Beef and cabbage soup delivers a boatload of nutrition along with delicious flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
You’ll love this vitamin-packed soup that you can serve any time of year, for lunch or dinner.
Comforting Homemade Beef Cabbage Soup
While you’re planning your meal of this delicious beef and cabbage soup, don’t forget the side dishes.
Try some of these ideas of things to serve with soup … and then add some of your own.
One of the things we love about soup is how comforting it is. The combination of warmth and familiar flavors helps to ground us in the most delightful way.
Also, when we settle down at the end of a long day, it’s nice to know that we’re eating something that is so good for us and is so delicious.
Another soup we enjoy is this hearty homemade bean soup. I add ham, but you can add bacon instead if you prefer.
We also enjoy a mixed vegetable soup that’s also very nutritious. It’s yummy with a sandwich or a side salad.
One of the easiest soups I make is this cream of tomato soup. My husband loves dunking his grilled cheese sandwich in it, while I prefer it with crackers.
Beef and Cabbage Soup Ingredients
I have a standard set of ingredients that I put in my beef and cabbage soup. However, you can add or subtract anything according to your personal taste.
Here are the ingredients I use:
- Ground beef (lean ground beef is best)
- Cabbage cut into bite-size pieces
- A can of diced tomatoes
- Chopped celery
- Cut carrots
- Chopped onion
- Minced garlic, either fresh or from a jar
- Beef broth
- Worcestershire sauce
- Olive oil
- Dried parsley (or finely chopped fresh parsley)
- Salt and pepper to taste
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
I highly recommend following my recipe the first time you make it and adjusting it in the future.
How to Make Beef and Cabbage Soup
This only requires about 15 minutes of preparation before you toss everything into the pot. Then you can let the stove (or slow cooker) do all of the work for you.
First, brown the ground beef. If you prefer ground turkey, that’s fine, but it will alter the taste a tad. I’ve made it both ways, and they’re both good.
Secondly, add your chopped onion to the ground beef.
Sauté the onions until they’re translucent.
Stir in the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes. This gives the flavors a chance to mix and mingle.
Next, drain the meat, onion, and garlic mixture. Since the ground beef I use is fairly lean, there isn’t much fat to drain.
Then, scoop the mixture into a large soup pot or Dutch oven.
Add the cabbage, diced tomatoes, chopped celery, carrots, beef broth (or beef stock), Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and parsley.
If you like beans in your soup, try kidney beans, black beans, or northern beans. They’re all good, but this time I didn’t add them.
Please keep in mind that as the soup cooks, the cabbage will shrink because it is mostly water.
Simmer the soup for about an hour or until the cabbage is tender.
This liquid from the cabbage mixes with the beef broth and contains a ton of nutrients. And it’s absolutely delicious!
You can cook this in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. It should take about 20-25 minutes at full pressure in an Instant Pot or 4-5 hours in a slow cooker.
Delicious Soup Recipes
You don’t have to wait until the cooler weather of fall or cold winter to make this or any soup recipe. We love soup any time of year!
However, it’s especially delicious in November, December, and January because it warms you from the inside out.
Here are some of our favorite soups:
Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup – Thick and creamy, you’ll wonder why you waited this long to make it from scratch!
Lentil Soup – I made this in my Instant Pot, but it’s also good in a slow cooker or on the stovetop.
Chicken Ramen with Vegetables – This budget friendly soup is easy to throw together when you’re in the mood for comfort and nutrition without having to spend a boatload of money.
3-Ingredient Ro-Tel Chili – In the mood for chili but don’t have much time? Then combine these 3 ingredients and whip up a pot of chili the whole family will love!
More Nutritious Recipes
Although I don’t limit my diet to health foods, I try to satisfy my hunger with as much health-focused food as I can. Then I can justify eating a little bit of junk food without the temptation to pig out.
Here are more nutritious and delicious recipes:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts – You can control the seasonings and amount of salt you add.
Greek Chicken with Zoodles – This delicious dish substitutes a delicious vegetable for pasta to make it even better!
Roasted Pecans – When you snack on pecans, you get the satisfaction of the crunch and the nutrition from the nuts. Double win!
Frozen Fruit Cups – When you want a sweet treat that’s good for you, make these frozen fruit cups from Dance Around the Kitchen. Kelsey knows how to keep her little ones happy and well fed.
Watermelon Cucumber Salad – This salad is so delicious, and I love the fact that I can find watermelon at the grocery stores year-round now.
Quinoa Bowl – Whether you make this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or afternoon snack, it delivers a bunch of protein, vitamins, and minerals that you need to stay healthy.
What to Serve with Soup
As I already mentioned, my husband likes grilled cheese sandwiches, and I like crackers. We also enjoy this homemade pimento cheese on bread or crackers.
This southern-style cornbread is also delicious with any kind of soup. I like it slathered in tons of butter.
A tomato cucumber corn salad is a fresh side to go with soup. Or you might prefer this BLT salad.
See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck, Meal Plan Monday, and Full Plate Thursday.
Frequently Asked Questions About Beef and Cabbage Soup
There are so many different things you might wonder about when planning your next meal. I included some answers to questions you may have.
Is Beef Cabbage Soup Healthy?
Yes, it is very healthy. The beef provides the protein. The cabbage and other vegetables deliver the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain a healthy body. This is especially important during cold and flu season.
Can You Freeze Beef and Cabbage Soup?
If you have leftover beef cabbage soup, allow it to cool. Then put the leftover soup in an airtight container, label it with the date, and put it in the freezer. It should be good for up to 6 months.
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