Charlie Bucket's cabbage soup

The first time we had cabbage soup for dinner, Red Chief wasn't so sure about it. You know, cabbage and beans. But when we pointed out that Charlie Bucket eats cabbage soup, he took a few bites.

This week when Red Chief saw a head of cabbage in the fridge, he got excited about it. I have to admit that this soup doesn't sound or look very exciting, but the beans thicken the broth and it's surprisingly tasty given the simple ingredients.

Even though spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, this soup might have to stay on the menu—I just love watching my little boy shovel cabbage into his mouth with a smile. Now if only I can convince Tiger Lily to eat it.


Charlie Bucket's cabbage soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 cups water
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
3 cups cooked white beans (about 2 cans)
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 head green cabbage, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onions and celery in olive oil in large pot until onion is transparent. Add garlic and cook a minute more. Add water, bouillon, beans, vinegar, and spices. Add cabbage (if your pot isn't huge you might need to do this in a few shifts and let it cook down between). Simmer for 30-60 minutes, then season to taste with salt and plenty of pepper.

Adapted from this recipe.


  1. I think this sounds tasty. And I love the Red Chief likes it because of Charlie Bucket. I was the same way with Laura Ingalls!

  2. i've got some cabbage in the fridge right now that i was trying to figure out what to do with it. i'd love to love cabbage since it's so good for you but... i struggle with it in anything other than stir-fry. we'll give this a try. maybe charlie buckets inspiration will help me too!

  3. Add a can of diced tomatoes and any other leftover veggies and you have my veggie soup! (Minus the balsalmic vinegar.)