Hearty Beef and Cabbage Soup - a perfect comfort meal for all the soup lovers out there, simple ingredients, but amazing taste.
Beef and Cabbage
The beef and cabbage soup is one of my go-to meals for a batch cooking session. Cabbage is one of my favourite vegetables, mainly because my mum was Irish and well if you didn't have cabbage once a week, were you even really Irish at all?
Usually, though my mum would boil cabbage in a big stockpot with pork ribs, water and seasoning. Sounds pretty basic and not very appetizing, but it was actually really tasty. I guess you have to of grown up on it to agree. If you were really lucky you even got crubeens (I'll let you google to find out what those are). Now the pork ribs I was fine with, but the crubeens I just could not enjoy, whatever you did with them. Sorry, mum!!
I now like my cabbage with beef, I think it must be moving to this side of the Atlantic. The richness of beef just goes amazing well with cabbage.
Ground Beef and Cabbage
In this delicious soup, we use just simple ground beef (or beef mince as it's called in the UK), reasonably cheap, although extra lean tends to be a little pricier. I always have a pack of ground beef in my freezer, as you never know when the kids just might request spaghetti bolognese or chilli for dinner and well who am I to disappoint.
Most kids hate cabbage, but strangely in this Beef and Cabbage the soup the kids will eat it, I think it's because it's shredded like noodles and not as visibly green in their bowl. The tricks you will do to get kids (fussy ones) to eat vegetables.
How to make Beef and Cabbage Soup?
Ground beef - check! Cabbage - check!!
But what else do we use? All the rest is pretty much staple ingredients you should have on hand most weeks.
- Canned Tomatoes
- Tomato Paste (Puree)
- Balsamic Vinegar
- and I do like to add some fresh herbs, but dry is fine if that is all you have
What type of cabbage to use?
I used just a regular green cabbage, kids are a bit more fussy with other cabbages like savoy, but any cabbage will work well in this soup. So use whatever is available to you.
If you like bread with meals like this Beef and Cabbage Soup and have a healthy extra b spare, it would be perfect with one of these yummy homemade bread recipes:
or if you don't want to make your own, there are various bread to choose from that you can enjoy as part of your healthy extra b choice.
Whenever I make up a pot of this beef and cabbage soup, I always make enough so I have some leftover to freeze too. I love having meals in my freezer that I can grab, defrost and cook on a busy day.
My favourite containers for adding soups, chilli, bolognese etc too are these Anchor Glass Storage Containers with Lids. The bonus of these being a glass container is that they are also ovenproof, which means they can go straight in the oven, unlike some plastic containers, which you have to transfer to another dish first.
More soup recipes
If you love soup recipes like this one, I also have these other delicious soup recipes below:
- Syn Free Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Turkey Taco Soup
- Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup
- Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup
- Chicken Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup
- Syn Free Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- Chicken, Bean and Rice Soup
- Syn Free Split Pea and Bacon Soup
- Spicy Sweet Potato, Red Pepper and Carrot Soup
or head on over to my Full Recipe Index with over 850 delicious Slimming World and Weight Watchers recipes all fully searchable by meal type, ingredients, syn value and smart points etc.
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
Do you love cabbage rolls? They are pretty tasty, right?
Well, you can make this delicious Beef and Cabbage Soup a little more filling and turn it into unstuffed cabbage by stirring through some cooked long grain rice. Perfect!!
Some other ideas for things to have with it, to make it more of a substantial meal is by serving it with one of these options:
- Best Ever Syn Free Mashed Potatoes
- Rustic Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
- Syn Free Crispy Golden Potatoes
- Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes
- Cauliflower Mash – perfect for an SP day
- Crushed Roasted Potatoes
- Cheddar and Spring Onion Mash
- Syn Free Sweet Potato Mash
- 500g (17.5oz) of extra lean ground beef
- 400g (14oz) of green cabbage roughly shredded
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 800ml (3.4 cups) can of diced tomatoes
- ½ cup (120ml) of passata (or crushed tomatoes)
- 4 tbs of tomato paste (puree)
- 1 litre (4.2 cups) of beef stock (I use low sodium)
- 1 tbs of cumin
- 1 tbs of paprika
- 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs of fresh thyme or 1 tsp of dried thyme
- salt and black pepper
- fresh chopped parsley
- cooking oil spray (I used olive oil)
- Spray a deep pot over a medium high heat with cooking oil spray.
- Add the ground beef, onion and garlic and fry until browned.
- Add the cumin and paprika and fry for a further minute.
- Stir in the cabbage, diced tomatoes and thyme
- Pour in the stock, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar and then bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 mins.
- Season as needed with salt and black pepper.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - syn free per serving
- Slimming World Original/SP - syn free per serving
- WW Flex/Freestyle Smart Points - 2 per serving
*Suitable for freezing
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 182Total Fat 4.3gSaturated Fat 1.2gCholesterol 48mgSodium 715mgCarbohydrates 12.4gFiber 3.6gSugar 7.4gProtein 22.7g