Bowl of warm cabbage soup topped with a dollop of plain coconut yogurt, cilantro, jalapeño and fresh lime.

Rainy Day Cabbage Soup

If you’re from NY, then you know about Citarella’s Spicy Cabbage Soup - it's delish. This is my version: super clean, extra spicy, and perfect for this gloomy day. Serves 6 as an appetizer.


Olive oil
1 brown onion, diced fine
2 stalks of celery, diced fine
½ poblano chili, diced fine
2 garlic cloves, diced fine
1 tsp cumin
¼ tsp oregano
½ tsp JF Spicy Salt
8 cups green cabbage, chopped
Carrots, chopped
1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes (sub stewed tomatoes)
6 cups vegetable stock

A dollop of plain coconut yogurt (I like Culina)
Cilantro, roughly chopped
Jalapeño, deseeded and diced
A squeeze of fresh lime
JF Spicy Salt, to taste


Step 1: In a large dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium/medium-high heat and begin to sauté your onion, celery, poblano chili, and garlic.

Step 2: Season with cumin, oregano, and JF Spicy Salt. Allow that to become slightly translucent over the heat.

Step 3: Work in your chopped cabbage, carrots, and the can of diced tomatoes; combine throughout.

Step 4: Pour in your vegetable stock. Bring this to a boil, then cover and let simmer over low heat for about an hour.

Step 5:Once time has elapsed and you’re satisfied with the consistency, transfer to serving bowls and enjoy warm topped with a dollop of plain coconut yogurt, cilantro, jalapeño, fresh lime, and my JF Spicy Salt.

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