Cabbage Soup Recipe [Keto & Low Carb]

A cabbage soup recipe? I know what you’re thinking: why would she put that on her food blog? It’s not fancy, it’s nearly impossible to make it look pretty, and most people with basic cooking skills could probably just throw this together without a recipe.

Here’s why: keto doesn’t have to be complicated.

(And also, cabbage soup is delicious. So there’s that. If you haven’t had it, jump straight to the recipe and just do it. Sorry, Nike.)

I love sharing some of the more basic things I regularly whip up in my kitchen to show you that the keto diet doesn’t require any fancy pants ingredients or tools. All you need is real food. You can pick that up anywhere! Your local grocery store, butcher, or farm are great places to start.

You don’t have to reinvent keto versions of high carb foods to do the keto diet. After typing it out, it seems a bit silly to even say it. But I’m hoping something as simple as a cabbage soup recipe will help bring that point to light.

Cabbage Soup Recipe Keto

I’m just always surprised by how many people start this way of eating, search for recipes and come to the conclusion that they need to spend all of their time in the kitchen crafting ketofied versions of the junk they were eating before trying to get healthy. Or think the things required to do this diet come from specialty stores or have to be special ordered online.

Yes, there are keto versions of just about everything you can think of. But you don’t need to overcomplicate everything in the name of keto. You don’t need fancy sweeteners or flours.

Cabbage Soup Recipe Keto

I’m guilty of posting keto versions of the stuff we all miss and crave at one point or another. My fathead pizza rolls and keto chocolates are a couple of my most popular recipes. But they aren’t the foods I eat on a regular basis or what I would recommend to people struggling to figure out how to get started, wrap their head around macros, or figure out what you can eat on the keto diet. These are special sometimes treats and fun cooking projects for people with ketogenic dietary restrictions; not daily diet fare.

In fact, some might even call it a bait and switch. Lure you in with fancy treats only to deliver the following message: 

You don’t have to ketofy everything to do the keto diet.

I’m afraid my cabbage soup recipe may have turned into a rant. Oops! If you’re interested in learning more about starting keto on the right foot, be sure to check out my free Hello Keto course. There’s only a little ranting, pinky promise.

Back to the soup!

We eat cabbage and beef soup at my house all. The. Damn. Time.

For the people wondering what I actually eat day-to-day, this is it right here. When the weather is chilly, there is nothing more satisfying than a big hot bowl of cabbage soup with beef. This meal really embodies my daily approach to cooking: simple as can be.

Basic ingredients. Simple, straightforward ingredients that taste amazing and easy to find at your local grocery store.

Easy. If you can chop and turn a burner on, you got this. My partner who “doesn’t know how to cook” fixes this for our family all the time. Hand to heart, if he can do it so can you.

Meal prep godsend. Whip up a batch of this soup and you have lunch and dinner covered for days. My family usually eats cabbage soup for dinner and I take some to work for lunch the next day. There’s still a few servings leftover to pop in the freezer for when the thought of being in the kitchen pains me. I love to cook, but we all have those days don’t we?

Satisfying and keto friendly. The ingredients used for this soup are low in carbs with a healthy balance of fat and protein. It’s a really filling, comforting meal, that doesn’t feel restrictive. It’s also insanely delicious. Healthy without sacrificing flavor, for the win!

Electrolytes. The stuff plants crave! Electrolytes are actually a pretty big deal when you’re on a ketogenic diet. They can make or break your entire day. Low electrolytes can be the culprit for fatigue, headaches, muscle spasms, and nausea. If you are experiencing the dreaded “keto flu”, have a migraine that just won’t let up or getting leg cramps, throw an extra bouillon cube (or two!) in the pot. Sodium is your friend on keto and this cabbage soup recipe just might turn your day around.

Cabbage Soup Recipe

I use my Instant Pot (one of the coolest kitchen gadgets ever!) and prep everything all in one pot. Just brown the meat on the saute function, then cook the soup under high pressure for 15 minutes using quick release. You can simmer the cabbage soup in a stock pot for 30 minutes with very similar results and no fancy tools.

Cabbage Soup Recipe [Keto & Low Carb]

Yields 8 - 10 Servings

5 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 2 pounds Ground Beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 large head cabbage, chopped
  • 4 bouillon cubes
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Brown ground beef over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  2. Transfer ground beef and onion mixture to stock pot.
  3. Add garlic, cumin, cabbage, bouillon cubes, Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies, and water to the stock pot.
  4. Mix ingredients thoroughly and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 30 - 45 minutes.

IngredientsTotal Carbs (g)Fiber (g)Net Carbs (g)Protein (g)Fat (g)Calories
Ground Beef, 90% lean (2 lbs/904g)000180.8901591
Rotel, 1 can (10 oz)12.52.5102.5062.5
Garlic, 1 clove (3.75g)0.500.5003
Onion, 1/4 of whole large (37.5g)
Beef Buillon Cubes, 4 cubes (14g)4040020
Cabbage, 1 Large Head (1248g)72.3831.241.1815.971.25312
Cumin, 1 tsp (28g)000000
Salt and Pepper, to taste000000
Water, 4 cups000000
Whole Recipe92.8834.358.58199.6891.292003.5
1/8 of recipe11.614.28757.322524.9611.41125250.4375
1/10 of recipe9.2883.435.85819.9689.129200.35

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Cabbage and Beef Soup Recipe - Low Carb & Keto

Cabbage Soup Recipe Keto

Hey babe! I’m Tasha, the founder of Ketogasm. When I’m not in the kitchen crafting low carb recipes and geeking out on nutritional science, I help women transition to a ketogenic lifestyle. Whether you are healing with food or transforming that beautiful body of yours, I hope you find the resources on this site to be helpful on your journey!


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  • Hi. Looks good and I will definitely be trying this. I make a non-Keto version that is similar and I love it! I love anything with cabbage. I think you may have a typo in the recipe -- Ground Beef says 90% FAT -- but I noticed later it is 90% LEAN in the directions section. We ketos love our fat, but 90% might be a tad high :)
  • Similar to what I eat everyday as well. I saute shredded cabbage, scallions and mushrooms in avocado oil till soft. Fry up a patty's work of organic ground turkey, and throw it all together with a sliced avocados and a Tabasco sauce. I could eat this EVERYDAY!! And this recipe just confirms I've finally found the right diet for me. I'm weary on our food industry and dairy in particulary, so just eating a ton of bacon, cheese, and sour cream is really not what I'm in to. My diet is a lot more plant based with grass fed meat (expensive but worth it) so I really do appreciate this site for giving me food ideas. Thanks a ton! KetoPower!
  • This soup is great! We love spicy food at our house so we swapped the hamburger for Cajun smoked sausage. It was 0 carb and 0 sugar so we just threw it in the pot and that's some good stuff!
  • Good recipe. But I think it should've been pointed out that this recipe isn't quite keto by itself due to the high amount of protein. You need more than 60% of calories to be from fat to maintain ketosis, and this recipe only has 40%. This will likely lead to gluconeogenesis (the protein being turned into glucose). That being said, it's still a good recipe, and could be keto if combined with other foods, like some avocado.
    • Hey Eli! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Not all of the recipes I develop are high in fat and *none* of the recipes have been developed with any kind of ratios/percentages, the macronutrient data provided is all based in grams. I offer a variety of recipes with variable fat content, some low and some high. There are a ton of approaches to nutritional ketosis and I hope to offer a little something for everyone. I personally adhere to the Volek and Phinney definition of nutritional ketosis (The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living is such an awesome read if you haven't checked it out) - limit carbs, adequate amount of protein to support lean body mass, and fat is a variable that you can lower to create a calorie deficit and increase to eat maintenance level calories. Common misconception that everything needs to have a high fat content to be keto. Here is an interview with Dr. Phinney that might be of interest - around 06:40 to like 9 minutes in they discuss fat intake during weight loss versus weight maintenance. I also created a little video a while back to illustrate: Hope that helps clarify why you may see lower fat on my site. For further reading, here's a couple great articles written by low carb, keto nutritionist Amy Berger re: fat intake/higher protein with a ketogenic diet and medically therapeutic ratios for people that don't really need em. Super informative! Keto Train to Crazy Town and How to Cut Fat on Keto Have a good weekend! :)

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