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German Vegetable Soup

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe—it's a nice thick soup. It does call for quite a few ingredients, but the taste is worth it!—Gundrun Braker, Burnett, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato or vegetable juice
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 6 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (8-1/2 ounces) peas, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) cut green beans, drained


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Dissolve bouillon in water; add to the beef mixture. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, bay leaf, tomato juice, celery, carrots, potatoes, cabbage and green pepper.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the corn, peas and beans; heat through. Discard bay leaf before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 167 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 730mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • jllove62
    Oct 11, 2020

    Loved it! Great soup/stew for a chilly, rainy day! Love all the veggies! I threw in a can of stewed tomatoes & used frozen corn & peas! I actually fried the celery, cabbage, onion & 2 cloves of garlic with my precooked frozen ground beef, threw the rest of the veggies in after the meat thawed! Meatballs would be great in this also!

  • hotfudgesundae
    Apr 14, 2018

    Really enjoyed this soup, very tasty. Will definately make it again.

  • AndreaClayton
    Oct 14, 2015

    This is the best soup I have ever had .I used Angus ground round in it ,delish.

  • milesn
    Feb 6, 2014

    Will definitely make again! Great on a cold winter's night.

  • beckyjewell
    Feb 5, 2014

    Our new favorite!!! I did make a few minor changes...I used venison burger instead of beef, added a can of stewed tomatoes, cream style corn instead of whole kernel, and frozen peas instead of canned. It makes a huge amount & is so thick that it almost can't be called soup!!!

  • pinksuitcases
    Feb 2, 2014

    Delicious. My best friend and I both enjoyed this filling soup. I had everything on hand, so it was quick to throw together. I used spicy vegetable juice and it had a nice little kick.

  • jammin gm
    Jan 30, 2014

    yuk, veggies in the can? No thanks. Sorry

  • auntiegps
    Jan 30, 2014

    I make this all the time but I do substitute a bag of frozen vegies (corn, peas, green beans) & add a can of beef consomme. I also make ho-made noodles; this is the go to soup when the weather is nasty n chilly outside. I do not wait for cold weather as I could eat this soup all year round n I do !

  • karinduchesne
    Dec 6, 2013

    I have to keep this on hand all winter - per my husband. He LOVES it.

  • grannynut
    Oct 24, 2013

    This is an awesome soup. So good and warming on cold day! I actually used sausage with it instead of ground burger. Was delish!