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 - but this soup? So good.
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 soup's texture fantastic - not too thick, not too thin.
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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!
This soup can also be made in the slow cooker for an easy soup you can place in the crockpot and come home to after a long day - or can be made in big batches to be frozen as individual serving meals.
This is an incredibly versatile soup too - you can swap out the beans or vegetables if you don't love them and try out other flavors you love to make your own delicious hamburger soup recipe that you'll cherish for years and years.
I hope you love this hearty soup as much as I do!
Tips to Perfect Hamburger Cabbage Soup
Let 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!
How To Freeze Hamburger Cabbage Soup
If you'd like to make a big batch of this soup and save some for later - or you can't finish all of this recipe, this soup can easily be frozen for later using some simple and easy tips and tricks:
-Place soup in ziploc bags that hold roughly the serving you'd like to reheat. If you can only eat about 1-2 cups of soup at a time, don't put all of your soup in a huge gallon bag, since you'll have to thaw and re-freeze some soup.
-Portioning out soup in smaller bags isn't just convenient for managing your portion, it also helps prevent freezer burn and helps to thaw evenly.
-Freeze soup by laying plastic bags flat in your refrigerator so it doesn't bunch up into a big "ball" shape - the soup will thaw more evenly if first frozen to lay flat, making it a longer and thinner shape.
-Let soup thaw naturally in the refrigerator overnight.
-Reheat soup by placing in a pot on the stove and bringing to a quick boil, remove and serve when piping hot.
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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This recipe was designed to taste great with or without the beans - we often skip them when trying for lower carb meals, and it still tastes fantastic.
Of course! This recipe doesn't call for fresh garlic because it's an old family recipe and powder was often easier. For fresh, add 2-4 cloves garlic, minced, then cooked and softened to fragrant when cooking cabbage for soup.
Yes! This soup is super adaptable - you can add other vegetables or meat to this soup.
One Pot Hamburger and Cabbage Soup Recipe
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Hearty and extremely delicious, this one pot hamburger cabbage soup is easy to make and always a huge hit! Simple ingredients for a family favorite soup everyone loves!
- 1 lb beef, ground
- 2 Celery, rinsed well and diced
- ½ cabbage, diced
- 1 8 oz tomatoes, Can and diced, do not drain
- 1 8 oz kidney beans
- 8 oz beef stock or beer
- 4 cups water
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp paprika
- 2 tsp celtic sea salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 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!
Amount Per Serving Calories 219Saturated Fat 4gCholesterol 40mgSodium 122mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 14g