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Wholesome Cabbage Soup with Spicy Kimchi

The combination of fresh garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil make this healthy cabbage soup like a stir-fry comfort food (only in hearty soup form). Browning a little ground pork also makes it a filling main meal. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword gut healing soup, healthy cabbage soup, kimchi soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 311 kcal
Author Kettle & Fire


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 inches ginger minced
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage (1 large head)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 14 ounces spicy kimchi, juice and all
  • 4 cups Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the ground pork and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.

  2. Add the cabbage. Then stir in the soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame oil. Add the bone broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until the cabbage is completely soft, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat. Stir in the kimchi and kimchi juice. Serve and garnish with the scallions.

Recipe Notes

  • To preserve all the live active cultures in the kimchi, it's best to add it off heat, after the rest of soup has cooked.
  • Paleo | Whole30 | Dairy free