Sweet & Sour Beef-Cabbage Soup


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.

sweet and sour beef cabbage soup
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings, about 1 3/4 cups each


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pound lean (90% or leaner) ground beef

  • 1 ½ teaspoons caraway seeds

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix, thawed, chopped

  • 1 medium Golden Delicious or other sweet-tart cooking apple, unpeeled, diced

  • 6 cups reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 1 15-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes

  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon paprika, preferably Hungarian sweet

  • 3 cups coarsely chopped Savoy, or green cabbage

  • 1-2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

240 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 3/4 cups
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 15g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Vitamin A 1299IU 26%
Vitamin C 37mg 41%
Folate 44mcg 11%
Sodium 717mg 31%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 3mg 19%
Magnesium 42mg 10%
Potassium 671mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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