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 cup serving, only 149 calories and 2 grams of fat.  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!
Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

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 Tips
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)
153 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. fat, 18mg chol, 11g protein, 27g carbs, 3g fiber, 492mg sodium, 13g sugar
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 4-Blue
SmartPoints 4-Green

WW POINTS PLUS 4 (using ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar)

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 4-Blue
 SmartPoints 4-Green

WW POINTS PLUS 4 (using ⅓ cup brown sugar and 12 packages sugar substitute or ⅓ cup brown sugar + 1 TBSP
SKINNY FACTS: for 2 cup serving
149 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. fat, 18mg chol, 11g protein, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 492mg sodium, 11g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints (2 cup serving)
100 calories, 1g sat. fat, 9g protein, 9g sugar


Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 11
Calories 149 kcal


  • 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
  • cup brown sugar, see substitution tip below
  • 12 packages of Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute, see substitution tip below
  • cup cider vinegar
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste


  • Brown beef in a large nonstick pan. Pour into colander and drain all fat.
  • 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.
  • To serve: Ladle 2 cups into each soup bowl.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 11gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 492mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gBlue Smart Points: 4Green Smart Points: 4Plus Points: 4
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