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Kid-Approved Hidden Cabbage Soup

I recently found myself with a whole lotta cabbage on my hands.  Usually I throw it in the corned beef pot while it is in it’s final stages of cooking, shred it and stuff some egg rolls with it, or I make Kaposzta Teszta (Hungarian fried cabbage and egg noodles). This time, we had just used all three of those options and still had more cabbage left. I also found myself with less than an hour to have dinner ready for the fam. This recipe started out as a modified version of the Hungarian cabbage and noodles dish I love. It ended as a flavorful, yummy cabbage and mixed veggie soup that the kids slurped down! I call it hidden cabbage soup because the cabbage must have been hidden… the kids didn’t make a single anti-cabbage comment!

Kid-Approved Hidden Cabbage Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6-8 cups

1- 1 1/2 cups

Kid-Approved Hidden Cabbage Soup


  • 1/2 med. head chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 med. head of chopped cauliflower (if you have it)
  • 1 bag steamed mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 box ditalini pasta
  • 4 Tb butter
  • I added these in pinches, so the total is an estimate:
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb pepper
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 Tb paprika
  • 1 Tb garlic powder
  • 4 Tb dried minced onion
  • approx 8 cups of chicken broth (you'll need at least 6 cups)


  1. Grab your stock pot and melt the first TB of butter.
  2. Once, the butter has melted, add a handful of cabbage.
  3. Add a pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, and 1 Tb of minced onion.
  4. Saute the cabbage until it is literally making you think it is burning. Trust me, you want the brown edges. Do not remove it from the pot.
  5. Then add another Tb of butter, another bunch of cabbage, and more pinches of salt, pepper, & onion
  6. Saute until the edges are browning. This is how Hungarian kaposzta teszta starts.
  7. Continue this saute process until all of your cabbage is in the pot glistening & translucent with some brown edges.
  8. Then add 2 cups of chicken broth
  9. Add cauliflower
  10. Bring to a boil
  11. Add the steamed vegetables. ( I usually add them after steaming them for half the recommended time to avoid cooling down the soup too much & having it take forever to bring it to a boil again)
  12. Add 2 more cups of chicken broth, celery salt, paprika, garlic powder, another pinch of pepper, and the rest of the minced onion
  13. Let it simmer for about five minutes
  14. Add the pasta, here is where you determine if you need to add 2 - 4 more cups of chicken broth. I added 4 to give my pasta room to cook and keep my soup soupy (as opposed to stewy looking)
  15. Once the pasta is done cooking, remove from heat & enjoy!!!!

A Quick & Easy Cabbage Soup that the Kids Enjoyed!

A Quick & Easy Cabbage Soup that the Kids Enjoyed!

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  1. Sydney

    Wow, great blog.Thanks Again. Great.

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