Cabbage Patch Soup Recipe

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My family is always glad to see this slightly sweet and mildly zippy soup as part of the menu. The cabbage is shredded, so the kids never notice it!—Fran Strother, Wasilla, Alaska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot mashed potatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 180 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown beef until no longer pink; drain. Add onion and celery; cook until tender. Stir in the water, beans, tomatoes, cabbage, chili powder and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Top each bowl with mashed potatoes if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Cabbage Patch Soup in Taste of Home August/September 1997, p14

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redjmd1234 User ID: 2367238 257090
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"We make this as written. It is a family favorite. Do serve it with the mashed potatoes they make it the perfect comfort food."

ladyerin79 User ID: 7488237 23211
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This was a good recipe, however, I omitted the celery and used French's chili-O seasoning packet instead of just chili powder. I thought it tasted wonderful, but the rest of the family didn't care for it. I loved all the cabbage in it!"

karebear0099 User ID: 7266770 15740
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"Really liked this! It's definitely tangy tasting and a bit sour. Good though. The cabbage takes the place of noddles for less calories and is healthier for you. It does have a lot of cabbage in it though."

debbieroppolo User ID: 2996149 15738
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"I liked the consistency, however, you might consider using replacing a cup of water with low-sodium beef broth to deepen the flavor, adding a clove of minced garlic during the browning process."

montanagirl104 User ID: 6197244 19039
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"A very easy to make and excellent soup and good nutrition value...I usually double the recipe."

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