French Cabbage Soup

One of my favorite blogs is Morning’s Minion  by a lady from Vermont who retired to live in Kentucky.  Her posts are full of her activities with her cats and her old horse, Pebble, and descriptions of her quilts and their favorite foods.  The other day, she said she had made some French Cabbage soup, which was new to me .  I looked at recipes on the internet and put together different elements along with my own preferences to make this delicious soup with the French kick being the bread and Swiss topping.  I don’t know what recipe my friend in Kentucky used, but this version surely is good.   Homemade chicken broth is best to use, but the kind in a can or box is fine, too.


  • 3 Tblsp. butter
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth (two 14.5 oz. cans)
  • 1 cup potato, raw, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour plus water to make 1 cup
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of sturdy bread
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese, cut on the diagonal
  • Smoked Paprika for sprinkling

In a large soup pot, melt the butter and over medium low heat, saute the onions and carrots until tender.

Add the chicken broth, potatoes and cabbage.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 20 minutes until cabbage and potatoes are tender.

Place flour in a one-cup measure and add enough water to make one cup.  Whisk until smooth and stir this mixture into the soup along with the thyme and salt and pepper to taste (be sure to taste before adding salt – some broth is very salty).

Simmer on medium heat for 20 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

When ready to serve, ladle the hot soup into four oven-proof bowls.  Top each bowl with a slice of bread, a piece of Swiss cheese and a sprinkling of paprika.  Place under the broiler to melt and slightly brown the cheese (watch closely so the cheese doesn’t burn).  Serve immediately.

4 servings

I used some of my old standby Italian bread for the topping.  Just right for perching on top of hot soup.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

10 thoughts on “French Cabbage Soup”

  1. I have never heard of French Cabbage Soup but I do love French Onion so I’ll have to give it a go. I absolutely love your soup bowl. My mom has an owl made from the same sort of ceramic with the brown glaze. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love cabbage in all my soups. Too bad I am out of it today. I am going to try this one for sure.

  3. Oh my that looks good, and on a cold, windy day like today, it would certainly hit the spot! Thanks for sharing your version.

  4. That looks so good on this COLD winter’s day! I read Sharon’s blog also. I’ve been reading all your wonderful posts and it’s about time I catch up on commenting! Hope all is well.


  5. I’ve never heard of this type soup either… but it does sound perfect for a shivery, windy day like today. Will add cabbage to my grocery list and try this out…

    Thanks for sharing, Lillian!

  6. My recipe for French Cabbage Soup came from Jim’s sister and husband in Ohio–and in turn from our BIL’s Mom. It calls for ground beef, but I’ve been wanting to experiment with a meatless version to share with vegetarian friends.
    I seldom follow a soup recipe to the letter, seeing it as more a process–but will surely be trying this. It appears that soup weather will continue yet awhile.
    How kind of you to mention my blog–it is lovely to find others who share our special delights.

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