Hearty and extremely delicious, this one pot hamburger cabbage soup recipe is easy to make and always a huge hit! Simple ingredients for a family favorite soup everyone loves!
I’m going to start out this recipe with an admission – I don’t love cabbage soup – which is sort of a funny thing to say at the start of a recipe for cabbage soup.
I like sautéed cabbage, and I LOVE fresh shredded cabbage on tacos and in salads – but the cabbage soups I’ve had (excluding some I’ve had in Ireland and Poland which were amazing) didn’t really leave me with warm and fuzzy feelings.
If I’m honest, most of the cabbage soups I’ve had are overly bitter and a bit thin – not something I crave on the regular.
It is so incredibly good – it’s made me a believer! Rich, full of flavor, and not the least bit bitter. And while I don’t usually put beans in non-chili soups, the addition of kidney beans make this soupd texture fantastic – not too thick, not too thin.
Just take me to the One Pot Hamburger Cabbage Soup recipe already!
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This cabbage soup has tons of meaty flavor, and the cabbage cooks down with the meat for a rich buttery taste, without the bitterness cabbage can sometimes have.
It is so easy and simple – seriously anybody can make this soup!
Tips to Perfect Hamburger Cabbage Soup
Let the vegetables brown.
Cooking the meat, celery, and cabbage before adding stock helps give the cabbage a buttery, rich flavor and take away bitterness.
This is an extra step, sure, but the difference it makes on the flavor is what makes this soup so special and crave-able.
Take a few extra minutes to pre-brown your cabbage and don’t rush it – it really is worth the payoff!
Slow Cooker Hamburger Cabbage Soup
To make this deliciously easy cabbage soup in the slow cooker, I suggest browning all of the vegetables and the meat, and then tossing it in the slow cooker to cook. This will give your soup SO much more flavor and a better texture.
While it is an extra step to pre-brown vegetables and meat when tossing this soup in the slow cooker, it is totally worth the flavor that you get.
This can also be made in an Instant Pot, by browning everything then sealing and cooking about 5 minutes with a natural release.
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One Pot Hamburger and Cabbage Soup Recipe
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In a large dutch oven, brown ground beef and cook into crumbles (about 8 minutes).
Add diced celery and cabbage, cook until soft (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
Add salt and pepper.
Add diced tomatoes (with the liquid from the can- don't drain it off!) and kidney beans (go ahead and drain these off).
Stir to incorporate.
Add garlic and paprika, mix.
Add beer or stock and water, stir.
Let simmer on low until soup has thickened and turned a darker red, 1 hour (or 4 hours on low in a slow cooker).
Serve immediately, soup tastes even better the next day!