Cabbage Soup with Chicken and Pork

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This hearty cabbage soup with chicken, pork and lots of vegetables  is a simple one pot meal. Great comfort food for a cold winter evening.

This hearty cabbage soup with chicken, pork and lots of vegetables  is a simple one pot meal. Great comfort food for a cold winter evening.Cabbage Soup with Chicken and Pork

There’s nothing like a hearty soup in middle of winter. A few of my other favorite main dish soups are Stuffed Pepper Soup, Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and Beef, Tomato and Acini Di Pepe Soup.

I spent the weekend with Katia of Food For Every Season and she put together this amazing soup. Made with a few simple ingredients she had on hand, it filled the kitchen with the aroma of comfort food.

This hearty cabbage soup with chicken, pork and lots of vegetables  is a simple one pot meal. Great comfort food for a cold winter evening.
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Cabbage Soup with Chicken and Pork

255.2 Cals 31.7 Protein 12.5 Carbs 7.4 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Yield: 8 servings
CUISINE: American
This hearty cabbage soup with chicken, pork and lots of vegetables  is a simple one pot meal. Great comfort food for a cold winter evening.


  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 leeks, chopped (whites only)
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz. chicken breasts, 3 pieces
  • 4 6 oz. pieces lean pork like pork loin (24 oz total)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 oz brandy
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 Knorr chicken bullion
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Chop meat into small chunks.
  • In a large pot, combine meat, water and spices and boil about 15 minutes on medium.
  • Add vegetables and remaining ingredients.
  • Reduce to low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.


Calories: 255.2kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.5g, Protein: 31.7g, Fat: 7.4g, Saturated Fat: 2.6g, Cholesterol: 80.6mg, Sodium: 223.7mg, Fiber: 3.8g, Sugar: 1.5g
WW Points Plus: 6
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  1. This was so good! Filling, Almost tasted like corned beef and cabbage. Great cold weather recipe!

  2. What is considered a serving in this recipe: Cabbage Soup with Chicken and Pork?

  3. This soup was surprisingly delicious. I used boneless pork loin roast for the pork and it was so good!

  4. Could you use beef instead of chicken?

  5. Made this tonight and followed the recipe for the most part. Just added yellow potatoes and celery… it came out wonderful and I know it will make me feel better to. Under the weather ????

  6. Could you make this in a crock pot?

  7. This was really good! I did saute the leeks and carrots first, and I used chicken broth instead of water. Other than that I made it as written. Will totally make this again!

  8. I’m cooking it right now and it smells wonderful. With the ingredients, the recipe reminds me so much of a Mexican stew known as Caldo. I used bone-in chicken thighs and boneless country style ribs, which I will remove the bone from the thighs and chop along with the country style ribs, after cooking. I will let you know how it tasted. Oh, I did not use any kind of alcohol.

  9. Is the chicken precooked ?

  10. I omitted the alcohol and only used boneless skinless chicken thighs. Also added some crushed red pepper flakes and diced up a super ripe tomatoe. Yum!!!

  11. I made this tonight. I had to increase cooking time by 20 min to have everything cook through. I eliminated the brandy. Excellent flavor!! I would also like to know the servings in cups. Very difficult to divide by 8.

  12. Substituted Turkey Kolbassi for chicken and pork…….awesome!

  13. Can I make this with just drumstick? I would have to add a lot more water.

  14. This soup was yummy and much needed for a slight detox after holidays and work travel. I omitted the pork, added celery and added lemon juice to it. Delish!

  15. I added celery, chicken stock and fresh lime/cilantro upon serving and it was great 🙂

  16. Is the meat pre cooked or cooked in the recipe?

  17. Thanks for the recipe — it was a success!

  18. I also would like to know what size your servings turned out to be… I know it might be a little different depending on how much meat you have in the measurements…but it'll be pretty close. Is it 1 3/4 cup? BTW… I made this recipe with out the brandy or bay leaves (because I didn't have them on hand) and it was still VERY yummy! I would never have thought to use pork in a soup. LOVE IT! My family has loved all the recipes of your that I have prepared! Thank you!!! 🙂

  19. Could this be made in the crock pot?

  20. Made this soup tonight, it was amazing. Love you site, I've already made about 3 recipes and I LOVE that there are still so many good one. Also, best arroz con pollo recipe ever.


  21. Yum, yum, and yum! This soup had such a great flavor. Leftovers were fantastic too. Thanks!!

  22. Sure, why not!

  23. Could I use some of that Kahlua pork? I know it's smoked flavored, but I have lot left over from making it last Monday and though soup might be a nice way. What do you think?

  24. This soup was sooooo good! Thank you for these wonderful recipes

  25. Sure, it would still taste great!

  26. can i eliminate the pork? Will it still taste good?

  27. I added an 8oz. can of tomato sauce. I don't know what it is but just a little tomato sauce always seems to round out the soup. I put some tarragon in as well. Yummm!!!! thanks gina!

  28. Kim – I usually use enough bullion to taste. I haven't made it in the crock pot, I don't know if it would be as good. Enjoy and thanks for sharing!

  29. Had my husband go out and get an airplane sized bottle so we will do it the right way, we do not want to loose a little something something. I also wanted to know of it is one cube bouillon per cup of water? Have you ever made this in the crock pot? We are excited to try this as well, we loved the Shrimp and coconut soup and the cauliflower fritters, YUM! I have told all my friends and family about you!


  30. It will still be good, but the alcohol gives it a little extra something special. Let me know how you like it without!

  31. Will it loose any of the flavor if we omit the alcohol? Looks like I have everything I need but that. Excited to try it, thanks bunches!

  32. It's chicken bullion, you can use another brand if you don't have Knorr, like Maggi or whatever you usually use.

  33. what is knorr chicken bullion looks yum want to make it tomorrow

  34. I made this last week and it was so yummy!

  35. This soup is fabulous! I added a few parsnips that give it a very nice flavor and a few red potatoes and some green peas for color. Of course you have to recalculate points for WW, but it is wonderfully filling because it is so full of vegetables!

  36. Dear Gina,

    Great soup! I really looks so tasty and so healty! Mmmm, thanks for posting this recipe!

  37. Thanks for informative new recipes.

    Lots of Free Recipes

  38. Soup looks delicious. Nice click tooo 🙂

  39. This is a big bowl. I figured the points for the entire recipe, then divided it by 8. If you cut the pork in half and the chicken in smaller pieces, serve 3 oz pork, about 2 oz chicken, 8 oz of broth and a whole lot of veggies!

    • Sorry to be dense but can you tell me how many cups a serving is? Looks like 1 3/4 cups…. if I'm calculating correctly…. with out having to remove the meat and weigh it. This recipe looks YUMMY!

  40. What is a serving of this dish and how do you figure how much meat would be a serving?

  41. I find warming soups are great comfort foods for me and I make them with just vegetables and blend them with some veggie stock and spices and they are very low in calories and taste great!

  42. This was actually pork rib loin, any lean pork will work fine. You can use cognac instead of brandy or just eliminate it if you wish.

  43. What could I use instead of Brandy?

  44. Oh my gosh this looks sooooo good. Thank you for sharing Gina.

  45. This soup likes delicious. The pork though does not look like the loin. In fact it looks wonderful. More the cut that has more flavor. When you say loin do you mean those long “tubes” of pork that come in kryovac? Anyway, I am going to make this tonight.