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Cream of Cabbage Soup

Meet the Cook: There were 11 children in my family when I was growing up, and my husband and I have seven grown children (and now eight grandchildren). Need less to say, I have been cooking ever since I could handle a spoon. People love this soup's flavor and creamy cheese consistency. I've given the recipe to friends, who've varied it a little. One substituted summer squash and zucchini for the rutabaga. She said it tasted just great that way, too. -Helen Riesterer, Kiel, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts)


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced peeled rutabaga
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Pepper to taste
  • Additional milk, optional


  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, bring water and bouillon to a boil. Add potatoes, onion, rutabaga and carrots. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add cabbage, celery and green pepper; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic, salt and dill. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour; cook and stir over medium heat until golden brown. Gradually add milk and broth, stirring until smooth. Add cheese, thyme and pepper; cook on low until cheese is melted. Stir into vegetable mixture; simmer for 5 minutes. Thin with milk if needed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 278 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 1024mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Ruth
    Dec 30, 2017

    I’ve had many people raise an eyebrow when I mention this soup, but It really is delicious. An all time favorite.

  • annie1992
    Sep 9, 2016

    Yum, love cabbage, love rutabaga, this is delicious and just right to use those fall vegetables after the flush of tomatoes and zucchini are gone.

  • Ppresident
    Mar 11, 2013

    I didn't know what to do with the cabbage and rutabaga from my CSA basket and thought I'd give this recipe a try. My family, though initially dubious of cabbage soup, LOVED it. I've shared this recipe with other family members and it gets rave reviews every time. I'm not a huge dill fan so I substituted Thyme...and it's just as good.

  • tamak
    Dec 5, 2011

    Yummy, yummy soup!!! Thanks for the recipe it is a keeper!

  • skywaitress
    Apr 10, 2011

    Best soup ever!! The rutabaga is the best! Try it!

  • angelasandoval
    Jan 18, 2010

    Left out the green pepper (we don't like), replaced rutabaga w/ additional potato & carrot and used cheddar instead of Velveeta. Good hearty soup, very tasty, a little different.

  • maxowner
    Jul 1, 2009

    For heavens sake - get a life. No one is forcing you to make this soup.

  • whateverfood
    May 8, 2009

    I realize big families have to make do with what they have and can afford. But somewhere along the line the cook has to be responsible for the excess in things not so good for you- in this case, the sodium and fat...JMO