Wintertime Beef Soup Recipe
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Wintertime Beef Soup Recipe

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Kidney beans, ground beef, green pepper and chopped cabbage make this thick soup hearty and satisfying. Many people request the recipe after trying it. -Carol Tupper of Joplin, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups: 238 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 703mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, celery, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, bouillon, chili powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in kidney beans and cabbage; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 12-15 minutes longer or until cabbage is tender. Yield: 8 servings (3-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Wintertime Beef Soup in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p23

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Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 241801
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"Satisfying - even better as leftovers! I didn't change anything in the recipe and it was yummy!"

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 159694
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Excellent soup. I didn't want to use 1 1/2 cans of the tomato juice and only half of my 15 oz tomato sauce so I just used one 11 oz can of tomato and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce instead. It turned out perfectly. I also added a little bit of fresh basil. Will be making this again!"

momdebby User ID: 6437206 134088
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"it was very good added two potatoes"

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 65397
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"This was a excellent dinner soup! It's so hearty, almost like a stew, especially the leftovers that thicken up a bit. It made enough to feed 3 adults and 2 kids for 2 meals. I used the bagged shredded 3-color slaw for the chopped cabbage for convenience, and I added that and the beans at the same time as the other stuff instead of at the end because I like my beans and veggies cooked soft instead of crisp-tender. My whole family loved this, even my 4 year old, who gobbled it up! I served it with shredded cheddar on top and homemade dinner rolls. Also, I used regular tomato juice (not reduced sodium) and then omitted the added salt instead. Very yummy!"

anniebus User ID: 2833890 155267
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"I substitute ground turkey. Makes a lot and I can share with friends."

Mrs. NicoleM User ID: 5325680 159693
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Very good. I forgot the beans though and added carrots."

Colleen1734 User ID: 1875548 133733
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"Perfect for a cold winter night."

Miss Yolanda User ID: 5557565 149485
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"In order to lower the amt of sodium, I'd omit the beef bouillon and replace it with 2 to 4 cups of beef broth. I'll have to prepare this and will report how it comes out. YZazueta, Riverside, CA"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 155783
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"This was ok. I'll try to add some beans or corn or something next time. It was lacking something."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 65375
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This is an excellent soup. The only thing I'd change is I don't much like beans in my soups, so I'd probably leave them out."

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