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Easy Beef and Cabbage Soup Recipe

Beef and cabbage soup delivers a boatload of nutrition along with delicious flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

I’ve made a lot of different soups with ground beef and cabbage, and this is my absolute all-time favorite. It’s easy and so packed with lots of flavor! It’s also low-carb, so if you’re dieting, it’s a good option for any meal.

scooping beef and cabbage soup from a bowl

You’ll love this vitamin-packed soup that you can serve any time of year, for lunch or dinner.

I recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.

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.

You don’t have to give up delicious desserts, even if you’re following a keto diet. This Keto Cheesecake from Joy Filled Eats is absolutely delicious and will satisfy your taste buds without guilt!

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.

bowl of cut cabbage and pack of ground beef

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
olive oil, diced tomatoes, parsley flakes, Worcestershire sauce, chopped onions, cut carrots, chopped celery, garlic, salt, and pepper

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. You’ll have a much better idea of what you’ll need to suit your family’s taste. 

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.

browning ground beef

Secondly, add your chopped onion to the ground beef. Sauté the onions along with the ground beef until they’re translucent. 

onions added to pan with ground beef

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.

all of the ingredients in a pot

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!

bowl of beef and cabbage soup

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, January, and February 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.

Easy Keto Breakfast Casserole – Following a Keto diet doesn’t mean that you have to give up delicious food. This breakfast casserole is perfect for anyone. If you’re serving a large crowd, you can offer side dishes to satisfy people who want more carbs.

bowl and pot of beef and cabbage soup

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.

Yield: 8 servings

Beef and Cabbage Soup

bowl of beef and cabbage soup

Enjoy this delicious, nutritious, and budget-friendly beef and cabbage soup.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 4 cups of cabbage cut into bite-size pieces
  • One 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.
  2. Add the onion to the ground beef and sauté until it is translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  3. Drain the ground beef and onion mixture. Scoop it into a large pot or dutch oven.
  4. Add the cabbage, diced tomatoes, chopped celery, carrots, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and parsley. If you want to add salt and pepper, do it now.
  5. Cook on medium-high until it begins to boil.
  6. Turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and simmer until the cabbage is tender. This should take about an hour. Or you can simmer it all afternoon if you have time.
  7. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 222Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 50mgSodium 652mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 19g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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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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Miz Helen

Friday 12th of March 2021

Your awesome Beef and Cabbage Soup is featured on Full Plate Thursday,527. We pinned your post to our features board and thanks so much for sharing with us! Miz Helen

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