Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a thick and hearty soup. Everyone loves it! The cabbage really makes the soup. I got it from The Best Of Country Cooking (second edition) cook book. I have shared this recipe many times because it is simple yet delicious, especially on a cold day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef, drain.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except parsley.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  5. Garnish with parsley.
  6. *I substitute the celery, tomatoes, and water with a one quart jar of my stewed tomatoes and one jar of water.
Most Helpful

This was delicious, I wasnt sure what the 'liquid reserved' for the tomatoes meant in the directions, I just used the whole tin of tomatoes anyway, and I added a chopped red onion. Was a filling tasty dinner, loved the addition of the kidney beans. Thanks for posting. =)

Evie* April 17, 2002

Awesome!! I changed a few things. First I added an chopped onion while frying the ground beef. Then 4 cups beef broth & 2 cups water, 2 beef bouillon cubes. Doubled all spices plus 2 T. worcestershire sauce & 3/4 head of cabbage. I also omitted the beans to keep it low carb. So hearty and good! will make often.

busymommybee August 01, 2007

We really enjoyed this! I did make a few changes to the recipe...after cooking the beef, I added some sliced carrots and chopped onion and sauteed for a bit then added the tomatoes and cooked another few minutes. Then I added all the spices and substituted chicken broth for 3 c. of the water; used last c. of water to rinse the tomato can out really well. I also used napa cabbage and added in the last 1/2 hour. I omitted the beans this time (only because I felt like it). Will definitely make again! We LOVED it!

SandwichQueen January 19, 2010