A Rich, Dreamy Soup That's Also a Breeze to Make

February 27, 2018

As a child of the early 2000s, I distinctly remember my episodes of Rugrats and The Amanda Show interrupted by high-energy commercials for Heinz EZ Squirt Funky Purple Ketchup. And despite my sister’s and my pleas for the chance at purple-flavored burgers and tater tots, my mom steadfastly maintained that food shouldn’t naturally look like that. (This was before we learned about ube). Well, Mom, I’ve finally found a genuinely violet dish even you’d like to eat: Peppery Purple Soup.

Not EZ Squirt, but very EZ to make. Photo by Bobbi Lin

Featured in British chef Gaz Oakley’s new book, Vegan 100, the soup’s base of magenta-hued red cabbage and red onions transform into a deep purple in the pot.

“Red cabbage is so nutritious and not many people know how versatile it is—this soup is a great way to celebrate it,” Oakley writes.

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To make the soup, simply peel and slice your onion, shred the cabbage and a large apple, then heat everything up with some oil, thyme, and salt and pepper. Once reduced, you’ll add some vegetable stock, balsamic vinegar, and almond milk. To get everything silky smooth, blend with an immersion blender once the cabbage has softened.

I’ll never know if those vivid EZ Squirt ketchups were as delicious as I imagined, but after 20 years, I finally get to enjoy some funky purple bites.

Do you remember those EZ Squirt commercials? Was purple ketchup as good as I imagined?

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.

1 Comment

Steph L. October 29, 2020
This soup is almost tasteless. Even with additional salt and black pepper, the only thing that really comes through is a bit of thyme. It needs something more flavorful. I tried adding some sharp cheddar on top, but even that was just eh. Really disappointing.