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Cabbage Soup Recipe

Cabbage Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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Leah User ID: 9201438 268171
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"Hi, I absolutely love this recipe but I tweaked it a lot to add extra ingredients to make it more of a meal since I feed a hungry "growing man". Lol. I added diced, peeled potatoes and carrots, also a cup of macaroni noodles too and minced garlic as well, about 1 tablespoon. I did not add salt because I used more beef bullion packets(each packet is good for flavoring 2 cups of H2O) I was easy on the pepper and I chose not to add the brown sugar because the tomato sauce/ketchup was enough sweetness. Absolutely delicious!!!"

John User ID: 9022262 259333
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"This is an excellent recipe. I've made it exactly as published and also messed with it sometimes. I've found that the recipe works well with pork/ham, or without meat as well. I also sometimes add some Korean chile garlic sauce for some spiciness and because I love garlic."

Richard User ID: 9018783 259244
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"Great recipe, but I tweaked at a little. I dissolved three beef bullion cubes in the water before I added the cabbage, celery, onions and carrots. Then instead of ground beef, I used chorizo. Also I used 1/3 cup of ketchup and 1 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar. I also added a table spoon of Paprika. However, I skipped the salt and pepper all together. The 3 bullion cubes added sufficient salt and pepper. I loved it so much I ate three bowls."

hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 258961
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"This soup is so tasty, everyone loved it. I added carrots and green beans for a little more color and nutrition. This is a keeper!"

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!"

Nottock User ID: 8006263 19881
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"Great flavor! I didn't add the brown sugar since ketchup has sugar in it already (or the salt since the bouillon cubes have salt). To make it stretch even further, I added potatoes and a can of diced tomatoes. I bet it would be amazing if left as is. I am going to make it again just as it is written (except the salt and sugar). This is definitely a "keeper" recipe!"

kellyannm User ID: 5044935 74109
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"This soup is so good. I used no salt tomato sauce and then added only 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt instead of one tablespoon. I added only one teaspoon of pepper based on suggestions of previous reviewers. Perfect!"

lenalady User ID: 1894687 44665
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"This was so easy. I added a turnip because I had one."

Pearsol User ID: 7868191 19880
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"I left out the meat and it was still incredibly delicious. Lots of flavor and healthy!"

jean08882 User ID: 2873239 19879
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Loved this soup! I added pesto to the broth, and it added lots of flavor."

captgeo5 User ID: 6856757 19863
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"easy to make , nice flavors"

Lowcalmama User ID: 7448511 40488
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Our favorite soup!"

annrms User ID: 2649709 74106
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Simmered this on the stove while we went out to shovel. Had a cup when we got in. Fantastic!!! It's a keeper! Didn't use the ketchup because we don't use it. I also put in some cut up carrot. Next time, I will use a glug of red wine vinegar to get a little sweet/sour/hot...."

JOAN1944 User ID: 7353165 18484
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"I made this ,it was good,next time I will cut down on the pepper,and leave out the brown sugar"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 43838
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Very tasty soup and a very good recipe for anyone who is calorie, fat and/or carb conscious. I followed the recipe as written; next time I will use only half of the pepper called for in the recipe. Even my husband, who loves pepper, said it was a little overpowering. The "heat" of the pepper goes away quickly but it was a little much for me. With that one modification, this recipe is another "keeper"!"

Soupie123 User ID: 7611334 74105
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Very good but I too found the black pepper to much, I just amited the salt (for health reasons) and used no salt bouillon cube"

SheltieMom33 User ID: 7469632 18686
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"AMAZING!! My husband hates cabbage and even he loved it! Great flavours and hearty to keep you full. This is now my go-to cabbage recipe :) THANKS!"

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 74103
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"This was really good. I've never cooked with cabbage before so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. I did lower the amount of both salt & pepper I used."

Almemoore User ID: 6916290 16873
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"As written only 3 star, due to the excessive amount of pepper! Thank goodness I only put in 1/2 the called amount! Holy hot!! Other than that it is great! I added carrots and my own stewed tomatoes too."

mari-lyn User ID: 6753068 16862
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"This soup is so good, but next time I make it, am using a spicy sausage with the ground beef and will use chunky tomatoes instead of all tomato sauce...maybe stewed tomatoes"

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 20161
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"This turned out very well. I used beef broth tha I has previously cooked from a soup bone. I thought I had meat in the freezer, but when I went to cook this soup, I found out I didn't so I made it without any meat. It was still filling. The only thing is that I think it needed more broth. I poured off the inital water after cooking the vegetables and maybe if I hadn't done that, there would have been enough broth. It did have a great flavor."

Mylilmonkee User ID: 7157354 14327
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"I am on the Atkins Diet and this delicious recipe fits the diet perfectly. I made it in my crockpot, so simple. thanks."

saniski User ID: 1543005 20159
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"I Make this soup every winter. It's great and easy!"

JoAnnf412 User ID: 7083376 19858
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Loved this recipe."

Sunnysnow User ID: 6908152 18684
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"I had leftover pot roast, a 46 oz can of AuJus and a bag of coleslaw (cabbage) so I through all the ingredients together in my stockpot. I added carrots, a dash of cayenne pepper and 3 TBL of Balsomic vinegar. Outstanding!"

pltsallen User ID: 6210340 74102
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Not alot of flavor"

pistolrick User ID: 1045771 46254
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"This soup is excellent, however I altered it a bit. The recipe did not say to drain the water off the initial vegatables. I did that and glad I did. Outstanding.


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