Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup



This deli-style soup is soooo low in calories, easy to make and really delicious!!  If you’ve never tried this type of soup you’re in for a treat.  To make it skinny, I used lean ground beef instead of fatty short rib meat.  In addition, to cut the normal amount of sugar way down, I’ve used a combination of brown sugar and a sugar substitute.  The skinny for a generous 2 cups serving, only 157 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  It makes a huge pot but you can easily cut the recipe in half or freeze the leftovers for many meals in the future. This main course soup is hearty enough for dinner so all you’ll need to serve with it is a simple salad. I love this soup and hope you decide to try it!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes


1 pound (96%) extra lean ground beef, see shopping tip

6 cups water

4 cup reduced-sodium beef stock or beef broth

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained

1 medium head cabbage, sliced into 1-inch slices

2 cups onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

¾ cup ketchup

⅓ cup brown sugar, substitution tip below

12 packages of Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute, see substitution tip below

⅓ cup cider vinegar

Fresh ground pepper to taste


1. Brown beef in a large nonstick pan. Pour into colander and drain all fat.

2. In a large soup pot, add all ingredients including browned beef.  Bring up to a boil.  Cover and turn heat down to simmer for 30 minutes.

3. To serve: Ladle 2 cups into each soup bowl.

Makes 22 cups (11 servings) each serving, 2 cups


Healthy Benefits
Cabbage is a nutrient dense, low calorie, food that provides an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, B6, biotin, calcium, and a respectable amount of fiber. In addition, studies have shown that cabbage has anticancer benefits.

Cooked tomatoes contain lycopene. This carotenoid is found in tomatoes (and everything made from them) has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.

Carrots have been renowned for their health benefits. They’re just about the best source of vitamin A.

Shopping Tip

Happily most supermarkets sell lean ground beef. I used the 96% lean ground beef from Trader Joe’s. In addition, you cut the fat even further when draining the fat after browning!


Substitution Tip
I’ve called for using both brown sugar and some kind of sugar substitute to keep the calories and sugars down in this recipe.  If you want to use only brown sugar, increase from ⅓ cup to ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
Skinny Facts: using all brown sugar (¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon of brown sugar)
194 calories, 2g fat, 12g protein, 35g carbs, 503mg sodium, 25g sugar

Weight Watchers (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5 (using ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar)

Weight Watchers
(old points) 3

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4 (using ⅓ cup brown sugar and 12 packages sugar substitute)

SKINNY FACTS: for a 2 cup serving
157 calories, 2g fat, 12g protein, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 499mg sodium, 15g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 2 cups deli sweet and sour cabbage soup
362 calories, 25g fat, 12g protein, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 1059mg sodium, 20g sugar

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33 Responses to “Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup”

  1. Lyn Cloen Says:

    Can I leave out or use something else besides a sugar substitute? I have a real aversion to the taste.
    Does the soup get that “aftertaste”? Thanks!

  2. admin Says:

    Lyn I used Truvia (Stevia) and found that when you mix it with some sugar too there is no aftertaste at all. You can buy Truvia in most supermarkets in the baking section. But, if you still don’t want to use it, just add more sugar. Start with a little and then taste. If the soup still isn’t sweet enough, add a little more.
    I hope this recipe works for you. It’s really delicious.
    With best wishes,

  3. Jennifer Says:

    This looks yummy! Please share this at Weekend Kitchen Creations, Join us, share your delicious creation and get other scrumptious ideas.

  4. Miz Helen Says:

    We are going to love your Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup, just perfect for a cold winter day. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Diane Balch Says:

    Cabbage is such a healthy tasty way to keep the calories down in a meal. Great looking soup. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  6. admin Says:

    I hope you like it! Thanks for another fun link party, Miz Helen.
    Enjoy your Sunday,

  7. admin Says:

    Jenny, thanks so much for the invite! I’ll stop by to share.
    Best wishes,

  8. Ericka Says:

    This soup sounds healthy and wonderful! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  9. admin Says:

    My pleasure Ericka…Thanks for hosting!

  10. Mary Says:

    How would you convert this to a crockpot recipe?

  11. admin Says:

    Mary, after you brown the beef and drain it, place all the ingredients in the crock pot. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours until vegetables are tender.
    With best regards,

  12. Mary Says:

    This smells so good. Did a taste test and it is yummy!

  13. admin Says:

    Oh great Mary. Enjoy every spoonful!
    With my best regards,

  14. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} Says:

    I LOVE this recipe… especially since I’ve just recently lost 50 pounds 🙂

    So glad you shared it last weekend at The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope you’ve had a great week so far 🙂


  15. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Shauna! I love sharing each week at your link party. And, congratulations on your weight loss! That’s amazing…
    Best of luck to you,

  16. lisa Says:

    I could not get past the ketchup taste 🙁 I have used your recipes for two weeks now and this one was too different for me 🙂

  17. admin Says:

    So sorry you didn’t enjoy this one Lisa. But, I’m thrilled so many of my recipes have worked for you!
    With best wishes,

  18. Nina Says:

    Many years ago, I OD’d on some cabbage soup diet & ever since have had the most difficult time with these kinds of vegetable soups. I absolutely love this recipe!! I followed exactly except I only used 6 pkts of Splenda. Such a good, filling soup for few points. Wonderful with a crusty sourdough roll. Thank you!!

  19. admin Says:

    Thanks for your terrific feedback Nina! I’m thrilled you loved my cabbage soup recipe. I remember the “Cabbage Soup Diet!” I haven’t heard that mentioned in years.
    With my best wishes,

  20. Lynda Says:

    Would substituting ground turkey for the ground beef throw off the flavor? I have a few packages in the freezer that I got on sale a few weeks ago. Thanks 🙂

  21. admin Says:

    Not at all Lynda. I’ve made this recipe with ground turkey too.
    My best wishes,

  22. Susan Says:

    I buy Splenda and/or Stevia in the Raw in bulk. How much is in a packet to know how many teaspoons to use?

  23. admin Says:

    Susan, I package Trevia (Stevia) has about 3/4 teaspoon.
    I hope you really enjoy this soup. Perfect to make this weekend!
    My best wishes,

  24. Susan Says:

    So 3T of Stevia.

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    Thank you so much for including my Sensational Skinny Reuben Soup in your collection! What an impressive group of soups you’ve gathered!
    With my best wishes,

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    Thank you so much for including my Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup recipe in your delicious collection of skinny soups!
    With my very best wishes,

  30. Sonya Boyter Says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Sonya from group 31

  31. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Sonya. Enjoy!

  32. Ann Says:

    I left out the ketchup and added a small can of tomato sauce.

  33. admin Says:

    I haven’t tried it made that way but I bet it still tasted yummy Ann. Thanks for sharing!

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