Hot & Sour Cabbage Soup

Total: 50 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

This soup recipe was inspired by the flavors of Dr. McDougall’s hot & sour instant soup, made extra healthy with lots of antioxidant-rich purple cabbage.


  • 1 Tbsp low sodium tamari
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke (or 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 a block firm tofu, drained and pressed, cubed
  • 1 cup leek, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 5 - 6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut + 1/2 cup of sauerkraut juice
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp low sodium tamari
  • 2 tsp - 1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the marinade for the tofu by mixing the tamari and liquid smoke in a bowl, then coat the tofu cubes in the marinade. Toss so they get evenly coated and allow to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes.
  3. Arrange tofu on a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 12 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  4. In a large soup pot over medium heat, add a couple tablespoons of water and when the water begins to boil, add in the chopped leek and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped mushrooms and garlic to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes or until mushrooms have lost their water.
  6. Deglaze the mushrooms by adding the balsamic vinegar and cooking for another minute or so. Then add in the purple cabbage, bell pepper, sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice, caraways seeds, vegetable broth, hot sauce, lime juice, and tamari (or salt lightly to taste).
  7. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat slightly and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes.
  8. Add in the baked tofu and taste to adjust the amount of salt, hot sauce, and lime juice before serving.

Elle Ribera is a whole food, plant-based nutrition blogger and food photographer at, where she shares new healthy recipes every week. Elle spends most of her time testing and photographing recipes in her tiny travel trailer kitchen alongside an equally plant-obsessed rescued rabbit named Violet. Elle graduated from the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program in 2016. Follow her on Instagram @herenownutrition.
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