Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup Recipe

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This soup has been a favorite of mine from a local restaurant for years. The owner said many people have requested the recipe, so I’m happy to share it with you.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 cup cubed cooked roast beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Burgundy wine or beef broth, optional
  • 2 tablespoons browning sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons tomato sauce
  • 6 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 161 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 578 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the water, beef, onion, tomatoes, cabbage, celery, carrot, sugar, vinegar and wine or broth if desired. Stir in the browning sauce, Worcestershire, tomato sauce, bouillon and seasonings. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender.
  2. Combine flour and oil until smooth; stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8-10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"Very flavorful. I substituted browned ground beef, worked out great. I did add more cabbage to make it a bit more hearty. I also only used 1/2 cup sugar instead of a whole cup. I am looking forward to the leftovers."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"I followed recipe exactly and could not eat it. ONE CUP of sugar??! It has to be a typo?!"

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