Curried Corn and Cabbage Soup: A Perfect Bridge Between Spring and Summer

You know that time of year when winter is gradually turning into spring, and then before you know it, summer suddenly arrives? I’m bridging the gap!

Oblique view of a bowl of curried vegan soup, with white beans, corn, leafy brassicas, and onions.

A few days ago, the sun blindsided us and turned the season from spring to summer, just like that. Weird how it does that. Every single season. Every. Single. Year.

Three cloves of purple garlic on a patterned tablecloth.

The local produce is in this weird place where I was able to buy, in the same week, a head of delicious cabbage and a few ears of sweet, sweet corn.

Macro shot of a curried cabbage and corn soup in a white porcelain bowl with a slice of crusty garlic bread.

I feel that the gods should be displeased about how a winter/spring food is commingling with a definite summer food. But of course, here in California with our more temperate climate and different patterns of precipitation than other parts of the country, some of our seasonal trends might differ from what you’re used to.

Closeup of a white ceramic bowl full of curried cabbage and corn soup with white beans and onions, sitting on a patterned tablecloth.

But this particular combination? It works. So well. The roasted curry flavor says warm, cozy winter food. The light broth says it’s time for some lighter summer fare!

Top-down view of two bowls of curried cabbage and corn soup, with white beans and yellow onion, sitting on a patterned tablecloth.

The potatoes… well, we all know that potatoes are good, and welcome at any time of year. And they’re right at home cuddled up with their cabbage and corn buddies in this amazing soup.

Vegan-friendly, hearty, and delicious, with a boost of added protein from the creamy white beans, it’s all you need for a satisfying meal, at just about any time of year.

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A white ceramic bowl full of curried cabbage and corn soup sitting on a patterned table cloth with a chunk of crusty garlic bread.

Curried Corn and Cabbage Soup

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A delicious soup recipe to bridge the gap between spring and summer. Warm curry, fresh corn, and tender cabbage meld together to make a hearty, filling soup that you’ll make time and again.




  1. Warm 1 Tbsp oil in a dutch oven or other soup pot. Add the potatoes and cook over medium-high heat, stirring every occasionally minutes, until they are tender and golden on all sides, about 7-10 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes cook, remove the core from the cabbage and slice it into thin strips about an inch long. Cut the corn kernels off the cob.
  3. When the potatoes are tender, add the corn and diced yellow onion along with another tablespoon or so of oil. Cook until they start to brown a bit, then add the curry powder and minced garlic. Cook stirring constantly for about 30 seconds, until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add the broth or water and bring to a boil. Rinse and drain the canned beans in a colander. Stir in the cabbage and white beans, and bring to a boil again. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  5. Add a bunch of freshly ground pepper. Stir in salt 1/4 tsp at a time until the soup is seasoned well, to taste. Serve hot with some fresh garlic bread.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

Keywords: Vegan, Soup, Cabbage, Potato, Curry, Corn, Quick, Easy, vegetarian

What about you? Do you like to spice up your soups with curry or other flavors? Let us know in the comments below, and please give this recipe a rating in the comment section!

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Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on July 7th, 2014. Last updated: June 7, 2022 at 12:49 pm. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).

13 thoughts on “Curried Corn and Cabbage Soup: A Perfect Bridge Between Spring and Summer”

  1. This looks amazing! I was just introduced to cabbage not that long ago and am curious to try more recipes with it :))

  2. This recipe sounds great and I am most interested in the E-course, especially on the better ways to meal plan and stick to eating a minimal sugar diet.

    • The minimal sugar thing is really what pulled me in, also. Alexa relates it to a drug, and I totally think she’s right. Let’s quit sugar together!

    • That should be a great one! My sleep hasn’t been so spot on lately, so I’m really looking to improve it through my nutrition.

  3. Firstly, that soup looks delicious, and the photos are gorgeous!!! Love seeing what you gals are doing here to partner up. 🙂

    • Since this isn’t a slow-cooked dish, it won’t really benefit from prep in a slow cooker. But this could absolutely be done, especially if you have a model that includes a saute/searing function to brown the vegetables before adding your broth.

  4. All I can say is DELICIOUS!! I waited until my husband went fishing to make this (he doesn’t like cooked cabbage…and I could have it all to myself). This was the first time making this and I was skeptical due to other online recipes overpromising and underdelivering. This was a home-run and so good…I couldn’t stop eating it! I had 2 bowls for dinner last night and eating another for lunch today! Thanks for sharing this and I will definitely be making this again!


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