Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup With Raisins

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 55 mins

This soup is simple and cheap to make, and a favorite comfort food in my family. My mother got the recipe from a former employer and friend, and passed it along to me. It is not a highly flavored soup, so feel free to add extra seasoning if you are eating it as a main dish. The cracked black pepper and fresh lemon juice are important to the flavor of the dish. I usually add extra raisins because I like them so well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the beef in in large dutch oven or stock pot over medium high heat.
  2. After a few minutes, add the onion, and continue cooking until the onions are transparent, and most of the pink is gone from the meat, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Drain any excess grease from the meat and onions, and return to the pan.
  4. Add the cabbage and 1/4 cup of the water, cover, and cook over medium heat until the cabbage is limp and getting tender, but still holds its shape, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer until the vegetables in the soup are as tender as you would like, about 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with additional lemon juice and fresh ground pepper, to taste.
  7. Like many soups, this is much better the second day after the flavors have a chance to blend.


Most Helpful

It was okay. I thought the broth was too watery and too sweet, but I liked the other ingredients. I used beef cubes instead of ground beef and I cooked them on my George Foreman grill instead of cooking them in the soup.

AmandaMcG May 27, 2013

I prepare this soup without the beef, to make it parve (vegan). I have also eliminated the honey and added a few more raisins. My family loves this, especially on a cold day!

Savta Deby January 06, 2012

Outstanding soup/stew and very hearty! I made a few minor changes to this recipe based on what I had on hand and also to help clean out the veggie drawer by using ground chicken instead of beef and 1 can of Rotel tomatoes (10 ounce can) and 1 (8 ounce can) tomato sauce. i also added 1 jalapeno, 1 parsnip and some frozen green peas. Wonderful and very flavorful with some heat from the jalapenos. Yumm! Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ December 02, 2010

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