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  • Makes 12 cups

This hearty winter stew is full of German-style flavors that will warm your belly on a cold night. Bright yellow delicata squash melds with earthy cabbage, creamy white beans, and hearty potatoes to create a chunky and oh-so-satisfying stew. Coarse-grain mustard is stirred into the savory broth to pay homage to Germanic classics (think bratwurst flavors without the meat) while toasted caraway seeds add a subtle licorice zing to each bite. The pumpernickel croutons make this cabbage soup recipe absolutely drool-worthy, and you can use extras in a salad later in the week.

For more vegan cabbage recipes, check out these tasty ideas:


  • 4 slices whole grain pumpernickel bread
  • 1 1-lb. delicata squash
  • ½ of a medium head green cabbage
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ lb. tiny new potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added white beans, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
  • 1 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse-grain mustard
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut bread into ½-inch cubes and spread on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper. Halve squash lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Cut halves into ½-inch-thick slices, then cut slices into 1-inch pieces. Remove core from cabbage half and cut cabbage into ½-inch slices. Cut onion into ½-inch wedges. Arrange squash, cabbage, and onion in prepared pan. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the vinegar. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or until almost tender and starting to brown. Cool slightly and chop cabbage and onion into bite-size pieces.
  3. In a 5- to 6-quart pot combine roasted vegetables, broth, potatoes, beans, and 1 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, the remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and the mustard. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small dry skillet, toast caraway seeds over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, shaking skillet occasionally
  5. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with pumpernickel croutons, toasted caraway seeds, and parsley.

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Chris3 months ago
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Could you replace delicate squash with butternut squash?

Forks Over Knives2 months ago
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Hi Chris,
Absolutely! Pretty much any type of winter squash would work here. Let us know how it goes!

Christine Thomas7 months ago
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You don’t mention the remaining 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.

Me3 months ago
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There is 3tbsp in step 2 and 1 in step 3

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