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Dusty’s Cabbage Soup

Dusty’s Cabbage Soup

With wet and dreary weather expected over the next few days, I decided to make a large pot of Dusty’s Cabbage Soup. In case you’re wondering, the picture above is Dusty, the Mom of one of my best friends, and also a dear friend of mine, who passed away 6 years ago. Dusty was a woman who maintained a huge vegetable garden and preserved hundreds of bottles of relishes, and jams, and beets and anything else she could think of. Those who were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of these special gifts at Christmas felt very fortunate.

One year, Dusty compiled all her favorite recipes together and put together binders to give out as gifts. I was on the receiving end of this treasure and I pull it out now and again to make something of hers and reminisce.

Dusty’s Cabbage Soup recipe was posted on my blog a year and a half ago, but I  wanted to re-post it this week to encourage you to make this delicious and healthy dish.

With spring on its way, many of you will probably be putting these hearty soup recipes aside until next fall, but before you do, make this one up for your family. What I love about meals like this, besides the fact that they’re full of good nutrition, is everything is one pot, making for easy cleanup!

Aside from being delicious, it is hearty, nourishing and chock full of vegetables and will certainly make you feel great. Also, don’t be afraid to change it up. If you prefer it to be a vegetarian soup, then leave out the meat and add in beans and some wild rice or quinoa. Have fun with recipes!

Dusty’s Cabbage Soup


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 med. onion
  • 1/2green pepper chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 – 5.5 oz cans tomato paste
  • 2 cups diced potato
  • 1 28 oz. can tomatoes
  • 6 cups hot water 3 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 cup diced raw carrot
  • 6 -7 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


In large soup pot or Dutch oven, sauté ground beef, onion, celery, and green pepper. Add remaining ingredients except cabbage and simmer for 1 hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Then, add cabbage and simmer covered for one hour longer.

As always, happy cooking!

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