Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe -
Beef and Cabbage Stew Recipe
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Beef and Cabbage Stew

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"I agree that this is a very good recipe. My 93-year-old mother-in-law has recently told me that this is the best meal I have ever brought her, and there have been many. All the veggie prep can be done while the onions and bay leaves are simmering. I do add more broth when the veggies go in. The cabbage will add a significant amount of water but the beef flavor is key. It will freeze great in resealable bags for a quick meal so I normally double the recipe when going to this effort, which in my opinion is well worth it. The 2 hour simmering step for the beef can be done the day before."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 55 mins

    3 hrs 10 mins


  1. Cook and stir stew meat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until browned on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Stir beef bouillon into beef broth in a bowl until dissolved; pour over stew meat. Add onion, black pepper, and bay leaf; cover and simmer until stew meat is very tender, at least 2 hours. Add potatoes, cabbage, celery, and carrot; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 30 to 45 more minutes.
  3. Stir tomato sauce and salt into the stew; simmer, uncovered, until tomato sauce is fully incorporated and flavors have blended, 15 to 20 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 22, 2012

Very nice pretty healthy recipe. I used all the same ingredients but changed up the prep order to make it easier for me to put together on a busy day. I diced up the onion, carrots (used a lot more carrots) celery. Cooked the beef, added the onions, carrots and celery and cooked that a bit, added the broth & bouillon cube, tomato sauce - brought to a low simmer - added the potatoes and turned the heat down to low and let simmer - just before serving I added the cabbage and let simmer while the rolls baked. No added salt was needed. Perfectly easy weeknight meal. This can all be done using the crockpot - start of the stove and finish the simmer and cabbage in the crockpot.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 04, 2013

Very disappointed with this recipe. Our old standby swiss steak in the crockpot is much better than this. I won't be making this again.

Oct 18, 2012

Exactly what I was looking for! It tasted exactly like what I grew up on at my Grandma's house. Excellent flavor - definitely a comfort food for me!

Dec 10, 2012

I absolutely loved this recipe but I did make some changes. Instead of the tomato sauce I used 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes with the juice and a small can of tomato paste. I also added a can of drained corn and a gutted and diced jalapeno to add a little kick. I added these along with the rest of the veggies and let it simmer for 70 minutes. Both myself and my partner absolutely loved it!

Dec 13, 2013

Excellent stew! I make this in the crock pot. Just brown the meat, put it in the crock pot and cover with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low all day and it comes out great! Another great excuse to eat cabbage. Great as-is, but I've also added corn, peas, cauliflower, etc.

Jan 19, 2013

ok, is it fair to give this 5 stars when I didn't follow the recipe? I just had to because this soup is so delicious and soooooo good for us!!! I used 1 pound of beef, 15 oz tomato sauce, 6 cups of beef broth, 4 large handful of coleslaw mix (Sam's club), 2 large carrots, 1 onion, 1 c each of frozen green beans and corn and salt and pepper...and one tsp of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. OH WOW! simple, delicious, hearty, healthy goodness in a bowl. Exactly what I want my family to eat to nourish themselves!!! the twenty minutes of simmering are almost up and the troops are starting to circle!!! I've taste-tested a little bowl already and I can hardly wait for more!!!!

Nov 27, 2012

Prepared this recipe exactly like the original with no changes. It turned out perfect! Very tasty the first day and the leftovers were even better the second day. You will not be disappointed. Great recipe, and I'll definitely make this one again.

Nov 03, 2013

My wife can make a great stew and i have been trying to make a recipe to beat hers and have great flavor with tender meat and done vegies that didnt taste like some chemical, well this recipe beat hers by far. I didn't change anything, the beef was real tender, the broth had great flavor and the cabbage made this stew even better. You have to try this recipe, you will make this again. My wife really liked this stew and admitted it that it taste better then hers.


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  • Calories
  • 318 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 15.8 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 690 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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