Hungarian Sweet 'n' Sour Cabbage Soup

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is out of my "Whole Foods Market Cookbook".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, and caraway seeds, and saute, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent.
  3. Stir in the paprika, and cook for 1 minute while stirring continuously.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes (with juice), tomato puree, cold water, and vinegar. Bring the soup to a simmer,.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the cabbage and lemon zest; continue to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  7. Add the honey.
  8. Season the soup with the salt and pepper and the optional smoked paprika.
Most Helpful

Wow, there are some really great flavors here! Love that it's low calorie and low fat, means we can eat as much as we want without the guilt. Much better than WW cabbage soup. I used yellow onion, chicken stock for the water, and orange peel for the lemon zest, but otherwise made as directed including the smoked paprika. Deliciously different and this will make a great addition to our winter-warm-me-up soups. Might even add some meatballs next time because DH said it's tastes like stuffed cabbage. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

2Bleu June 19, 2011

I am not sure how to rate this....I will give it a 3 with a possible 4 stars when I make it again. You do not give enough detail on the paprika. There are two kinds of Hungarian paprika, sweet and hot. Both of them are smoked. So not sure what you mean by sweet and smoked. I used sweet and hot. I think I should have used just sweet. It had a huge kick. Also, the vinegar was way too much so I doubled the honey. I am thinking of using just plain white vinegar. I think that would be more authentic. All in all, it is a good base. Will make again with the changes I talked about.

Gail the Chef January 20, 2014

Very good soup and only 2 ww points plus soup! I made a few changes by using coleslaw mix instead of just cabbage, fennel seed and dill weed instead of caraway seed and using 1 large can of tomatoes crushed instead of the puree and canned tomatoes. The remainder will go in the freezer for lunches. Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ August 08, 2013