Saucy Beef & Cabbage Supper Recipe
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Saucy Beef & Cabbage Supper Recipe

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My beef and cabbage supper began as a Reuben sandwich idea without the gluten. We also make it with smoked sausage. It’s comforting on cooler days. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 cups (about 1 small head) chopped cabbage
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 260 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 671mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a 6-qt stockpot over medium heat, cook and crumble beef until meat is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil; stir in next nine ingredients. Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Stir together ketchup, vinegar and remaining oil until smooth. Pour over meat and vegetables; cook 5 minutes more. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Beef & Cabbage Supper in Taste of Home September/October 2016, p25

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tothb User ID: 2009414 255019
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"We throughly enjoyed this recipe and wouldn't change a thing!"

jaaningle User ID: 1430666 254984
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"I added about 3/4 cup water with the vegetables and omitted the allspice and cloves. Used vegetarian hamburger crumbles to veganize recipe. Dish was German husband loved it. Caraway seed is a wonderful, little used spice. Served with baked russet potatoes."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 254848
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"This was great. I enjoyed the flavor a lot. I love cabbage and beef combined. I agree with the cooking it a bit longer for the vegis to tenderize a bit more. I would have given this a 5 but I was out voted in the household. My children and husband didn't enjoy it as much as I did. Still a great recipe Thanks for sharing!"

mom2pugs User ID: 1528979 254527
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016 Edited Sep. 24, 2016

"I followed the recipe just as printed - didn't add or delete any ingredients - and found this to be absolutely delicious! The only thing I did differently was cook it a little longer to tenderize the veggies. Other than the cooking time, nothing needs to be tweaked, nothing needs to be added. I'll definitely be making this again."

pschube User ID: 2658481 253563
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016

"I substituted 1/8 tsp mace for the allspice. I added 1 small can fire-roasted tomatoes and 2 ribs celery diced. Good, but I think it needs more diced tomatoes and no ketchup or vinegar. Serve with mashed potatoes for a hearty meal."

annrms User ID: 2649709 253099
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"This is the type of recipe I grew up eating; I love "goulash"! This recipe is easy and unique, to me, in the use of "different" seasonings. I only substituted homemade ketchup that has very little sugar...loved the subtle taste of the vinegar. The addition of caraway seeds is a classic touch for cabbage, and I enjoyed the taste. The recipe is a keeper, and our leftovers will be enjoyed in one of the other suggested recipes...what fun to have ideas for using the leftovers!"

HomeChefColleen User ID: 7305751 253047
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"This recipe has a nice base to it but something was definitely lacking in the spice department. I added sour cream to it at the end at it really turned up the flavour! I'm going to try this recipe with eggs in the morning and I'll probably try it in egg rolls too!"

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 253023
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"Husband wasn't wild about this casserole but it was a good way to use up cabbage that I had in the refrigerator. I also used left-over taco meat so this meal came together quickly. I think the reason why he didn't care for it was the vinegar in the ketchup. I even lessened the amount but it was still too much for him. If I make it again, I think I will use another sauce and skip the vinegar."

SweetJeans User ID: 6392388 252963
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016

"I made this but I used canned corn beef and it just falls apart but gives the dish a great flavor. I cooked vegetables a little longer only because I like my vegetables a little softer. Good flavors and a recipe I will hold onto for the winter months."

fwsalamon User ID: 3463835 252788
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"Easy tasty recipe. Vegetables were still somewhat raw after seven minutes so I cooked for about five more before adding sauce."

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