Hamburger Stew with Cabbage


I grew up in Kansas City, where my parents would go to Shoney's once a week. They had an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar and it was the highlight of my week. Even as a kid, I've always loved soup. Then we moved out of state. Even though it has been nearly 40 years since I last had it, I never forgot about their cabbage soup with hamburger. I decided to recreate it based on my memory and here is what I came up with. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ head cabbage, shredded

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cubes beef bouillon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • salt to taste


  1. Crumble ground beef in a large soup pot and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Drain grease. Add bell pepper, onion, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to high. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, cabbage, beef broth, water, beef bouillon, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Ladle into bowls and salt to taste.

Cook's Note:

While it won't taste like Shoney's, ground venison works really well with this recipe too.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
8g Fat
31g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 849mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 50mg 249%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 678mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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