Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup


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Love corned beef and cabbage? Try this creamy corned beef and cabbage soup ASAP! So much flavor in the broth.

St. Patrick’s day is a perfect excuse for decadent corned beef recipes. We also love Reuben Dip, Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage and Colcannon Potatoes too.

creamy corned beef and cabbage soup in slow cooker

I love the traditional corned beef and cabbage meal so much until I tried this! This soup has so much flavor, the meat is more tender than on it’s own with cabbage and potatoes on the side. You will not regret making this soup!

4 pieces of corned beef in slow cooker with veggies and spices on side

How to make Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

  1. Rinse the corned beef well, cut into 4 large pieces. Add the corned beef and potatoes to the slow cooker
  2. Add carrots.
  3. Next add cabbage and onion.
  4. Add butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over chicken or beef broth.
4 step collage on how to add veggies to corned beef and cabbage soup
  • Cook this for 4.5 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on low.
  • Shred the meat with two forks, discard any fat. Add the meat to the slow cooker. You can cube the meat instead of shredding if desired.
  • Add heavy cream, stir and serve!
2 photo collage of corned beef soup, one with heavy cream added

Can I use leftover corned beef instead of fresh?

  • If you have lots of leftover corned beef you can add it to this recipe instead of fresh.
  • Shred or cube your corned beef and add it during the last hour of cooking.
finished cooking corned beef and cabbage soup in a slow cooker

Do I have to add the butter or cream?

  • Both butter and cream go great with this dish to flavor the broth, and vegetables.
  • Though, you can the butter or cream out if you want to cut down on calories and the soup will still be great, just less creamy.
scoop of corned beef and cabbage soup coming from slow cooker

More St. Patrick’s Day Style recipes for your slow cooker:

bowl of corned beef and cabbage soup

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close up of corned beef and cabbage soup, done cooking

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

4.42 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Easy corned beef and cabbage soup made in the slow cooker with a touch of cream

Ingredients  

  • 2 lbs. raw corned beef well (I use flat cut), cut into four large pieces
  • 1.5 lbs. russet potatoes, diced (about 3 small potatoes, skins left on)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, sliced or cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups broth, chicken or beef (I use chicken, it has a milder flavor)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions 

  • Rinse the corned beef. Cut into 4 large pieces.
  • Add the corned beef pieces into the slow cooker.
  • First, place corned beef fat side down in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, cabbage (make sure to not add too much cabbage or the lid won't close), onion slices, butter, minced garlic, pepper, celery, and salt.
  • Pour the broth into the slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4.5 hours.
  • Take corned beef out of the slow cooker. Remove the fat and discard. Shred corned beef and return to the slow cooker. You can cut and cube the meat instead of shredding if you want smaller pieces.
  • Pour in heavy whipping cream and stir to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

Can I add the seasoning packet that came with my corned beef?
Yes, you can. If you don’t mind larger seasonings in your soup, go ahead and add it. I decided I liked the soup without the packet and did not add.
Can I use cooked leftover corned beef instead of raw?
  • If you have lots of leftover corned beef you can add it to this recipe instead of fresh.
  • Shred or cube your corned beef and add it during the last hour of cooking.
Do I have to add the butter and cream?
  • Both butter and cream go great with this dish to flavor the broth, and vegetables.
  • Though, you can the butter or cream out if you want to cut down on calories and the soup will still be great, just less creamy.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1707mg | Potassium: 711mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2917IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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35 Comments

  1. Ronda says:

    Hi, I am making this and wondering if I should trim some of the fat off the corn beef before putting it into the slower cooker?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You can if you want since you are cutting it anyways, will make for a less greasy soup.

  2. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    This soup does not disappoint! I was skeptical about adding the cream and the soup is fine without it but what a lovely addition. It made for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day feast. I served it with a rustic Italian bread which was perfect for dipping in the creamy broth. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  3. Amber B. says:

    5 stars
    This turned out great! Made exactly as written except in lieu of the seasoning packet, I added 2 TBSP of whole grain dijon mustard at the end while adjusting for seasoning. Keeper and will make again next year. Thanks!

    1. Amber B. says:

      5 stars
      Just circling back around to say I made this again today! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  4. RubyRuth says:

    5 stars
    I tried the soup recipe and it was awesome. I LOVED it and so did my husband.

  5. Judy Davis says:

    5 stars
    This soup is so good. I wasn’t certain how it would turn and am so happy with the results.

  6. Jonni says:
    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, that’s the right one.

  7. Dodie says:

    5 stars
    Loved this soup! Will be in my rotation!

  8. Mary J Miller says:

    on the corned beef and cabbage soup do you add the corned beef spices to the soup when first assembling the ingredients?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You can, but beware some of those spices can be too big for a soup.

    2. Cyndi says:

      I took the spice packet that came with corned beef and put it in a cheesecloth satchel and removed it at the end of cooking before adding cream.

  9. Lucy Mainprize says:

    Hello,
    I am unable to buy fresh raw corned beef for your soup (I’m from the UK and none of the local butchers have raw corned beef) so I was wondering if tinned corned beef would be an good substitute?
    I sooo want to make this soup!! It looks delicious
    Kind regards

    1. Anonymous says:

      Did you look in the packaged meat section of your grocery store? Corned beef is in a sealed package with the seasonings so I’m not sure if a bitcher would carry it. I haven’t tried this soup but im.making it tomorrow. The only real difference with canned corn beef is its already cooked so you’d just have to make your soup different by not adding the meat to the slow cooker and not needing to cook it for to long because it will fall apart. So it would really just need to be warmed. Worth a try

  10. Edith Bailey says:

    Delicious simple to make