Last updated on October 28th, 2021 at 07:06 am
This healthy ground beef and cabbage soup is loaded with vegetables and is such a delicious easy soup recipe that you’ll love and want to make again and again. Not only is it super satisfying, spicy and flavorful, but making this simple low carb cabbage soup with ground beef will only take you around 30 minutes! It’s such a great healthy weeknight dinner idea that you can also have for lunch the next day and you’ll actually be looking forward to it!
I went a bit crazy on this one. It has like 4742724542 ingredients and they never knew they’re going to become amigas and rivales. But they did. And they taste great together. So, here’s the story. I went to the farmers market in early September, saw all of the produce and decided I want everything. In my mania, I was buying vegetables left and right. Laughing like some maniac going to space in 2021 and polluting the Earth for fun and money. As you can tell, someone’s been spending too much time on her phone reading news and becoming a real grown-up with a real hunchback on her neck. Is it a hunchneck then?
After the farmers market, which is one of the many exciting things I do offline, I got home. And I panicked.
What do I do with all this produce? Like do I freeze it? Do I can everything like my grandma and hope it doesn’t get moldy like my last attempts? That sauerkraut had a real kick to it…Do I ask a woodpecker to make some holes into a dead tree, so I can hoard some mushrooms in there? Like I’ve ever seen a woodpecker other than Woody. Did not know. My fridge was full and my mind was cluttered.
I was holding those cabbage heads looking for answers and asking: do you spark joy and they were just sitting there doing nothing. No joy, no sparks. Thanks for nothing, Kondo.
I was really craving soup. So I just decided to break all my rules of never, ever eating cabbage soup in my life and I made this monster. It’s a delicious monster and totally worth all the panic and talking to cabbages.
Beef and Cabbage Soup Ingredients
Ground Beef. Use lean ground beef, or whatever minced meat you desire. Ground chicken or turkey will also do well here.
Cabbage. Yes, I did use purple and green cabbage for this soup. I hadn’t had cabbage in a while, so I was extremely excited it’s back and bought all the varieties. Which were the two: purple (or is it red?) and green. I did not want to make either cabbage head feel discriminated against so I chopped both of them for the soup. Of course, you can also make the soup with just one type of cabbage.
More Vegetables. Now, here you can simply use whatever vegetables you want and have. I used almost everything I had at home: peppers, carrots, scallions, onions, even mushrooms. Surprisingly, they actually tasted good together.
Herbs and Spices. Coriander, cumin, mint, crushed red pepper and turmeric were some of the dried herbs and spices I added to this soup. I also added a handful of chopped fresh herbs like basil, mind and parsley. Again, here you can add whatever herbs and spices you desire!
Salt and water or stock of choice to make it a soup.
How To Make A Healthy Beef and Cabbage Soup
The first thing we’re doing here is cooking the meat with some olive oil, herbs, spices and some salt directly in the cooking pot. Stir it for a bit and break into chunks.
During that time, chop your cabbage, mushrooms and herbs, then grate the pepper, ginger and carrots.
Then add the cabbage, stir for a few minutes until the cabbage softens and loses some of its volume…Definitely didn’t do it, just so that I can fit in more ingredients into the cooking pot.
Then it’s time to add in the vegetables you grated – that’s the red pepper, carrot and ginger. Pour in the water to cover, then add a generous pinch of salt and cover the pot with a lid to bring it all to a boil. Alternatively, instead of water and salt, you can use stock of choice.
Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat and let it cook for about 8-10 minutes to allow all the flavors to come together.
Add in the mushrooms, scallions and the chopped fresh herbs, add salt to taste if needed and cook for last 2-3 minutes.
Serve with some sliced red pepper, chili pepper or jalapeno for some additional heat and some chopped green herbs like parsley for some freshness.
I hope you enjoy this delicious soup with cabbage and ground beef! Let me know if you have any feedback or questions!
I recommend experimenting with the recipe. Maybe even trying it with tofu for a delicious plant-based version and adjusting the herbs and spices to what you like. Make it your own!
More Easy Delicious Soup Recipes:
- 8oz / 220g ground beef
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups cabbage
- 1 red pepper, grated
- 1 carrot, grated
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
- 1 tsp mint, dry
- 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
- 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 2 scallions, thinly chopped
- 2 mushrooms,chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped herbs of choice
- 4 cups water
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Cook the ground beef with olive oil, dry mint, crushed red pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric (optional) and some salt. Stir for 2-3 minutes, add in the onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
- During that time, grate the red pepper, carrot, ginger and chop the mushrooms, scallions, herbs (I used basil, mint and parsley) and cabbage.
- Add the cabbage to the meat and cook for 3 minutes until the cabbage has softened and reduced its volume.
- Stir in the shredded carrot, pepper and ginger, add in salt and water to cover then cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the soup cook for 8-10 minutes.
- In the last minutes, add the chopped mushrooms, scallions and herbs, add salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 2-3 more minutes.
- Serve immediately and garnish with some thinly sliced red pepper or jalapeno for some heat and some thinly chopped parsley.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 230mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 18g