Cabbage Patch Soup

"My first recipe posting! :) This is my favorite soup to make when the weather starts to get chilly. It's from a little restaurant in the small town where I grew up. My mom obtained the recipe, and I have fond memories of helping her make this soup. It's great served with shredded cheese, and freezes really well too. Prep time, cook time and servings are all approximate. Enjoy!"
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • In a large soup kettle, brown beef with onion, garlic and green pepper.
  • Add tomato paste, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, parsley, kidney beans and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir well.
  • Dissolve bouillon in 1 cup water and add to soup along with cabbage.
  • Slowly add desired amount of remaining water.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Questions & Replies

  1. Is there a type of bread or toast that goes well with cabbage patch soup


  1. I made this last night and it was wonderful. I make a "Caldo de Res" soup, its very different but also very similar, however, that soup takes 3-4 hours to cook from beginning to end. This cabbage soup only took me about an hour and the results were magnificent! I just love cabbage, I also added natures seasoning, celery, and carrots for more veggies, I also used dice tomatoes in can; other than that I followed the recipe as is. The recipe makes plenty for leftovers for a couple days, next time I'll probably cut it in half seeing as its just my husband and I and my 5 mth old son who doesn't eat yet. But one day when he can, he'll be praising you for this great recipe because I'll be making it often on those cold nights!! Thanks again.
  2. Why didn't any one use red, orange or yellow peppers. They are much milder than green peppers. I used sum tomato juice and chichen broth for water , along with the sweeter peppers. Yummy sleeper for my home.
  3. I found this to be bland for me... I did only have 2 bouillon cubes though so maybe that was the reason,but I just kept adding seasonings until it tasted perfect, thyme, basil,sugar,garlic salt,red pepper flakes, and now it is to do for. Also when I served it I added a spoon of sourcream in the bowl as well that was a great addition.
  4. Absolutely delicious. I used two 32 ounce Containers of beef broth instead of water and bouillon cubes, 2 cans of kidney beans and 2 cans of crushed tomatoes. Followed the rest of the recipe the same.
  5. This recipe was terribly bland. Something must to be missing. I used 8 cups of water (which included the one cup with dissolved bouillon). A flavor check after thirty minutes of cook time was disappointing. I added another three bouillon cubes, more black pepper, salt, one tablespoon each of chili powder and parsley and another teaspoon of oregano. It helped but the flavor wasn't that great. I decided to try this recipe because everything was on hand and it was super easy to make. This is not a soup I would recommend. I probably won't make it again because, honestly, it just wasn't all that special.


  1. This was very good! I only used 1 pound of ground beef. I used a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes instead of 2 cups of the water and left out the green peppers since we don't like them so much. Will definitely keep this in our meal rotation.
  2. Yum! This soup turned out really good! I used 1 pound of turkey Italian sausage removed from the casing instead of beef. we like hot and spicy, but the 2 T of chili powder was too much. Ours must be extra hot. After tasting the soup at the end, it seemed a little flat so I added about 1/3 cup of red wine and simmered a little longer. I know I'll make this soup again making a couple of adjustments to suite us. So healthy and satisfying. Thanks so much for posting!
  3. Nothing beats happy childhood memories. I hadn't thought of this soup for years until I spotted Carla's beautiful photos. This was a dish that was served quite often in my home when I was growing up. It is economical and delicious. I cut the recipe in half, used rinsed black beans, canned tomatoes and soup base instead of the bouillon cubes. This was perfect a windy cool evening.


Hi! I'm a mom to a four and a half year old boy and I work full time. Recently divorced...I don't have the time or money I used to have to plan and cook meals. But I still love to eat! I generally eat very healthy food, but sometimes indulge in old fashioned comfort my recipe collection attests to. <br> <br>Hope you like my recipes!
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