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Hungarian Cabbage Soup Recipe

Looking for an authentic Hungarian cabbage soup recipe? If yes, you’re in the right place. Here, we’ve shared the most authentic and delicious Hungarian cabbage soup recipe that you’ll ever come across.
Hungarian Cabbage soup is the perfect meal for any time of day. It is hearty and filling, and it is packed with flavor. The best part about Hungarian Cabbage soup is that it is incredibly easy to make. 
So what are you waiting for? Give this soup a try today! 
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian Cuisine
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 230kcal


  • 1 large pan
  • 1 wooden spoon


  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 large red onion (chopped)
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp caraway seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb sliced kielbasa sausage
  • 3 tbsp Hungarian paprika powder
  • 1 cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced and smashed)
  • 1 lb bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • Sour cream (For serving)


  • In a pan, take the pieces of bacon. Cook over medium heat until it is almost crispy. 
  • Now add the onions (both types) and sauté over medium heat until they are soft and translucent. 
  • Reduce the heat to low, sprinkle the paprika powder, and add half a cup of water. Now, increase the heat to medium and keep stirring with the wooden spoon until the mixture becomes thin. 
  • Add the sliced kielbasa sausage and mix it with the mixture. Then add the sliced cabbage, broth, caraway seeds, and smashed garlic cloves. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and let simmer for one hour. Keep in the heat until the cabbage is completely broken down and soft. 
  • Add thoroughly salt, lemon juice and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. 


– If you want a more intense flavor, you can roast the garlic cloves and caraway seeds before adding them to the soup.
– You can also use sauerkraut in this soup instead of cabbage for a more authentic taste.
– For a more hearty soup, add some diced potatoes or noodles during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
– There is no need to pre-cook the cabbage. 
– To make the soup thicker, you can use all-purpose flour.
– Try to use fresh cabbage to make the soup more healthier. Remove the core and slice the cabbage into thin, small strips.
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