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Hearty Cabbage Soup

"I didn't have time to make my favorite cabbage rolls one day, so I just threw together this soup and I loved it!" —Renee Leary, Citrus Springs, FL
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 carton (18.3 ounces) ready-to-serve sweet red pepper soup
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the cabbage, zucchini and mushrooms; cook and stir 8 minutes longer.
  • Stir in the soup, tomatoes, pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons cheese.
  • Serve immediately or cool and freeze in a freezer container. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen soup: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through. Sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 230 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 2 medium-fat meat.

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  • barblam1
    Jan 5, 2018

    Why would any soup recipe call for a pre-made, store bought container of "soup" to be added to soup???

  • Cookingisgood
    Oct 16, 2013

    This is a delicious and easy recipe. I add more zucchini and a little fresh red pepper. The canned tomatoes with chillies is spicy enough for me so I don't use any hot pepper sauce.

  • gtim1979
    Nov 8, 2011

    Very Good!

  • Reneekenn
    Dec 3, 2010

    Made this for my husband as he loves cabbage , he just loved it and it takes no time to put it together will be making again

  • dsnyder45735
    Oct 7, 2010

    My college age kids love this soup! It tastes great and sticks to the ribs! They always add a little more hot sauce to their individual bowls - but have recommended this soup to their friends! Thanks for the great recipe! (Tastes just like stuffed cabbage!)

  • dawnvin
    May 10, 2010

    I loved this soup. I added more cabbage and also a can of tomato soup to it. Delicous

  • niborlea
    Apr 16, 2010

    This is my new favorite soup. I made it three times in 2 weeks. Great flavor. A little kick to it, because of hot sauce. Easy to make and filling. Nothing bad to say about this soup.

  • hollyespen
    Apr 13, 2010

    Excellent, would definately make this again. The sweet red pepper soup is in a carton next to the chicken and beef stock/broth. The only thing I changed was shredded parm instead of grated! Loved it and its good for you!

  • nancywb
    Feb 10, 2010

    I also had trouble finding the red pepper soup, but it was worth it. A tasty, heart-healthy, quick soup!

  • pooflady
    Jan 20, 2010

    I thought most of the recipes in TOH were supposed to have fairly common ingredients. An employee and I spent 10 minutes in the biggest Kroger in Ohio looking for Sweet Red Pepper Soup. Finally found something in the organic section by Wolfgang Puck called Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup and bought it. I don't think it was right. Googled what was called for and the only place it came up was Trader Joe's, which not everyone has nearby. Another search revealed V8 makes it.