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Cabbage Cranberry Soup

Cabbage Cranberry Soup


Oh I know this soup sounds much too plebeian to be served at a Seder meal, but just wait till you see how delicious it is: My guests love it! The cranberry sauce is the secret ingredient here: It works like a charm!

Yields: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 6 ribs celery, peeled
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 1 medium white cabbage, thinly sliced in a food processor
  • 3 large potatoes, grated
  • 1 15 ounce can cranberry sauce
  • 1 large bunch dill, chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley root, leaves chopped, root grated (if you have trouble finding it, substitute a bunch of flat parsley)
  • 1 large can tomato juice
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Good pinch saffron
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy pot.
  2. In a food processor, coarsely grind the onion, celery and garlic and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add all but last 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Add last 3 ingredients and cook 5 more minutes
Lévana Kirschenbaum was co-owner of Levana Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (alas, recently closed after thirty two years), and the pioneer in Kosher upscale dining. She is a cooking teacher and cookbook author, and gets countless devoted fans for her fearless, practical and nutritious approach to cooking. She gives weekly cooking demos, and gets cooking demo engagements around the country. For more information on Lévana's demos, recipes, or latest cookbook, "The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple” visit her blog.
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Andrew Stiller Philadelphia March 17, 2015

cranberry soup Neshama,

If it helps, I also used chopped cranberries. I don't think it made a difference. Since then, I have also made the soup using either currants or (surprisingly) blueberries. Each time, it was a hit with the family. Reply

Neshama California March 17, 2015

cranberry sauce Can you substitute chopped cranberries for the canned sauce? I keep cranberries in the freezer, but never buy the commercial cranberry jelly. Reply

Andrew Stiller Philadelphia January 28, 2014

Incredible I made this soup on a snowy day in Philadelphia. The entire family LOVED it. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. This one is definitely "a keeper." Reply

Levana January 12, 2014

Cabbage cranberry soup Hi Andrew, this soup is really great , you will love it. The large can tomato juice is 32 ounces (4 cups). Reply

Andrew Stiller Philadelphia January 10, 2014

Soup Question This cabbage cranberry soup sounds great. When you say to add a large can of tomato juice, can you be more specific? 16 ounces? 32 ounces? Thanks so much. I'm eager to try this recipe. Reply

Sherrie FL March 17, 2013

How many servings does this make? Reply

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