(Magic) red cabbage puréed soup

Even common ingredients can hide a bit of magic.

Red cabbage, for example, is rich in vitaminsnatural salts and anthocyanins – the molecules responsible for its characteristic color. Where's the magic you say? Well, mixed with certain acidic ingredients, anthocyanins change color!

Rita used this simple kitchen-magic to make a pink heart pop in her purple soup: a fun spin for an intimate Valentine's Day dinner at home.

Grab your cauldron – oops, soup pot – it's love-potion time!

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If you try this recipe tag us in your pics, we can’t wait to see your magic potion!


(Magic) red cabbage puréed soup

Servings: 2

Keywords: Healthy soup, Red cabbage, Soups and creams

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hours 0 mins


  • 1 soup pot
  • 1 immersion blender
  • 1 red cabbage (approx 1.5lbs)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 shallot
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp EVO oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Instructions

    1. Peel and slice the shallot, then rinse the red cabbage, halve it, remove the hard internal rib then slice into thin strips
    2. Pour the EVOO in your soup pot, turn on low-med heat, add the shallot and let it gently sweat for a few minutes until softened and starting to turn golden, then add the sliced red cabbage and a good pinch of salt and toss
    3. Pour 4 cups of water into the pot, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 50 minutes without lid, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on the liquid and add 1 or 2 more cups of water as needed
    4. Turn off the heat and blend with an immersion blender until perfectly creamy and smooth, then add the heavy cream and mix it through. Season with freshly cracked black pepper, a grating of nutmeg, and adjust the salt
    5. At this point, your puréed soup is ready to be eaten... but you can still have some fun! Move a few tablespoons of the purée to a separate bowl, add a good squeeze of lemon juice, and stir. Hocus-pocus! Your purple cream just turned bright pink
    6. Serve the purple purée and have fun decorating it with the pink one. You can also use a few more drops of cream like Rita did for additional patterns and color contrast. Buon appetito!