Leftover Corned Beef Cabbage Soup

I used the leftovers from our St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner to make this skinny leftover corned beef cabbage soup.

I get such a kick out of turning leftovers into soup; transforming them into a completely different meal.

There’s something so satisfying and frugal about it.

Some of my best soups have been concocted from leftovers.

(It’s a trait I come by honestly, since my mom still talks about one of the best soups she ever made several years ago using leftover swiss steak.)

This simple, tasty leftover corned beef cabbage soup stirs together in no time, yet tastes hearty and delicious.

Since I roasted the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots this year (instead of boiling them) they were the perfect consistency (not too mushy) for turning into soup.

Skinny Leftover Corned Beef Cabbage Soup

Skinny leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

A satisfying 1-1/3 cup serving has just 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value. For a complete Irish meal, add a slice of whole wheat soda bread or an Irish soda bread muffin.

If you want to make this simple leftover corned beef cabbage soup but don’t have the leftovers, you could use a 4 ounce chunk of corned beef from the deli counter and fresh vegetables instead. They’ll just take a few minutes longer to simmer and become tender.


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Skinny Leftover Corned Beef Cabbage Soup Recipe
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All the flavors of corned beef and cabbage in a deliciously simple leftover corned beef cabbage soup
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ large onion, chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chopped cooked cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped cooked potatoes
  • ½ cup chopped cooked carrots
  • 4 ounces cooked lean corned beef, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup Irish Ale (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon savory
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (optional)
  1. In a large soup pot heat the oil over medium low. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring often, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, stirring often.
  3. Add the chopped cooked cabbage, potatoes, carrots, corned beef, chicken broth, ale (if using), savory and thyme.
  4. Stir everything together and bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend.
  5. Stir in parsley, if using and serve.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional estimates per serving (1-1/3 cups): 119 calories, 3.1 g fat, 11.2 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 8.5 g protein and 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value I liked this soup a lot. Next time I may experiment with using a little allspice (1/4 teaspoon) to season the soup instead of the savory and thyme. I'm also curious to experiment with adding some pickling spice blend or corned beef spice blend available at Penzeys.


If you liked leftover corned beef cabbage soup you might also like:

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe
New England Fish Chowder Recipe
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

*PointsPlus® for leftover corned beef cabbage soup calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. says

    Martha, this looks wonderful. I love hoe you’ve improved the recipe and made it more healthy. I hope you have a great day. I hope to see you next week for Elizabeth Andoh. Have a great weekend.Blessings…MAry

  2. Karen Kelleher says

    I just made this tonight and it was hearty and lovely, only thing i did different is i did not use any olive oil.I just threw it all in the pot! .. (I didn’t use any savory either, because i don’t know what that is so I am certain I did not have any.) Served with hot crusty french bread and butter, deliciousness in a bowl!

    • says


      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment! I really appreciate it. This soup’s deliciousness surprised me the first time we had it. Now it’s my favorite way to use up leftover corned beef.

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