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Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe

Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Cabbage and Beef Soup

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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."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"I have made this recipe several times, but I use ground turkey 90% lean. Awesome meal."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Made this for the first time Wednesday. Hubby said is his new favorite!!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"First ToH recipe that has proved disappointing. Very bland."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I have made this soup for years. Got corn? Throw it in. Got zucchini? Throw it in. Whatever you have, throw it in."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Fantastic! Brown the beef, add the rest of the ingredients, and let simmer for an hour. What could be easier? It's a delicious main course soup."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"The flavor is outstanding and the simplicity of the recipe makes it a hands down favorite! Will be a staple of the winter recipes."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Got this recipe in one of the Reiman Pub magazines years ago and have been making it ever since. This is one of my family's favorite autumn and winter meals. I love using my home-canned tomatoes and red beans in it."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Excellent, have made this for years"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I love this soup recipe. I like my cabbage really soft, so I saute it with the gr. beef. It also adds additional flavor to cabbage."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Fantastic!! I took all of the suggestions in the previous reviews, (added a chopped onion to the beef, added a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, used reduced sodium beef broth instead of water, added shredded carrots, and fresh thyme) it made the perfect soup."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"Tastes light but flavorful. I added thyme and red chili flakes, as someone suggested. Yumm.."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"I sauté one onion with 1 lb. hamburger before freezing it. Makes cooking when I get home go a lot faster. That is what I used for this recipe. Between dinner and lunch, this did not make it to the freezer. Still have ½ head of cabbage. Will make another batch and put it in the freezer."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Followed the review suggestions for carrots, a little pork sausage blended in, ans worchester and added a little chili powder for some heat. This one goes in the keeper list."

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"Found this recipe in your magazine years ago and have enjoyed ever since. Through the years I have made the following changes: Added a chopped onion to the ground beef as it cooked. Used 2 (14 ounce) cans of low sodium Beef Broth in replace of the can of water and the bouillon, and added two sliced carrots and 1 teaspoon thyme. Delicious without the changes, but better with and like most soups, even better the second day."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"Love this soup! I make a huge batch and freeze it for workday lunches. It's low in calories but not short on flavor. I also add onion and worcestershire to the beef, plus some shredded carrots and whatever other vegetable I have on hand. A keeper."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I have been making this hearty soup for years and it is a family favorite. When my daughter got married last year, this was one of the recipes I wrote out for her recipe box. She took it with her when she and her husband moved to England, and she makes this soup for them there. It's a simple, nutritious, delicious recipe that is often requested in our home."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"I've made this recipe many times and everyone who tries it loves it! I saute a small chopped onion with the beef and add a bit of worcestershire sauce with the other ingredients. This soup is so tasty and healthy yet so easy to prepare."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008 Edited Jan. 26, 2014

"This is my favorite soup ever! I got the recipe from Taste of Home several years ago. I've made it many times, and most people love it (as long as they'll eat cabbage and kidney beans). A friend who I gave the recipe to uses hot Italian sausage instead of ground beef for a little different flavor. Today when I made it, I discovered I didn't have beef bouillon in the cupboard, so I used a packet of beefy onion soup mix instead--still good!"

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