Yes, that’s a mouthful, but it’s a really good one … believe me! I hesitated over sharing this Spicy Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Bean, and Vegetable Soup because the original version was not totally made from scratch as most of my soups are. The first time around I made this soup using Bloody Mary mix actually. I always buy Bloody Mary mix for our Valentine’s Day parties. Some years it gets consumed. Some years not.
This year the Bloody Mary mix didn’t even get opened. I knew that I wasn’t going to put it back in my liquor cabinet (aka the top shelf of my pantry) because it would not get used if I did that either. We don’t have many Bloody Mary drinking friends who stop by. Although pre-made Bloody Mary mix can be some fairly horrific stuff … full of high fructose corn syrup and lots of undesirable ingredients as lots of drink mixers (but not all) are, the mix I found was one of the the healthier ones. It was free of gluten (of course), HFCS, and MSG, but it did contain some ingredients at the end of the listing (therefore, in lesser amounts) that are not ones I normally consume (e.g., soy). From the ingredients listing, the Worcestershire sauce included in this Bloody Mary mix even appeared to be vegan, which is a bonus for my vegan friends.
So I decided I’d use this Bloody Mary mix in some soups because I’ve been on a real soup kick of late. Although Mr. GFE doesn’t care to eat soup night after night, particularly the same soup night after night, but when I come up with a good soup, I’m more than happy to eat it several times in a row. Even for several meals in a row. I will eat great soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This soup is a great soup. Every time I eat a spoonful, I am thrilled with the combination of flavors and textures. It’s perfect for a Meatless Monday and other than the Bloody Mary mix, all the ingredients come from your basic pantry—broth, sweet potatoes, finely shredded cabbage (these become very much like noodles), shredded carrots, black beans, chickpeas (you know how I love them!), corn, and coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk).
A quick and easy substitution for Bloody Mary mix is a spicy tomato juice or regular tomato juice or even V-8. I most often use V-8 to make my own version from scratch today.
This soup is full of flavor and textures, and it's delightful! Shredded cabbage gives this soup a little crunch and even a bit of a noodle vibe without actual pasta. I originally made this soup with leftover Bloody Mary Mix. These days I use tomato juice or V-8 juice. I sometimes add diced or pureed tomatoes for a slightly thicker soup. I’d definitely recommend the use of an immersion blender near the end of your cooking time, to nicely thicken the soup, whether you are adding diced or larger pieces of tomatoes or not. Incidentally, the finely shredded cabbage in this recipe creates a nice crunchy “noodle” effect.
Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Bean, and Veggie Soup
This soup is full of flavor and textures, and it's delightful! Shredded cabbage gives this soup a little crunch and even a bit of a noodle vibe without actual pasta.
I originally made this soup with leftover Bloody Mary Mix. These days I use tomato juice or V-8 juice. I sometimes add diced or pureed tomatoes for a slightly thicker soup. I’d definitely recommend the use of an immersion blender near the end of your cooking time, to nicely thicken the soup, whether you are adding diced or larger pieces of tomatoes or not. Incidentally, the finely shredded cabbage in this recipe creates a nice crunchy “noodle” effect.
Ina Gawne says
Shirley – this soup sounds wonderful! I love soups too – and easily could eat soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Cabbage is fantastic in soups – not only tasty but hearty as well.
Ina–Thanks! I am a latecomer to loving cabbage, especially in soups, but now I am hooked! Because this cabbage was shredded and there was much more than cabbage included in the soup, there was no particular “eau de chou” and hubby enjoyed this soup on Day One, too. 😉
So smart Shirley! And classic Gluten-Free Easily 🙂 I always wanted to like Bloody Mary’s, but I just couldn’t do it! In a soup though, yes I think so!
Maggie–Aww, thanks, dear! I do live my gfe approach. 😉 I’ve never enjoyed Bloody Mary’s either, but combined with sweet potatoes, cabbage, etc., the flavors are perfection. I’ve been missing this soup!
Ohhhhh yum!! What beautiful pictures, Shirley! This is a must for me as Mr. Spinner and I love a good Bloody Mary , so the soup is sure to be a hit.
Thanks so much, Mary, on the recipe and the photos. I was pleased with these photos! You and Mr. Spinner might like less additions to your version of this soup since you’re already Bloody Mary fans. 😉 You can make a batch of Bloody Mary mix (I’m sure you have your own favorite recipe) and use some for soup and some for actual Bloody Mary’s. 🙂
I am such a soup girl! Love this recipe. Pinning to make VERY soon.
Thanks for the Pin, dear, and the kind words! I seriously believe that you will love this soup for sure! 🙂
InTolerant Chef says
What an interesting mix indeed Shirley! I love soup too- yummo!
InTolerant Chef–Thanks! I find I like things more interesting as I am getting older. 😉 LOL This soup has a great balance of spiciness with all the other ingredients. I need to make another batch of soup to enjoy all week! It’s so easy to not have to prepare anything and just grab a bowl. 🙂
Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska says
This sounds really yummy, Shirley! And I like that you used bloody mary mix. I bet it really adds to the flavor!
Thanks, Megan! The flavor was incredible. I really have to make a totally from scratch version of this recipe. 😉
This sounds so interesting – not to mention warm and inviting. I can’t wait to give it a try. My next search might just be for a homemade Bloody Mary mix – because I love to mix things up in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Hi Lisa–I’m so sorry that I just discovered your comment and see that I’ve never replied. 🙁 I hope you gave this recipe a try. I do love it! 🙂
Sharon Petrini says
My son loves this soup. Keep up the good work!
Hi Sharon–First, welcome to gfe! How terrific that this soup has become a favorite of your son’s! I really appreciate you sharing your review with us all. 🙂
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This soup really looks hearty and delicious. I probably would use the V-8 juice and I love your comment about the cabbage becoming almost like noodles. I can’t wait to try this soup,. Thanks for sharing it.
Shirley Braden says
Hi Judee–This soup was such a pleasant surprise when I first made it and I still love it. The Bloody Mary Mix is a bit thicker than V-8 or tomato juice, but you can get the same thickness in this soup by using your immersion blender in the pot for about half a minute. Hope you enjoy it!
Karen Hintz says
Thanks for a really tasty and interesting recipe. On I made it this morning and am enjoying a mug full for lunch.
It turned out sweeter than I anticipated, but the mix of flavors is so diverse it isn’t a drawback..
Does anyone know if this freezes well?
Shirley Braden says
Hi Karen–It looks like you’re new here at gfe, or that at least it’s your first time commenting–welcome! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed this soup so much. It always newly surprises me, in the best possible way, when I make it and I’m overdue for a pot so thanks for reminding me about it. 😉 The sweet potatoes, corn, and coconut milk help make this recipe sweeter. I’m glad you like the combination of flavors! While I’ve not frozen this soup or heard back from any who have, all the ingredients are ones that freeze well (even cabbage, surprisingly) so freezing it should work just fine. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your review here!
Carolyn Shelley says
What can be used instead of coconut milk? Have an allergy.
Shirley Braden says
Hi Carolyn–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 You can really use any milk. The milk “tempers” the spiciness if you use spicy tomato juice but overall, it melds the flavors together nicely even if you use regular tomato juice. Hope you enjoy this soup!