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 1-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 a few 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. 

If you have any special health concerns or dietary restrictions or issues, you should speak to your healthcare professional first.

The basic cabbage soup is delicious, by the way, whether you follow the diet or not! Go ahead and make it with beans, ground meat, or chicken if you'd like. Take a look at the variations for more add-in ideas.

The soup may be cooked on the stovetop for about 1 hour, or combine everything in the slow cooker and cook it for about 6 hours on low.


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  • 6 large scallions
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 or 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch celery, sliced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix, such as Lipton
  • Optional: 1 or 2 cubes bouillon
  • 1 (48-ounce) can tomato-based vegetable juice, or 6 cups water
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: parsley, curry powder, garlic powder, or paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cabbage soup
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  2. Chop the green onions and bell peppers.

    Chop the green onions
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  3. Add the chopped vegetables to the slow cooker along with the tomatoes, celery, cabbage, onion soup mix, bouillon, if using, and tomato juice or water. 

    Add chopped vegetables
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  4. Cover and cook on LOW for about 5 hours.

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  5. Add the seasonings, to taste, and continue cooking for about 1 to 2 hours longer. 

    Add seasonings
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  6. Eat all the soup you want, whenever you want. 

    Cabbage soup
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Recipe Variations

  • The soup is delicious and makes an excellent lunch soup. Add a pound of browned ground beef or ground turkey for a heartier soup.
  • Zucchini or summer squash may be added to the soup.
  • Add a can of drained great northern, navy, red, pinto, or black beans.
  • Instead of bouillon, add 1 can of condensed (or double strength) beef broth or condensed French onion soup.
  • Add 1/2 cup of diced or thinly sliced carrots.
  • Garnish the soup with some diced cooked bacon.
  • Add leftover diced ham or corned beef to the soup.
  • Add 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach or kale to the soup mixture.

The Basic Diet Plan

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


No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages - not even diet soda!

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