Tuscan Cabbage and Polenta Soup

Prep: 11 minutes; Cook: 37 minutes

Once the polenta is added to this soup, it should be the consistency of oatmeal--perfect for warming body and soul on cold winter days. Leftovers will continue to thicken and may be thinned with additional water or broth. Slices of toasted crusty Italian bread usually accompany this soup.


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9 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 2 teaspoons cheese)

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Oxmoor House

Nutritional Information

Calories 108
Fat 2.1 g
Satfat 0.7 g
Protein 6.5 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 773 mg
Calcium 73 mg


2 teaspoons olive oil
8 cups chopped green cabbage (about 1 small head)
1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 (32-ounce) containers fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup instant dry polenta
6 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese


1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cabbage, onion, and garlic; cook 12 minutes or until almost tender. Add broth, salt, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 12 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Slowly add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Simmer 5 minutes or until thick. Discard bay leaf. Ladle soup into individual bowls, and sprinkle with cheese.


Lorrie Corvin,

Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection

June 2006
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