Get creative. Add any vegetables (such as green beans), cooked whole grain (such as whole grain pasta), or protein food (such as canned or dried beans) to this soup.
Do you like creamy soups? Serve with a dollop of lower fat plain yogurt.
For a thicker soup, remove from heat and use a slotted spoon to remove cabbage and carrots. Place in a bowl. Add half of the beans to the soup broth and puree with a hand-held blender or a potato masher. Add the cabbage and carrots back and continue with step 3.
For extra spice and flavour, add a pinch of dried chili flakes and pepper. Try herbs such as basil, oregano and parsley.