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

This is absolutely delicious! I LOVE SOUP and so this will definitely be a regular soup in my house! I did make a few changes. I had no celery in the house so I omitted it, but I did chop up a green pepper and add it. As another reviewer, I added onion to the ground beef while it was browning and also a teaspoon of minced garlic. I had a few beautiful tomatoes from the farmers market, so I chopped them up and got as much of their juice from the plastic cutting board into a bowl, added a little water and let it sit for a while, so they could flavor it. I guess my cabbage was huge so I ended up using 7 cups of beef bouillon flavored water, and 4 plain cups of water. I didn't have fresh parsley, so I added it dry in the beginning, probably 2 tablespoons. I also added 6 tablespoon of Francesco Rinaldi's Tomato & Basil marinara, about 2 teaspoons of hot sauce and 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper and about a teaspoon of season salt plus 2 more teaspoons of minced garlic. And like another viewer, I added a second can of kidney beans!! I know I made a lot of changes, but I like a lot of flavor and it worked out beautifully!!!Absolutely Delicious!!! My boyfriend just ate 3 bowls!!!! It was so good that I'm rating it right now, and it's still on the stove waiting to be put away! Thanks for the recipe!!!

LaReinita September 20, 2007