Creamy Vegetable Soup with Summer Herbs

by katerina on July 15, 2009

I wanted to call this a summer soup, but the reality is that the ingredients are in season almost all year long. Cabbage, carrots and potatoes are in season in BC through October. Cabbage is in season until March! Your basil wouldn’t last but you can always try freezing your fresh herbs in ice as I have seen maybe people do so you could eat this soup year round.

Because of the long cooking time of the cabbage, as well as the addition of potatoes, the result is creamy and delicious. I love the flavor cabbage takes on when it has been cooked low and long. What is your favorite way to use cabbage?

This recipe is truly easy to make, I threw it all in the pot, asked J to make sure it simmered, then went to spin. When I came back it was virtually done!

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Creamy Vegetable Soup with Summer Herbs

(serves 2-4)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
1/3 head green cabbage, shredded
2 large carrots, sliced
1 1/2 cups of potatoes
1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper
1 handful fresh basil
1 handful fresh parsley

Saute onion in oil for 5 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots and potatoes, a big pinch of salt, and stock. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes.

Remove about 4 cups and blend with a blender or use an immersion blender. Add back to pot. Mince fresh herbs and stir in. Taste and correct for seasoning, you will want, at the very least, a healthy amount of pepper.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 100 minutes | Total Time:110 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 357

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Nina Timm July 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I don't normally like cabbage in my soup, but you have camouflaged it well!! The natural light in that photo is beautiful!!!
I like cabbage lightly steamed and slightly buttered!!


Karine July 16, 2009 at 1:44 am

I love this soup! I believe it can be a great comfort meal!


Kate July 16, 2009 at 5:35 am

What a great way to sneak in some cabbage! Will have to try this one! I like cabbage best raw in coleslaw with a asian inspired, non-mayo dressing.


Christie's Corner July 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Gorgeous photo. The soup looks so inviting.

Cabbage is a vegetable I can live without, but as Kate says, this looks like a great way to "sneak" some into the diet. Just don't tell my husband.


Carli July 16, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Great blog! Lovin' your recipes and photos. I think you might like my blog as well…check it out if you get a chance.


Thanks again. I can't wait to make this soup!


Richard July 17, 2009 at 1:50 am

You're making me really hungry! Nice recipe.

Perhaps you'd like to check out some of mine at my DailyChef blog.


Valerie July 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Hi, It looks like the onion is missing from the ingredients list.

Can't wait to try this recipe, thanks!


Katerina July 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Nina – that sounds good too!

Kate – I almost made that with my leftover cabbage actually! And only made soup because of the weather.

Valerie – nice catch thanks!


Deborah July 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I don't use cabbage nearly enough… I have been wanting to make soup, but it's been so hot here that I can't imagine trying to eat anything hot! But this does sound great.


Tender Branson July 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm

The soup looks beautiful, can't wait to try it out. My favorite use of cabbage is in colcannon (an Irish dish consisting of mashed potatoes with steamed cabbage). The people that come to my St. Patrick's Day meal every year love it!


Parita July 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Soup looks gorgeous! love the color! i normally dont add cabbage in my soup, will try next time:)


Katerina July 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Deborah – I know how you feel, our heatwave has started again too.

Tender Branson – that sounds delicious and so hearty!

Parita – let me know how it goes!


Jennifer July 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

What a beautiful soup! It looks SOOO creamy for having no cream!


Kim August 20, 2009 at 8:04 am

Lovely soup. Husband has even said I should make it for mother in law (great accolade indeed!)


Katerina August 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Kim – awesome! A very high compliment!


allie September 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Made this over the past weekend and it was delicious – thank you so much!


Allie September 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

I made this last night – it was so good! Thank you!


katerina September 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

@Allie & @allie, so glad you both enjoyed it! I need to make this again.


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