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Quick and Easy Cabbage Patch Soup Recipe

Delicious homemade Cabbage Patch soup with kidney beans. Hamburger and cabbage team up with kidney beans and lots of flavorful additions to create a healthy meal for your family.

This is a quick and easy Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free dinner.

Over the thirty plus years we’ve lived in our neighborhood we’ve made many friends.

We have wonderful memories of LOTS of block parties with our neighboring families.

Cabbage Soup In A White Bowl On A Blue Plaid Cloth

When our kids were growing up they engaged parents, grandparents and friends as the audience for their plays. They wrote, produced and acted out many plays all by themselves.

Various neighbors hosted these events. We were all quite proud of our kids for their theatrical accomplishments.

But we needed more than amateur theater hour to keep us coming back.

The parents insisted on a Food table and time to catch up on the neighbor news afterward.

Cabbage Patch Soup In A White Bowl On A Blue Plaid Cloth

This cabbage soup recipe came as a gift from a neighbor friend at one of these events. We all wanted this recipe. It’s such an easy cheap party food. And its SO good!

CABBAGE PATCH SOUP

Our recipe originally came from Snohomish Washington where our neighbor was raised.

This soup is so popular you can find it by googling Cabbage Patch Soup Snohomish. Our family has loved this recipe for decades. It is time tested and approved.

Basically, Cabbage patch soup is a hamburger soup with vegetables. LOTS of healthy vegetables like celery and onions and of course a boatload of cabbage.

Our recipe also has red kidney beans. That ups the carbs but also the food value.

This healthy hamburger soup recipe also uses LOTS of yummy flavor add ins to keep it interesting. Like Chili powder and beef broth (OR vegetable broth).

I’ve used chicken broth in a pinch but beef broth is more appropriate for this hamburger soup base.

Cabbage Patch Soup
Cabbage Patch Soup with kidney beans. Full of healthy fiber.

Cabbage is incredibly good for you.

For every cup of cabbage you are only getting 22 calories. But they are loaded with nutrients. No wonder a soup diet was created with cabbage.

According to Healthline cabbage is a powerhouse of good for you fiber, antioxidants and vitamin B6. Not to mention many other vitamins to nourish you at the end of your day. We should eat more cabbage in our diets.

Love Cabbage? If you are Looking for more healthy cabbage recipes Here are some Delicious recipes full of cabbage.

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Cabbage Patch Soup Recipe:

You may be familiar with the  Cabbage Soup Diet. This recipe started out as part of that diet. Eventually the diet was debunked as a fad. Eating cabbage soup recipes for a week to lose weight really isn’t that great a diet plan. Especially at weeks end when all those goodies are waiting for you. Cabbage soup is very good for you but not a complete food. 

This soup is actually a higher carb version of the original I found out. So this cabbage soup has MORE food value and is still very low in calories.

When I was given this soup recipe I had NO IDEA it was part of the cabbage soup diet. We just really love it. The diet may have failed but this soup recipe is a definite success!

Our Cabbage Beef Stew is another winner Dinner. If you love cabbage this recipe is delish too.

This beef cabbage soup is a favorite gluten free soup. I make this great recipe all the time. It’s easy, delicious and nutritious. And very light. Cabbage patch soup with kidney beans helps increase the soups staying power.

Kidney beans are full of healthy fiber and protein to keep you satisfied. You can make it without the kidney beans. But I recommend keeping the beans in this recipe. Kidney beans add healthy carbs to do your body good.

You can make this recipe in your slow cooker, instant pot or on the stove. Honestly, it’s such a fast soup the stove top is really the easiest. Brown the meat, throw in your other ingredients and cook for 20 minutes!

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup:

If you are going to be gone all day here’s how to make this soup in your crock pot:

TIP: DEFINITELY  brown the hamburger first.  Then load the crockpot with all the other ingredients and set it on high for four hours. It won’t hurt you to use raw hamburger in the slow cooker as long as you make sure it’s completely cooked before you eat it. 

THE REASON for browning the hamburger before you make this soup is to enhance the flavor and texture of the meat. DON’T throw raw hamburger into the crockpot (OR stock pot OR instant pot) and cook the soup. The meat will be mealy and flavorless.

Cook on high heat for four hours or on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. If your slow cooker automatically goes to the keep warm function you can set it 6 hours on low and  it won’t overcook no matter how long you are away from home.

For Stove Top:

Cabbage Patch Soup Fresh Veggies. Onion, Celery And Cabbage
Cabbage patch soup fresh vegetables. Onion, celery and cabbage. LOTS of cabbage.

Put a large soup pot on the stove and have dinner in 30 minutes!

  • Brown hamburger, celery and onion in a large soup pot.
  • Add remaining ingredients and allow to boil gently for 20 minutes on medium high heat.
  • Simmer the soup up to two hours to improve the flavor. But this soup can be served within a half hour of making it. If your hungry dig in! Makes great leftovers!
Cabbage Patch Soup
Cabbage Patch Soup

Instant Pot:

Of course you can make soup in your instant pot too.

  1. Start the saute function and add the ground beef.
  2. Let it brown a bit and add the celery and onion.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and use the soup function set to 20 minutes to cook it.
  4. Quick release and enjoy!
Cabbage Patch Soup
Cabbage Patch Soup

Serving Suggestion:

This Cabbage soup with hamburger is especially good with dinner rolls or french bread. That’s all you need for a filling healthy meal. Need a sugar free, low carb, gluten free dessert? Try our Sugar free Pumpkin cheesecake.

Cabbage Soup In A White Bowl On A Blue Plaid Cloth
Yield: 10

Cabbage Patch Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Delicious homemade Cabbage Patch soup! Hamburger and cabbage team up with kidney beans to create a filling, healthy meal for your family. Quick and easy High-Fiber, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. Hamburger
  • 4 to 5 stalks celery-diced
  • 1/2 medium onion-diced
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 15 oz. can tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can beef broth or equivalent
  • 1 15 oz. Can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium head green cabbage

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger, celery and onion in a large soup pot.Hamburger SautèIng
  2. Add remaining ingredients and allow to boil gently for 20 minutes on medium high heat.Cabbage Patch Soup Ingredients
  3. Simmer the soup up to two hours to improve the flavor-but this soup can be served within a half hour of making it.Cabbage Patch Soup
  4. For the crockpot: Brown the hamburger separately, then load all the ingredients into the crockpot. Set it on high for four hours. Serve.

Notes

NOTES:

I Never drain my canned beans or other canned ingredients when making this soup (or any of my soups). I actually pour the canned contents into the pot or crock and then rinse the cans and add that water too. I don't mention that in the instructions because you can adjust the soupiness to taste. For best flavor use water sparingly.

Slow cooker Instructions:

  1. Brown and season the hamburger as directed.
  2. Add Remaining prepared ingredients into your slow cooker.
  3. Cook on HIGH HEAT for four hours OR
  4. LOW HEAT for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 37mgSodium 781mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 15g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

Cabbage Soup In A White Bowl On A Blue Plaid Cloth
Yield: 10

Cabbage Patch Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Delicious homemade Cabbage Patch soup! Hamburger and cabbage team up with kidney beans to create a filling, healthy meal for your family. Quick and easy High-Fiber, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. Hamburger
  • 4 to 5 stalks celery-diced
  • 1/2 medium onion-diced
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 15 oz. can tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can beef broth or equivalent
  • 1 15 oz. Can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium head green cabbage

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger, celery and onion in a large soup pot.Hamburger SautèIng
  2. Add remaining ingredients and allow to boil gently for 20 minutes on medium high heat.Cabbage Patch Soup Ingredients
  3. Simmer the soup up to two hours to improve the flavor-but this soup can be served within a half hour of making it.Cabbage Patch Soup
  4. For the crockpot: Brown the hamburger separately, then load all the ingredients into the crockpot. Set it on high for four hours. Serve.

Notes

NOTES:

I Never drain my canned beans or other canned ingredients when making this soup (or any of my soups). I actually pour the canned contents into the pot or crock and then rinse the cans and add that water too. I don't mention that in the instructions because you can adjust the soupiness to taste. For best flavor use water sparingly.

Slow cooker Instructions:

  1. Brown and season the hamburger as directed.
  2. Add Remaining prepared ingredients into your slow cooker.
  3. Cook on HIGH HEAT for four hours OR
  4. LOW HEAT for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 37mgSodium 781mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 15g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

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Cabbage Patch Soup
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Cabbage Patch Soup-Pin Image
Classic cabbage patch soup is a hearty beef and veggie stew that is perfect for the chilly days of the year. #cabbage #soup #cabbagepatch #recipe #crockpot #healthy #fatburning #hamburger
Classic Cabbage Patch Soup-Pin Image
Delicious homemade Cabbage Patch soup with kidney beans. Hamburger and cabbage team up with kidney beans and lots of flavorful additions to create a healthy meal for your family. Quick and easy Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free dinner.
This Healthy soup is published as part of AnItalianinmykitchen’s 12 comforting bowls of Soup
This post was originally published September 28, 2014. It has been updated and republished with new pictures and video.

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Candy

Saturday 24th of July 2021

I have been making this soup for at least 20 years. I got the recipe from the old River City Cafe in Marysville WA, not too far from Snohomish. Years ago I switched to using a bag or 2 of coleslaw mix instead of the cabbage. And now I also make it in the instant pot. It’s a family favorite!

Diane

Monday 26th of July 2021

Hi Candy, I LOVE the tip about using a coleslaw mix for this soup. thanks for sharing your story with this recipe. I got it from a friend with ties to Marysville. Small world! Have a wonderful day!

Loretta

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Hello , What kind of onion,sweet,yellow or white? Thanks

Diane

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Normally I would choose a yellow onion for this recipe. You can use whatever you have though. This soup is fairly flexible. I will use a white onion, walla walla sweet or vidalia if they are in my fridge. Maybe not a red as they bleed. Hope this helps! Enjoy.

Loretta

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Oh My Gosh , my 6 quart crockpot is filled to the very top ,Is the cabbage going to shrink while it cooks?

Diane

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Hi Loretta, The cabbage will cook down. Just set the lid on it and it will be fine. If you notice the juice bubbling around the lid after the cabbage reduces you can skim some of it off. Hope that helps. :)

Loretta

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Hi , I am making this for tonights dinner ,I have another question, I have 80/20 ground beef do i drain the fat from this ? Thanks Loretta

Diane

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Hi loretta, Yes, for high fat hamburger I would drain it after browning. Enjoy!

Loretta

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

HI I would like to cook on low in the slow cooker, how many hours on low and is that 1 can of diced tomatoes or whole tomatoes? Thanks Loretta

Diane

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Hi Loretta, Thanks so much for asking. I have updated the post with better instructions and put all the slow cooker instructions in the Notes section of the recipe card for you. Use DICED tomatoes if you have them. I prefer the texture of diced tomatoes. Both whole or diced tomatoes will work in a pinch though. Let us know if you have further questions and enjoy!

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