Zesty Cabbage Soup

Eliminate the chili pepper in this recipe if you don’t like spicy food.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, quartered, and sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, ends trimmed and chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 cups sliced white cabbage
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz.) white navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups V8 Vegetable Juice
  • 7 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 dried chili pepper
  • 2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, and sliced thin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and bay leaves. Cook for 7–10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Add the paprika, cabbage, thyme, garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, and beans. Stir to combine all the ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable cocktail beverage, stock, and chili pepper. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 40–45 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini and cook another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve hot.