Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe
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Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe

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When I was a little girl, I helped my parents work the fields of their small farm. Lunchtime was always a treat when Mother picked fresh vegetables from her garden and simmered them in her big soup pot. We loved making this delicious soup. —Ethel Ledbetter, Canton, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 116 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 582mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients except parsley.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 3 quarts.
If Cooking for Two: Soup can be frozen in serving-size portions to enjoy months later.
Originally published as Cabbage and Beef Soup in Reminisce May/June 1992, p37

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"Took this to a Christmas get together and it was a big hit!! Easy and delicious!!"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"Perfect soup recipe: easy, hearty, tasty and very healthy!! I used a bag of shredded cabbage to simplify the prep. In the time it takes to brown the hamburger you can get the rest of the ingredients ready to add to the soup. Next time I make this I think I will add a chopped onion to the hamburger as it is being browned and possibly a little salt or Worcestershire sauce."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Inexpensive, easy, and everyone loved it. That makes it a winner for me! I followed the recipe as written. Next time I might experiment with other ground meats and additional veggies, but it really is great as is."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"This was awesome! I used ground pork and added carrots and onion."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"My family really enjoyed it. I used spicy ground chicken instead of the beef. That gave it a little kick and was healthier too."

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