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Italian Beef Vegetable Soup

This hearty vegetable beef soup features a ton of fresh vegetables, making it the perfect dish to use up all that summer produce. It's also great during cooler weather! Make sure you serve this Italian soup with some breadsticks, rolls or flaky biscuits. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh Brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1 cup chopped fresh kale
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained


  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium-high heat, until browned, 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until carrots are tender.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Our tasting panel thought the flavor was almost like an Italian cabbage roll.
  • Turn this into a main dish by adding more ground beef.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 127 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

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    • Dave
      Jan 5, 2020

      This looks interesting. I especially like the addition of Brussels sprouts

    • Debglass11
      Nov 26, 2019

      I needed something easy for dinner the other night and tried this wonderful soup. I doubled the recipe and followed it exactly, except for the fact that I didn't have any Brussels Sprouts on hand, so I omitted them. Although I will definitely add them in next time, it was still delicious. This soup is rich and flavorful and super easy for a busy day. I did add kosher salt to taste at the end of cooking. Will definitely keep this soup in my slow cooker rotation!

    • Stepitup
      Oct 5, 2019

      The directions on how to make the soup are missing