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Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe

Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe

When I was a little girl, I helped my parents work the fields of their small farm. Lunchtime was always a treat when Mother picked fresh vegetables from the garden and simmered them in her big soup pot. We loved making this delicious recipe. —Ethel Ledbetter, Canton, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients except parsley.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Recipe Note

If Cooking for Two: Soup can be frozen in serving-size portions to enjoy months later.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 116 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 582mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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tishathomas User ID: 1256141 271886
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2017

"This is a great soup for variations. I have made this for years without the celery, which I will try soon. The only spice I've used is a lot of chili powder seasoning. I appreciate the speed of preparation. I can start and finish within half an hour. It is also healthy, low budget so delicious!"

puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 252899
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"good soup. added a can of tomato sauce. browned hamburger with mushrooms and onions. will make again."

lgrenfroe User ID: 8220357 239184
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"Took this to a Christmas get together and it was a big hit!! easy and delicious!!"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 220491
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"Perfect soup recipe: easy, hearty, tasty and very healthy!! I used a bag of shredded cabbage to simplify the prep. In the time it takes to brown the hamburger you can get the rest of the ingredients ready to add to the soup. Next time I make this I think I will add a chopped onion to the hamburger as it is being browned and possibly a little salt or Worcestershire sauce."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6956004 219682
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Inexpensive, easy, and everyone loved it. That makes it a winner for me! I followed the recipe as written. Next time I might experiment with other ground meats and additional veggies, but it really is great as is."

msamples User ID: 7400814 219387
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"This was awesome! I used ground pork and added carrots and onion."

kvjmom User ID: 5881598 218535
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"My family really enjoyed it. I used spicy ground chicken instead of the beef. That gave it a little kick and was healthier too."

GMa1955 User ID: 8221258 218376
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"I have made this recipe several times, but I use ground turkey 90% lean. Awesome meal."

sakidd User ID: 8217249 218106
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"Made this for the first time Wednesday. Hubby said is his new favorite!!"

NancyPiotrowski User ID: 7460335 217871
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"First ToH recipe that has proved disappointing. Very bland."

vbak User ID: 1660180 217786
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I have made this soup for years. Got corn? Throw it in. Got zucchini? Throw it in. Whatever you have, throw it in."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 215325
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Fantastic! Brown the beef, add the rest of the ingredients, and let simmer for an hour. What could be easier? It's a delicious main course soup."

Boxermom8 User ID: 7512392 16577
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"The flavor is outstanding and the simplicity of the recipe makes it a hands down favorite! Will be a staple of the winter recipes."

HeyJulieBaby User ID: 2744038 15445
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Got this recipe in one of the Reiman Pub magazines years ago and have been making it ever since. This is one of my family's favorite autumn and winter meals. I love using my home-canned tomatoes and red beans in it."

Clohessy5 User ID: 7423415 11889
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Excellent, have made this for years"

horsehct User ID: 7153800 16576
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I love this soup recipe. I like my cabbage really soft, so I saute it with the gr. beef. It also adds additional flavor to cabbage."

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 16574
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Fantastic!! I took all of the suggestions in the previous reviews, (added a chopped onion to the beef, added a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, used reduced sodium beef broth instead of water, added shredded carrots, and fresh thyme) it made the perfect soup."

blackoctober13 User ID: 3101417 40090
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"Tastes light but flavorful. I added thyme and red chili flakes, as someone suggested. Yumm.."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 41842
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"I sauté one onion with 1 lb. hamburger before freezing it. Makes cooking when I get home go a lot faster. That is what I used for this recipe. Between dinner and lunch, this did not make it to the freezer. Still have ½ head of cabbage. Will make another batch and put it in the freezer."

dktruex User ID: 3688187 41840
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Followed the review suggestions for carrots, a little pork sausage blended in, ans worchester and added a little chili powder for some heat. This one goes in the keeper list."

cookingpat User ID: 1298825 40088
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"Found this recipe in your magazine years ago and have enjoyed ever since. Through the years I have made the following changes: Added a chopped onion to the ground beef as it cooked. Used 2 (14 ounce) cans of low sodium beef Broth in replace of the can of water and the bouillon, and added two sliced carrots and 1 teaspoon thyme. Delicious without the changes, but better with and like most soups, even better the second day."

kellori114 User ID: 1072564 11887
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"Love this soup! I make a huge batch and freeze it for workday lunches. It's low in calories but not short on flavor. I also add onion and worcestershire to the beef, plus some shredded carrots and whatever other vegetable I have on hand. A keeper."

JulieMom User ID: 254957 13792
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I have been making this hearty soup for years and it is a family favorite. When my daughter got married last year, this was one of the recipes I wrote out for her recipe box. She took it with her when she and her husband moved to England, and she makes this soup for them there. It's a simple, nutritious, delicious recipe that is often requested in our home."

SheilaW User ID: 2546375 15443
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"I've made this recipe many times and everyone who tries it loves it! I saute a small chopped onion with the beef and add a bit of worcestershire sauce with the other ingredients. This soup is so tasty and healthy yet so easy to prepare."

Mamie Jane User ID: 3601565 40087
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008 Edited Jan. 26, 2014

"This is my favorite soup ever! I got the recipe from Taste of Home several years ago. I've made it many times, and most people love it (as long as they'll eat cabbage and kidney beans). A friend who I gave the recipe to uses hot Italian sausage instead of ground beef for a little different flavor. Today when I made it, I discovered I didn't have beef bouillon in the cupboard, so I used a packet of beefy onion soup mix instead--still good!"

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