I’m a huge fan or year-round soup. Especially, when it’s as fresh and flavorful as this cabbage soup with orzo pasta recipe. 

This recipe is light, healthy and easy to make. Plus, cabbage is loaded with fiber, so you’ll feel complete satiated after enjoying a bowl or two!

Cabbage Soup with Orzo Pasta – Healthyish Foods

Growing up we always ate cabbage soup. My Mom would make it in huge batches whenever she was trying to watch her diet. In fact, some experts say cabbage is a great weight loss veggie. It has virtually zero calories and is very filling. At the time, I didn’t appreciate how delicious it was, but now I am a huge fan.  And this recipe does not disappoint. 

Cabbage Soup with Orzo Pasta – Healthyish Foods
Cabbage Soup with Orzo Pasta – Healthyish Foods

Cabbage Soup with Orzo Pasta

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  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup corn kernels, canned, fresh or frozen will work
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced
  • 1 can crushed roasted tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can green beans drained
  • 2 cups veggie broth, chicken broth will work too
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Fresh Italian parsley
  • Orzo pasta


  • pasta pot
  • saute pan with sides


  • Boil a pot of water and cook the orzo pasta according to the package. Drain water from the pasta, drizzle it with olive oil to prevent sticking and set it aside.
  • Grab a 3.5-quart sauté pan with sides.
  • Over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 cup of diced onion.
  • Sweat the onion until it begins to soften.
  • Add in the corn kernels, sliced cabbage and 1 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes, 1 can sliced green beans, veggie or chicken broth, lemon juice, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little spice.
  • Turn the heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes until all of the flavors have a chance to marry together.
  • Finish with fresh chopped parsley and a few scoops of the orzo pasta. I like to store my noodles separate from the soup so they do not soak up all of the broth. Serve with a slice of toasted bread or naan.
  • Try adding some shredded chicken for extra protein.