to taste, and continue cooking for a few minutes on the stovetop or 1 to 2 hours more in a slow cooker. 

    Add seasonings
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  5. Eat all the soup you want. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

    Cabbage soup
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Recipe Variations

To embellish this basic recipe, try adding an extra ingredient or two (diet permitting):

  • Add a pound of browned ground beef or ground turkey
  • Zucchini or summer squash
  • A can of drained great northern, navy, red, pinto, or black beans
  • Leftover diced ham or corned beef
  • Instead of bouillon, add 1 can of condensed (or double strength) beef broth or condensed French onion soup
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup of diced or thinly sliced carrots
  • Garnish with some diced cooked bacon

The Diet Plan

The cabbage soup diet allows you to eat all of the cabbage soup you like in addition to adding certain foods on specific days throughout the week. No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages, including diet sodas.

  • Day 1: Any fruit except bananas
  • Day 2: Any and all vegetables, baked potato with butter for dinner
  • Day 3: Combine Day 1 and 2 without potato
  • Day 4: Up to six bananas, skim milk
  • Day 5: 10 to 20 ounces of beef, can of tomatoes, 6 to 8 glasses of water
  • Day 6: All the beef and vegetables you want
  • Day 7: Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables

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