This wholesome sweet-and-sour soup combines beef, caraway seeds, sweet paprika and cabbage--ingredients that star in a number of German dishes. It is particularly nice served with crusty rye bread. For an even heartier soup, add diced cooked potatoes along with the cabbage. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016


Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add beef, caraway seeds and thyme and cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a spoon, until it is mostly browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in pepper-onion mix and apple; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • Stir in broth, tomatoes, honey and paprika and adjust the heat so the mixture boils gently. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Stir in cabbage and cook just until barely tender, 3 to 4 minutes more. Season with vinegar to taste, salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; protein 19.1g 38% DV; carbohydrates 21.2g 7% DV; dietary fiber 4.5g 18% DV; sugars 15.2g; fat 9.3g 14% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 52.9mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 1298.7IU 26% DV; vitamin c 37mg 62% DV; folate 43.7mcg 11% DV; calcium 68.8mg 7% DV; iron 3.4mg 19% DV; magnesium 41.5mg 15% DV; potassium 670.7mg 19% DV; sodium 717.1mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV; added sugar 4g.

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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is a keeper. It is very nutritious low-calorie and tasty due to the wonderful flavor combinations and ground beef. I did not have the frozen bell pepper and onion mix so just used 2.5 cups of chopped onions green and red bell peppers instead. And the only apple I had was Macintosh so I just used that. Anyway this recipe turned out great highly recommended. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was nervous about this recipe because usually I dislike paprika but it was wonderful! I used a Fuji apple and you couldn't tell there was apple in there so I'm not sure what the fuss was for the readers who didn't like it. Maybe it depends on how soft the apple gets? I also used fresh peppers and onions since that's what I had and mushrooms I was trying to use up. I used Napa cabbage---I think I would like it with more cabbage but since Napa is softer (less dense) than regular cabbage it could just be that using Napa requires more than 3 cups. The whole family enjoyed it! --giddy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My boyfriend and I love this soup! We always AT LEAST double the recipe for plenty of leftovers (freezes well). We're vegetarians so we use veggie crumbles instead of the beef and veggie broth in place of the beef broth. We usually add more tomatoes than called for and also add potatoes for some extra substance as suggested in the recipe. This is a great recipe and so easily adaptable for what's on hand. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome! It's filling tasty and both of us love it. Have had it several times and it's a keeper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Change it up a little I used what I had in my fridge. Red pepper instead of green tomato paste and extra broth instead of canned tomatoes and combination of hamburger and chorizo soy sausage instead. Couldn't even taste the apples so they were fine! Quick and healthy! Pros: quick to put together use leftovers in fridge warm and full of flavor well balanced Cons: not really Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Soup Ever! The perfect balance of sweet savory and sour! I loved the apple and vinegar in the soup! We added potatoes and certainly recommend doing so. Also I would suggest not using regular green cabbage. We used savoy cabbage and it made the soup. Overall one of the best soups I have ever had and can't wait to make it again! Pros: Everything Cons: none Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Eh So I know I'm obviously in the minority but I didn't like this recipe. I followed it to a T. I thought it lacked flavor even with the caraway seeds and vinegar. I was hoping it would taste like cabbage rolls but it does not. I won't be making this recipe again. Pros: Easy Cons: Not a whole lot of flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wonderful blend of flavors I've never been much a soup person but I love cabbage so I was curious enough to give it a try. It's fast and easy to put together and unbelievably tasty! Thanks to this recipe I've finally met my soup soulmate! Pros: Easy to make delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was ok very hearty but the caraway seeds were overwhelming. I would cut back on those and maybe increase the paprika and a little more broth. Read More