Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup – Cabbage Soup With Hamburger and Kidney Beans

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Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans and canned tomato basil soup for an extra yummy flavor. Serve this up on a cold day with crusty bread or simple crackers.

Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup

The weather has officially changed from a warm Indian summer straight to a frigid winter. In most homes in Indiana, this means a big pot of soup. Everyone will be warming up leftover soup for lunch when they’re back to work on Monday.

My soup of choice this week is a big pot of Hamburger Cabbage Soup. That’s because my last bag from the Purdue Student CSA had a lovely head of green cabbage. I’ve been looking at it all week planning this pot of soup.

Cabbage Soup With Hamburger and Kidney Beans

My mom shared this easy cabbage soup with me. The recipe belongs to her good friend Terri, and what makes it special is that it has a shortcut ingredient that packs a punch of flavor.

The old fashioned cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, onion and two cans of tomato basil soup.

Now, regular tomato soup is a perfectly acceptable ingredient substitution; however, using tomato basil soup is rather genius because the flavor is amazing. My middle daughter reminded me that she doesn’t like cabbage as she is gobbling up the soup and asking for seconds and then thirds.

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What do I need to make cabbage soup?

Cabbage Tomato Soup Ingredient List

Ground Beef

Onion, diced

Green Cabbage, chopped

Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed

Canned Tomato Basil Soup

How To Make Ground Beef Cabbage Soup

  1. Brown ground beef and onions; drain excess grease, if needed.
  2. To a large saucepan, add chopped green cabbage, drained and rinsed kidney beans, browned hamburger and onions, and tomato basil soup.
  3. Simmer, partially covered until the cabbage is cooked to your desired texture.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for cabbage tomato soup with kidney beans, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Old Fashioned Cabbage Soup

  • The original recipe calls for 1/2 a head of cabbage; if it’s a small cabbage, I use the whole thing.
  • Dried, minced onion can be substituted for fresh, diced onion.
  • I always rinse out my soup cans with a little water to make sure I don’t waste any of the soup. Add that water to the cabbage hamburger soup.
  • If your soup is a little thick, add more water during cooking.
  • Regular tomato soup works instead of tomato basil; however, the added flavor from the tomato basil soup is well worth it.
  • Kidney beans could be omitted, or try swapping in another type of bean.
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Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 

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To make a quick and easy ground beef and cabbage soup, all you have to do is a couple rather simple steps. Fry up hamburger and onions; add kidney beans, chopped cabbage and tomato basil soup, and you have an hearty dinner and leftovers for the week.

Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 

Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup - Cabbage Soup With Hamburger and Kidney Beans

Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor.  Serve this up on a cold day with crusty bread or simple crackers. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage and ground beef soup, cabbage soup with hamburger and kidney beans, cabbage tomato soup, ground beef cabbage soup, old fashioned cabbage soup
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 large head green cabbage, diced
  • 15 ounces red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 36 ounces canned tomato basil soup 2 19-oz cans work too

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef and onions, drain excess grease in needed.
    Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 
  • In a large soup pan or saucepan, add diced cabbage, drained and rinsed kidney beans, tomato basil soup, and fried hamburger and onions. Stir to combine. Rinse out the tomato basil soup cans with a little water, and add that to the soup too!
    Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 
  • Cook partially covered over medium/ low heat, letting the soup simmer until the cabbage is cooked to your desired texture, approximately 25-35 minutes.
    Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 
  • Serve with crusty bread or simple crackers.
    Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 

Notes

  • The original recipe calls for 1/2 a head of cabbage; if it's a small cabbage, I use the whole thing. 
  • Dried, minced onion can be substituted for fresh, diced onion.
  • I always rinse out my soup cans with a little water to make sure I don't waste any of the soup. Add that water to the cabbage hamburger soup.  
  • Do not sweat it if you have 19 ounce soup cans…a couple of extra ounces won’t hurt anything!
  • If your soup is a little thick, add more water during cooking. 
  • Regular tomato soup works too instead of tomato basil; however, the added flavor from the tomato basil soup is well worth it. 
  • Kidney beans could be omitted, or try swapping in another type of bean. 
  • I also love making a milk based, creamier cabbage soup.  Try this Amish Cabbage Soup Recipe too!
  • Please note that the carb counts, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on the products you use. The auto-calculation is an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

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Cabbage and Ground Beef Soup is an old fashioned staple in many households. This easy cabbage soup has hamburger, kidney beans, and canned tomato basil soup of extra yummy flavor. 

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