Beef Cabbage Soup

A hearty soup with seasoned beef meat, fresh cabbage, potatoes and vegetables. The perfect Russian soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Russian
Keyword cabbage soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 269kcal
Author Valentina's Corner


  • 1 lb beef (sirloin, stew or your fav), cut into bite-sized pieces

Meat Seasoning-

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 large bay leaf


  • 14 cups water
  • 4-6 med/large potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 medium white cabbage, shredded
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 5 tsp olive or canola oil, divided
  • 2 fresh medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove, minced minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 pepper
  • fresh herbs, any
  • serve with sour cream


Seasoning the Meat-

  • Cube meat into bite-size pieces. Season with the salt and pepper. Slice garlic and add to meat. Break up a bay leaf, add to meat. Mix everything and refrigerate for at least one day (up to 5 days).
  • Bring water to a boil. Rinse seasoned meat (just to get the bay leaf and garlic off). Add the meat to boiling water and boil for 35-40 minutes on medium/high heat until meat is tender.
  • Chop onion finely. Shred carrot.
  • Saute onion with 2 tsp oil until onion is soft (about 5 minutes). Add shredded carrots and 3 tsp oil, saute until carrots are soft (about 6 minutes).
  • Remove skin from tomatoes, chop and add to vegetables, mix. Add the ketchup and sour cream, mix and turn off heat. Let it simmer about a minute and remove from heat. Set aside.
  • Cube potatoes and add to bowl, pour cold water over potatoes until ready to use.
  • Shred cabbage, set aside.
  • Once meat is tender, drain the potatoes and add to the meat. Add the 2 tsp salt, 1/4 pepper. Cook 10 minutes on med/high heat.
  • Add the cabbage to the pot. Cook another 10-15 minutes (until potatoes are cooked). Add the sauteed vegetable from pan, add fresh herbs. Allow soup to cook another 2-3 minutes. 
  • Enjoy with sour cream.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 986mg | Potassium: 837mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2880IU | Vitamin C: 39.4mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5mg