Cabbage Soup Recipe
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Cabbage Soup Recipe

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My husband was never too fond of cabbage—until the first time he tried this recipe from my aunt. Now he even asks me to make this soup!—Nancy Stevens, Morrison, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 80 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a stockpot, cook the cabbage, celery and onion in water until tender. Add bouillon, salt, pepper, beef and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and ketchup; simmer another 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Yield: 20 servings (5 quarts).
Originally published as Cabbage Soup in Country Ground Beef 1993, p17

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Robinrprice User ID: 8947106 255009
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"Absolutely delicious !the only thing I did differently was to use 32 oz of beef stock and 32 oz of water instead of all water and beef granules and 3 tbs brown sugar personal preference. I think it would be good with added veg such as carrots."

Diva1965 User ID: 8821704 246380
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"I lost 30 lbs in 3 months eating this soup AND it wasn't hard because it is DELICIOUS. I just replace the ground beef with ground turkey. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this recipe."

crepella User ID: 8769420 243750
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"I risked making several changes. Luckily, it ended outstandingly. This will be a regular for sure. I split the recipe in half. Cooked 1/2 a cabbage, 1 onion and 1 stick celery in 1 can beef stock and added enough water to cover (approx 2 or 3 cups water). Added 1 rounded tsp Mrs. Dash. Simmered 20-30 min til just tender. Added only one 8oz can tomato sauce, 1 Tbsp ketchup and only 1/2 tsp salt. it was a bit peppery from Mrs. Dash, so i ended up adding 3 rounded Tablespoons of brown sugar to taste. I also added 1 cup half and half and used a hand blender to smooth out about half of it. The end result: bright, sweet, rich, WONDERFUL! :) No meat included."

j21617 User ID: 8616905 237324
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"Some of the comments are about the amount of pepper. I have seen this in print elsewhere and the pepper is "to taste" - NOT 2 tsp. Make this adjustment and I think you will be pleased."

TheaB User ID: 6624387 236875
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Very Tasty"

krasheddie User ID: 8305146 223919
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"This was an awesome recipe! My 10 year old daughter can't quit raving about it! Thank you. :)"

jsk68 User ID: 6496996 222663
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"EXCELLENT with the following modifications: reduce salt and pepper to 1 tsp each. I believe using the ketchup and brown sugar enhance the flavor and will continue to use them. A soup that is easy to make and a recipe that will be kept and used often. Highly recommend to anyone who likes cabbage."

feemsy User ID: 8158930 214918
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"This is a great, simple soup recipe for cold nights. However, I agree with other reviewers who said the salt, sugar & pepper is too much. Leave out the brown sugar, and wait until the end to add salt & pepper a little at a time. IMO the other ingredients provide enough salt, and you shouldn't need more than half a teaspoon of pepper."

JT12345 User ID: 8132149 44666
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Not too sure about this recipe. First off, 2 tsp. of pepper is WAY too much. I used just one, and the taste of pepper is overwhelming. I like spice very much, but I wanted cabbage soup, not pepper soup. Second, I wish I had left the brown sugar out. As one person noted, the ketchup already has sugar in it. With the brown sugar too, my soup tastes quite sweet. And that's kind of gross. I think this recipe would be fine, but with a few adjustments."

jany1954 User ID: 7089030 202078
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"excellent for basic but i added the carrots and pesto as well as italian sausage and it became italian cabbage sou lol it was excellent then too!"

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