Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Fresh vegetable flavors and tender pieces of hamburger make every bite wonderful in this homemade Vegetable Beef Soup with Cabbage.

Close up bowl of vegetable soup with tender pieces of beef, cabbage, potatoes, corn, tomatoes and celery resting on top with a spoon ready to eat.

If you enjoy the fresh vegetables in this meal you may also enjoy our Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup.

Vegetable Beef Soup with Cabbage Recipe

This healthy, yet hearty old fashioned vegetable beef soup with cabbage and potatoes is a broth based soup that my family really enjoys!

Ground beef, cabbage and potatoes are the key ingredients, while tomatoes, onion, celery and corn add more color and fill out every bite.

We have a freezer full of farm raised beef that we enjoy in a one pot recipe like this that blends protein and vegetables so well. Lean beef also tastes great in our Beef Noodle Casserole and Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers.

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Our family has recently had a strong motivation to eat more fruits and vegetables so these type of recipes are taking center stage.  We like to make a big batch and put several containers in the freezer so that we’ve got a meal ready to go at any time.

Ladle lifting a scoop of homemade vegetable soup with generous piece of cabbage and ground beef over the pot full of soup.

Vegetable Beef Soup is a perfect recipe to use leftover cabbage from a Beef and Cabbage Skillet or Smoked Sausage and Cabbage meal

Why This Recipe Works

  • Ground beef can be browned ahead of time in big batches to save time with meal prep.
  • Homemade vegetable beef soup freezes well, so use extra vegetables from the garden to make meals that can be reheated in cooler months.
  • This is one of those old fashioned vegetable soup recipes that my mom pulled out of her vault and it’s so delicious!
  • We all love homemade meals and this is a classic soup for us!  Our family already enjoys Pasta E Fagioli, Ham and Potato Soup, and Chili with Tomato Juice so adding this soup recipe with hamburger to our menu rotation has been great! 
Overhead view of old fashioned vegetable soup with cabbage on a red and white plaid napkin.

Ingredients Needed to Make Hamburger Vegetable Soup

  • Hamburger
  • Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Corn, fresh or frozen
  • Peppers are optional
  • Beef bouillon, we prefer Better Than Boullion
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Ingredients to make vegetable beef soup are cabbage, onion, tomatoes, potatoes, hamburger, corn, celery and beef broth on a wooden counter top.

Another similar recipe using top round steak is our Crock Pot Beef Vegetable Soup.

How to Make Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup with Cabbage

  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef and onion until done and then drain.
  2. Boil one cup of water in a dutch oven and stir in Better than Boullion flavoring or bouillon cubes.
  3. Add beef and onion mixture and remaining ingredients.
  4. Add enough extra water to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.
  5. Keep pot covered and stir occasionally until vegetables are tender.

Step By Step Instructions

Brown ground beef and drain.

While beef is browning work on chopping vegetables and add to a lined or lightly greased slow cooker.

Variety of colorful chopped vegetables arranged in a crock pot ready to cook into homemade vegetable beef soup.

Add cooked and crumbled beef to the crock pot.

A pound of ground beef poured over top a pile of vegetables with a wooden spoon to stir it all together.

Add seasonings. I like to sprinkle freshly ground pepper and sea salt over the top.

Add beef broth or enough liquid to cover the vegetables.

Overhead view of crock pot with freshly cooked ground beef, chopped cabbage, cubes of potatoes, diced tomatoes, slices of celery with plenty of pepper on top in a slow cooker.

Adding water is an option to thin the soup, but I typically add a mixture of vegetable stock or beef broth.

In The Crock Pot

Cover crock pot and set to low for 4 to 5 hours or cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

Tender cooked potatoes, cabbage, other vegetables and ground beef in a slow cooker to make a delicious homemade soup.

Stove Top

Cover and simmer on low on the stove top for about an hour. The soup is done when the potatoes and cabbage are tender.

Recipe Tips

  • Frozen hash browns and veggies or canned vegetables save time chopping. We typically use our homegrown frozen sweet corn.
  • Add desired amount of beef broth, vegetable stock or water so that all veggies are submerged and can cook in liquid.
  • Yukon gold potatoes don’t need peeled, where a brown Idaho potato needs to be peeled.
Pot of vegetable beef soup with cabbage made on the stove top.

Other Farmhouse Favorite Meals

Spoon in a bowl of hamburger vegetable soup with cabbage and potatoes on a red and white plaid napkin.

Vegetable Beef Soup with Cabbage

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Fresh vegetable flavors and tender pieces of hamburger make every bite wonderful in this homemade Vegetable Beef Soup with Cabbage.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons beef flavored Better than Boullion
  • 5 cups potatoes diced
  • 4 cups tomatoes diced
  • 3 cups cabbage cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Brown ground beef and onion until done and then drain.
  • Boil one cup of water in a dutch oven and stir in Better than Boullion flavoring. Add beef and onion mixture and remaining ingredients.
  • Add enough extra water to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Keep pot covered and stir occasionally until vegetables are tender.
  • Or cook in a slow cooker on low for 4 to 5 hours or cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 19gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 473mgPotassium: 1368mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally shared on August 30, 2019 with updates made on December 4, 2023.

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