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Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe – very quick and easy to make, nutritious and delicious soup made with cabbage, ground beef and tomatoes.

Hearty, one pot, a family favorite, perfect for the cold weather. Instant pot option and video available.

A ladle with Keto cabbage soup inside

As a child, I never liked cabbage soup.

I wouldn’t even smell it.

But ever since I made this Keto Cabbage Soup, this soup has turned into a “go to” weekday meal.

Fortunately, my little guy loves all kinds of soups, this is why I feel obligated to make different soups, 3-4 times a week.

Have you heard about the cabbage soup diet though?

It is not a diet I support and its popularity has faded lately. Instead I prefer a balanced low-carb diet.

Looking for low-carb options, I decided to try making a cabbage soup with meat.

You can use chopped beef, instead of ground beef, if this is what you have and prefer.

In order for you to like this soup, you need to use the right seasoning.

While cabbage is nutritious and low-calorie, it doesn’t have a ton of flavor of its own.

This is why, a simple combination of salt, pepper, thyme, paprika and bay leaf works well in this recipe.

Cabbage is very popular in my home country and I cook a lot with is. I use it in salad, stews, sautee it or make stuffed cabbage leaves.

Cabbage soup in a white bowl

What recipe can I make with cabbage and ground beef?

You can make stuffed cabbage leaves or cabbage and ground beef soup.

Another option is to sautee the cabbage with the ground beef together for a simple and effortless meal.

You can also make a taco style cabbage salad with ground beef.

Cabbage soup in a bowl

Ingredients for Keto cabbage soup:

  • olive oil
  • cabbage
  • ground beef
  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • garlic
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • bone broth, preferably beef
  • thyme
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • bay leaf (optional)
Low carb cabbage soup in a bowl

How to make homemade cabbage soup?

Keep in mind that you may see the exact same soup recipe under different names like:

Stuffed cabbage soup, Unstuffed Cabbage Soup, Cabbage Roll Soup, Cabage and Ground Beef Soup.

There are different ways to make it – on the stove top, in the crock pot or in an Instant Pot.

I personally prefer the stove top version, because it doesn’t take very long time to make.

It is ready in 30 minutes.

STOVE TOP:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic, ground beef, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on medium-high, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spatula, until crumbled for 7-8 minutes.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, cabbage, Bay leaf, thyme, oregano, paprika and broth.
  5. Simmer for 25 minutes, until the cabbage is cooked and tender.
  6. Season with more salt and black pepper.

Serve this cabbage soup with a slice of this amazing Keto Cornbread  from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations.

Cabbage soup in a pot

How many calories are in this soup with cabbage ?

This cabbage soup recipe makes 12 one-cup servings and each has 145 calories and 5 net carbs.

How do you make cabbage soup taste better?

Since the beef or cabbage have a ton or flavor, you need to add some seasoning.

I like the combination of oregano and thyme and I also add bay leaf.

You may want to use Italian Seasoning or even taco seasoning, depending on what you like.

Just follow the same directions, but use different seasoning.

Using a good bone broth will make the soup taste even better.

Can you have cabbage on Keto?

Absolutely! Cabbage soup is perfect for Keto. Just make sure you make it with ground beef for the extra fat and protein. This Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe is perfect for Keto meal planning.

Can this Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe be made in a Slow Cooker or Instant Pot?

Yes, you can make this Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe in a Slow Cooker or and Instant Pot.

I rarely use both of these devices, since most of my soup recipes come together in 30 minutes or less.

Instant Pot Keto Cabbage Soup Instructions:

The ingredients are the same.

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “sautee” (15 minutes), wait until it is hot.
  2. Add the oil (optional) and the ground beef. Cook the beef until no longer pink (5 minutes).
  3. Add the onion and garlic, cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Next add the tomatoes, stock (or bone broth), seasoning, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
  5. Add cabbage on top.
  6. Close, set the valve to seal and set to 20 minutes on high pressure.
  7. You don’t need to do any natural release of the air, just set the valve to venting, after the vapor is released, open the lid.
  8. Remove the bay leaf, add more salt if needed.
  9. Serve hot.

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5 from 27 votes

Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe

Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe – very quick and easy to make, nutritious and delicious soup made with cabbage, ground beef and tomatoes. Hearty, one pot, a family favorite, perfect for the cold weather.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 1 cup

Ingredients 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 15 oz canned tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tspblack pepper
  • 5 cups bone broth, preferably beef
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf, optional

Instructions 

  • Heat olive iil in a large pot. Add chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic, ground beef, salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spatula, until crumbled for 7-8 minutes.
  • Add canned tomatoes, cabbage, Bay leaf, thyme, oregano, paprika and broth.
  • Simmer for 25 minutes, until the cabbage is cooked and tender.
  • Season with more salt and black pepper.

Video

Notes

The ingredients are the same.
  1. Set the Instant Pot to “sautee” (15 minutes), wait until it is hot.
  2. Add the oil (optional) and the ground beef. Cook the beef until no longer pink (5 minutes).
  3. Add the onion and garlic, cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Next add the tomatoes, stock (or bone broth), seasoning, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
  5. Add cabbage on top.
  6. Close, set the valve to sealing and set to 20 minutes on high pressure.
  7. You don’t need to do any natural release of the air, just set the valve to venting, then open the lid. Remove the bay leaf, add more salt if needed.
  8. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 309mg, Potassium: 278mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 16.9mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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102 Comments

  1. Really really good! I’m not on keto, but a friend who had surgery is, so I made it for them. I added a little more veg – a small amount of carrot and zuchinni. Not sure how keto-friendly carrot is so I limited the amount. Also added soy sauce and a splash of white wine vinegar to deepen and brighten the flavor. Definitely use beef broth for a richer flavor. I will be making this again soon. Quick, easy and delicious.

  2. 2nd time making this yummy soup. Added some sliced carrots since they were on hand. Very yummy. Very filling. A+

  3. I’m on keto I tried just cabbage soup but did not like it I made this and it was delicious I will definitely make again

  4. Okay mine doesn’t look like yours at all, like how did you get such small cabbage pieces?

    BUT I am in love with the recipe. Added more garlic, more salt, more tomatoes and 1 cup less of broth.

    YUMMMMMMMY

  5. Love the ease of this recipe! I cheat and use a bag of slaw mix. Most of the work is done then. So delicious and filling. Thanks for the recipe!