Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. If you were hoping to celebrate with corned beef and cabbage but don’t have the time for the slow cooking the corn beef, this soup is for you.

Today’s recipe has all the flavors of an Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage but in a soup. And it’s ready in only 15 minutes, which is way quicker than the typical Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.

A quick and easy corned beef and cabbage recipe for St. Patrick's Day or any busy weeknight.

This recipe calls for a bag of pre-shredded cole slaw cabbage so you don’t have to core and chop it up yourself yourself. Another great thing about the cole slaw cabbage is that it’s nice and thin so that it cooks quickly.

You might remember that I’ve used this bagged cabbage before when shared my recipe for Healthy Cabbage Soup with Caraway Seeds.

Quick Cabbage Soup

That soup was a vegetarian one and caraway seeds really gave it a boost of flavor. Today’s recipe is not vegetarian and it gets its blast of flavor from corned beef.

15-Minute Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup Recipe

When shopping for the corned beef, don’t go to the raw meat section for a corned beef brisket. Those take too long to cook. Instead head to the deli counter. Ask for a chunk of corned beef, not sliced corned beef. That way you can cube it, which is perfect for  soup.

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

When looking for quick and easy ingredients to make soup, you can always consider getting meat from the deli counter. Hams, chicken breast, turkey breast, even salami and bologna. All of these will add salty meaty flavor quickly to your soup. But just remember to ask for a piece or chunk of lunch meat, not for it already sliced or shaved. Then dice or cube away.

For more tips on making soups delicious quickly and to see all of my SOUPin15 recipes, head over here.

Here’s my 15-Minute Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup:

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings


All the flavors of a traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner but in a quick soup. To get this soup ready in under 15 minutes first read it through. As you read gather together all of the tools, pots and ingredients that you’ll need. No need to do any prep of the ingredients though. All of the preparations are included in the instructions and are part of the 15 minute recipe time. See you in 15! (Yield 10 cups)


  • 1 Tbsp. neutral oil (such as vegetable or grape seed)
  • 1 (16 oz.) bag shredded cabbage (usually used for making coleslaw)
  • 2 cups carrot matchsticks (sometimes sold as shredded carrots)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 medium baking potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper
  • 6 cups low or no-sodium chicken broth
  • a 1 lb. piece of deli corned beef


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the shredded cabbage, stir and then cover the pot. Roughly chop the carrot matchsticks and add them to the pot. Cover. Peel and chop the onion. Add it to the pot, stir and cover.
  2. Put the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and prick them each a few times with a fork. Put them in the microwave for 3 minutes. Flip them over and microwave until fork tender, about 1-2 more minutes.
  3. While the potatoes cook, mince the garlic. Add it to the cabbage along with the allspice, dry mustard, salt, pepper. Stir. Add the chicken broth. Cover and increase the heat to high.
  4. Chop the corned been into 1/2-inch chunks. Use an oven mitt to get the potatoes out of the microwave and chop them into 1/2-inch pieces. When the chicken broth reaches a boil, add the corned beef and potatoes and reduce heat to a high simmer. Cook stirring occasionally until the veggies are tender, 2-3 minutes more.

Quick Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe


Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup


8 responses to “Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup”

  1. Traci S says:

    I just made this.We only had a little to try it out, and we loved it! I’m going to reheat it for dinner and add a grilled swiss cheese sandwhich. Deffintly a keeper!

  2. Carrie Hon says:

    Just made this, and loved it!! My son also loved it!! Will definitely make it again and again!

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  4. I could live off this soup!

  5. This is my kind of dinner, so delicious!!

  6. Jenny Flake says:

    What a great looking soup!  Love these flavors!!

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