The perfect, quick weeknight dinner recipe, this delicious Sweet and Sour Beef Cabbage Soup is not only super easy to prepare in a pinch, you get a whole 2 cup serving for just 5 Points!

And it’s nice to enjoy such a satisfying dish without using up so many Weight Watchers Points, so that means there’s room for dessert :).

Bulked up with veggies, trimmed down with extra lean beef, and drowning in a tangy, sweet & sour broth, this soup is oh so flavorful and very filling. With the winter weather really kicking in, this hot and hearty soup is a great low calorie meal idea!

Sweet and Sour Beef Cabbage Soup Recipe

Healthy, hearty, and incredibly flavorful, this tasty Sweet and Sour Beef Cabbage Soup Recipe gets a lot of bang for its buck. Each 2 cup serving has just 5 Points, making it a very satisfying meal without using up too many Points.


  • 1 lb extra lean (94% or leaner) ground beef
  • 6 cups fat free beef broth
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped Savoy, or green cabbage
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp paprika, preferably Hungarian sweet
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Set a Dutch oven over medium heat, and add in the oil.
  2. Add beef and caraway seeds and and cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a spoon, until it is mostly browned, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in onion s and celery; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Stir in broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and paprika and adjust the heat so the mixture boils gently. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes to blend the flavors.
  5. Stir in cabbage, vinegar and salt & pepper and cook just until barely tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: Russian

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 2 cups
Each serving = 5 Points

PER SERVING: 198 calories; 3 g fat; 20 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 4 g fiber


  1. I think I’d probably like some of your recipes — but I can’t read them. Has anyone else mentioned this? The striped background just doesn’t work for me. No offense, but thought you might want to know.

  2. Amy San Juan

    The entire family loved this – I was definitely full after a bowl and this is still my first week of WW. I had points to spare so I topped with about 1/2 an oz of Parmesan cheese – was definitely delicious and will be added to our rotation.

  3. Shellster

    By the way, I did make this tonight and it was delicious! I added 2 tablespoons of chili powder and a teaspoon of onion powder towards the end to give it a little more flavor. Great recipe!

  4. Shellster

    If this is following the OLD WW points program, it would only be worth 3 points per serving. The formula is 50 calories = 1 point, add 1 point per 4 grams of fat, subtract another per 4 grams of fiber. So 4 points for the 198 calories, subtract a point for the fiber.

  5. Loved this soup! Used ground turkey and it’s still great. Next day is even better! Yum

  6. I just made this tonight for my family and YUM!  Thank you for the recipe!