French Cabbage Soup | The Cupboard Recipe Book

This hearty French Soup recipe was given to my mom by her grandmother, Dorothy Possley, who we fondly called Bono. I can’t honestly say where or what originated the Bono name, and in fact I didn’t even know her last name until I started republishing The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book. She was always and lovingly just Bono; and she was a wonderful lady who moved to Aurora Illinois as a little girl after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

I also want to dedicate this particular recipe to a fellow Hubber Pinkmingos who sent me a picture today of the snow at her house. This is a great thick and hearty soup that is perfect for the cold winter weather; in fact you may want to eat this with a fork. So for those digging themselves out, and those who are going to have to this weekend. This one’s for you! Do Enjoy!!

Friday 29 Jan Somewhere in Tennesse
Friday 29 Jan Somewhere in Tennesse

1 can (46oz) Tomato Juice, or V-8, or 2 cans (16oz) Tomatoes

1 pkg, Onion Soup Mix (IF you use the canned tomatoes instead of Tomatoe juice, you will need to add from 2-4 cups of water depending on how thick and zesty you want the soup)

1 lb Ground Beef

1 large Celery Stalk, thinly sliced

½ head medium Cabbage, cored and shredded

½ large green Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped

4 Carrots, peeled and medium sliced

4 medium Potatoes peeled and medium diced

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a Dutch Oven over medium-high heat, brown the Ground Beef. Drain off the fat, if necessary; otherwise leave the juice, (I pour off half to two thirds)
  2. Add the Tomato Juice (or tomato ingredient), Onion Soup mix, celery and cabbage. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the green Pepper, Carrots, Potatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer, covered another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

Yield 8 Servings

More by this Author


23 comments

amulets profile image

amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

You always make me feel hungry. It is great to know new recipe so I can ask my mom to cook. Thanks for sharing!


tantrum profile image

tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

It sounds great ! but not for now. Summer here and about 38 degrees ! LOL :)


suziecat7 profile image

suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I've got all these ingredients in the house and it's snowing here so I think I'll make some. Thanks.


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Suzie Thanks for stopping by and let us know how ya like it,,,,Do Enjoy!


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

amulets- I hope your Mum doesn't get mad at me for keeping her so busy!! Do Enjoy!

Tantrum - All things in there time!! Do Enjoy when it is yours...LOL :D


Dame Scribe profile image

Dame Scribe 6 years ago from Canada

I love those kind of food dishes. Prep and into the oven n off to other things, lol. The smell would be cause quite the foaming at the mouth too. Great dish idea!


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Dame Scribe - I thank you for stopping by and glad to be of service, Do Enjoy!!


trish1048 profile image

trish1048 6 years ago

Darn! I have everything but the celery and cabbage, and it's too darn cold, 19 degrees, to venture out for it. It will certainly go on my shopping list so I can try this delicious sounding soup :)


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Trish - Always next time winter's got a ways to go yet eh; When you get the chance.....Do Enjoy!!


eovery profile image

eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I know where there are a lot of great recipes on line.

Keep on hubbing!


prasetio30 profile image

prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I like soup very much. The weather in country is rainy. I think it good to try your recipes. It sound delicious. Thanks...


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

prasetio - I hope you do and let us know how you liked it...Do Enjoy!!


Pink Mingos profile image

Pink Mingos 6 years ago from Mars

aww thanks, Hmrjmr1! That's awesome :)

I just laid out ground beef to make this tonight. It's a great recipe because all of the ingredients are usually on hand. My dad use to make something similar and we even had it in the warm months.

We ended up getting about 4 more inches of snow last week and the kids just went back to school today, (yeah, an entire week).. but the reason was because it never got warm enough to melt, just enough to turn it to a slush that formed solid ice when it went back down to 12 degrees! The weather man said more is coming so I just might double up that recipe!


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

PM - Do Enjoy! O muse o Mine!!


breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Hmrjmr,

I am right now making the French Cabbage Soup...Help, what do I do with the onion soup?You don't refer to it in the body of the recipe.


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Add it in with the tomato juice OOps Sorry!! Typo!


breakfastpop 6 years ago

With water?


breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Hmrjmr,

I made the soup and added 4 cups of water to the onion soup and extra tomatoes and it was fantastic. Thank you so much.


Isabelle22 profile image

Isabelle22 6 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

I love recipes especially those passed down in the family. Did I mention I love cabbage too? :)


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Isabelle - Thanks for stopping by and did I mention that I'm single as well? :) Do Enjoy!!


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

To all - The Recipe has been updated to account for the extra water you'll need if you use the canned tomato option in the recipe, Do Enjoy!!


loveofnight profile image

loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i am so in love right now, where was this recipe during the blizzard in maryland. non-the-less i will be making this very soon, i have everything but the carrots.......thx 4 share


Hmrjmr1 profile image

Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Glad you found it LON Do Enjoy!!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working