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Creamy Unstuffed Cabbage Stew

Colder temps call for warm and hearty foods! However, if you are like us, you want to have some comfort foods that are still healthy and nutritious that you can rely on! Our Creamy Unstuffed Cabbage stew is that dish! It is so satisfying yet completely guilt free at about 400 calories for a big bowl!

Creamy, tasty cabbage stew
Creamy Unstuffed Cabbage Stew

You can go to the gym and come home to a nice bowl of this stew and not feel like you just ruined your hard workout. Or, eat a bowl and still feel good enough to go workout.

It’s the perfect time of year to prepare this soup. Eat it leading up to a big holiday meal or after those new year resolution goals are set. Or if your tradition is to eat cabbage on New Year's Day, eat it then! Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, we like our seasonings and cabbage needs all the seasonings!

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Creamy Unstuffed Cabbage Stew

Serves: 7

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Approximately 391 calories per serving!


  • 2 lbs lean, 93/7 ground beef

  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery

  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrots

  • ½ cup finely chopped bell peppers, whichever you prefer

  • 2 TBS minced garlic

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • ½ cup plus 3 TBS taco seasoning

  • 2 TBS chili powder

  • ½ tsp oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 TBS tomato paste

  • 3- 10 oz cans tomatoes with green chilies

  • 1- 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes

  • 4-5 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable broth

  • 16 cups chopped green cabbage, about 1 small green cabbage

  • 1-8 oz. block cream cheese

Pre Prep:

Wash and chop vegetables. Measure ingredients.


In a large heavy bottom pot, cook ground beef, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers on medium high heat. Once ground beef is cooked, drain excess grease.

Return beef and vegetables to the pot and add all remaining ingredients except for the cabbage and cream cheese. Combine ingredients and add in the cabbage and simmer on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour until cabbage is tender. You will need to stir the stew occasionally during this time to allow cabbage to cook evenly.

Healthy and hearty cabbage stew with ground beef and cream cheese
Creamy Unstuffed Cabbage Stew

Once the cabbage is tender, stir in the cream cheese until combined and serve.

You can make this stew in a crockpot. Follow the steps from above but instead of returning beef into the pot, place in your crock pot. Continue with the following steps, cooking the stew on low for approximately 2-3 hours or until cabbage is tender. Finish with adding the cream cheese within the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Healthy and hearty cabbage stew with ground beef and cream cheese
Creamy Unstuffed Cabbage Stew


  • We eat this soup for a couple of days and freeze leftovers for quick and healthy meals.

  • We like to serve with tortilla chips or cheese quesadillas! We top this stew with hot sauce, salsa, shredded cheese, and sour cream!

  • We think it could also be tasty and filling with brown rice!

  • Use your favorite taco seasoning and season to taste. You may not want to use all of the taco seasoning that this recipe calls for. Season to taste!

  • We like the stew to be thick, if you want a thinner stew, add more broth.

Let us know what you think of this recipe and what toppings you would add!

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