{Spicy Diet Soup Recipe: Just in Time for Summer!}

This recipe has been floating around our family for a few years now but I’m fairly certain that each of us makes it slightly different. Although we call it the “Spicy Diet Soup” in our house, it’s basically a cabbage soup that’s rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.  I’ve never made this soup with the intent of losing weight, but we love how it tastes so I make it once or twice a year and put it in canning jars so it’ll last us a few months.  This and other variations of cabbage soup is commonly used as the integral part of a seven-day cleansing diet which I think looks super intense, but I’ve never tried it.  In fact, I usually dip a piece of bread and butter into my soup. =) The best site I’ve found that explains the diet regime, if you’re interested in trying it, is this one: www.my7daydiet.com

I should point out that this soup does NOT have to be spicy!  If you don’t care for spicy food you can leave it out altogether and I bet you’ll still find it tasty.  We love spicy food so I’ll make it as hot as we can handle.  You also do NOT have to want to lose 10 pounds in a week to try this recipe!  We eat it whenever we want and by canning it it works great as a quick meal if we’re short for time or if there’s nothing else planned for lunch or supper.  Another option would be having one bowl of soup before every meal if you’re “watching” your weight– it’ll help to make you feel full, but with virtually no calories.

Here’s my version of the recipe.

I use a very large pot (21.5 qt.) to make the soup in that’s actually meant for water bathing jars when canning anything that’s cold.  But because the soup is still very hot when I put it into the jars the lids seal on their own and they don’t actually have to go into a water bath (lucky or I would have to own two of those ginormous pots).  I ended up with nine quart jars when I was done.


1 bunch of green onions
2 green peppers
3 large cans of whole tomatoes (original calls for 2 cans)
2 bunches of celery (original calls for 1 bunch)
3 lb. carrots
1 full head of cabbage
16 cups vegetable broth (4- 900 ml boxes)*
8 cups of water*
Sriracha to taste (original calls for ¾ bottle franks red hot OR ¾ bottle tobasco)
Optional: salt, pepper, parsley, bouillon (I don’t put any of these, although Davin puts heaps of salt and pepper in each of his bowls)

*the original recipe calls for 8 cups of broth or water but with a whole head of cabbage, which the original also calls for, I find that 8 cups is not nearly enough to cover all of the vegetables, so I put as much as I need


  • Cut all veggies into small pieces
  • Using a large pot, cover with water & vegetable broth and boil fast for at least 10 minutes
  • Reduce heat and simmer until all veggies are tender

This is a summary of the seven-day diet:

Day 1:  All fruits (no bananas)
Day 2:  All veggies, especially leafy salads (no peas or corn) & one large baked potato
Day 3:  All fruit or veggies (no bananas or potatoes)
Day 4:  Bananas and skim milk only (to replenish potassium and calcium)
Day 5:  Meat and up to six tomatoes
Day 6:  Meat and all kinds of veggies
Day 7:  Fruit juice, fruit and veggies (brown rice is optional on this day)

Note: You can substitute fish or chicken (grilled or baked, no skin) for one meat day

  • Eat all the time, whenever hungry
  • Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water daily
  • DO have unsweetened fruit drinks, cranberry juice, skim milk, plain tea, black coffee
  • DON’T eat bread, alcohol or fried foods

Slice & dice all of the vegetables & throw them into the pot

Add in canned tomatoes and water/vegetable broth until all vegetables are covered.

Add Sriracha to taste and stir.  Boil for at least 10 minutes or until veggies are tender.  Let it cool just long enough so that if you spill some on yourself when you’re pouring it into the jars it doesn’t burn you.  It does need to be hot enough for the jars to seal though!  Be sure to screw all of the lids on tightly – then wait for them to “pop!”


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April 30, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Chelsy - Lisa! This soup looks so tasty and easy to make and store!! Thanks for sharing it!!

May 1, 2013 - 12:29 am

2nd Cousin Lisa - That looks delicious! I’m tempted to try it using pre-cut cole slaw mix to cut down on the prep.
Your blog looks nice. I can’t wait to read on!

May 1, 2013 - 2:17 pm

admin - You bet, Chelsey!

Lisa, I’m sure cole slaw will work just as well. If you try it, let me know how it is!

May 15, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Edie - This is one of my favourite soups to make when I’m feeling it’s time to purify the body. I’ve tried to get hubby to join me with the plan but 7 days are apparently too long to go without his daily glass of red wine. AND I ensure that I don’t use terms such as ‘diet’, ‘detox’, or ‘cleansing’ to describe the soup as he fears he will be put on some kind of diet!

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