Beef Stew with Cabbage

Easy Beef Stew with Cabbage Recipe
This is the first recipe that I created on my own. As a teenager I lived with my Dad and he and I would take turns cooking. He always improvised and I tended to rely on family recipes and prepackaged mixes. My dad kept encouraging me to take chances and experiment. One day I had some leftover cabbage from making Bierocks and I decided to follow my Dad’s advice and made this hearty stew.

Stretch Your Stew Meat with this Tip:

Stew meat often comes in rather big chunks. To add a robust meaty flavor without adding tons of meat I use scissors to cut each chunk into several small pieces.

I brown the onion with the meat so I don’t have to add any oil to the soup. Even though I use meat that has the fat trimmed, there is still enough to brown the onion.

Beef Stew with Cabbage
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 8
  • ½ – 1 pound stew meat
  • I medium onion, diced
  • 8 cups beef broth (How to make beef broth in a slow cooker)
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 cups uncooked noodles(I use brown rice noodles)
  1. Add meat and onion to a large pot and brown.
  2. Add broth, vegetables and spices. Cook over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil.
  3. Add noodles and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.


Cabbage Soup with beef

This soup is hearty enough to serve on it’s own, but I often serve it with Bierocks or a garden salad.

I still prefer my Dad’s cooking to any other, but since I live several states away I am thankful that he encouraged me to learn to be creative in the kitchen. Who has inspired you to be a better cook?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Looks nice and comforting. We have had cold days and then it warms up again. Soon it will be cool and crisp (and freeze so all my outdoor allergens will die!) and soups and stews will again grace my table=I'll keep this one in mind!

  2. This is great comfort food, cold weather simply makes food like this so delicious. Thanks so much.

  3. Oh yummy. That looks a lot like the beef stew I make. If it stays cool I see that coming on the menu soon!!

  4. a moderate life says:

    Hi Alea and thanks so much for sharing this unique beef stew recipe on the hearth and soul hop this week. I really like it because I dont care for thicker floury gravies and also I love the idea of noodles in the stew! Very cool. Alex@amoderatelife

  5. I feel cozy just reading your post. I'm inspired a little bit by everybody I meet (no joke)! Perfect stew for a cool day like today, thank you for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week =)

  6. That looks so good. We are having some cool wet weather too so I have been looking for "cool weather" food to make this week. I never thought of adding cabbage to beef stew. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I need a bowl of that wonderful stew right now. I just love that kind of dish.
    Thank you…

  8. April@The 21st Century Housewife says:

    Your stew looks delicious, Alea. Perfect for cool autumn days! I l like the brown rice noodles in it too.

  9. Alea,
    I collect recipe books and have an enormous collection but I think I have been most inspired by the Food Bloggers I have met in the last couple years. I basically changed the way we eat because of them. This stew looks right up my alley – yum!! Thanks for linking to hearth and soul hop!!

  10. Butterpoweredbike says:

    Alea! I lived with my dad when I waas a teenager, too, which meant there was a lot of Hamburger Helper. But it also forced me to push my boundaries and learn to cook, and I'll always be greatful. Thanks for sharing the memories and recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  11. now that looks pretty darn good and would be perfect for my fall menu thanks for sharing

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  13. Thank you, A facebook page is in the works, but it is not up yet.

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  16. Vitamins says:

    The cabbage completes the beef stew meal.

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