Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe (video)

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Cabbage Roll Soup is the perfect way to enjoy cabbage rolls without all of the work!

Cabbage, beef, pork and rice are simmered in a flavorful tomato broth for the ultimate bowl of comfort food.

We love to serve this easy recipe with a fresh side salad and some homemade Dinner Rolls for a meal that everyone absolutely LOVES!!

Cabbage Roll Soup in white bowls

Growing up with a Polish grandmother dishes like Easy Cabbage Rolls and Cabbage and Noodles were staples on her table!  Good easy simple comfort food!

I know you guys love this recipe just as much as I do because every time I post it Cabbage Roll Soup on Facebook, it goes crazy!

There are tons of great ways to prepare cabbage rolls (including as a Cabbage Roll Casserole which can also be made in the slow cooker)! As much as I love traditional cabbage rolls, I also love a good ol’ belly warming bowl of soup!

This Cabbage Roll Soup recipe was adapted from my favorite cabbage rolls to create a quick and easy meal without all of the work! We just simply add it to the pot and walk away, no rolling required!

How to Make Cabbage Roll Soup

My grandmother always made cabbage rolls with a mixture of pork ground pork and ground beef which is what I use i this recipe.  I sometimes make this cabbage roll soup with bacon as well, I love the smoky flavor it adds (and I just fry it with the rice). If you just have one or the other that will still work perfectly (I’ve also substituted ground turkey before with delicious results too).

Just brown your meat, throw everything in the pot and let it simmer (no need to precook your rice)!  The result is a rich and hearty soup loaded with cabbage, meat & rice; perfect for a winter or fall evening!  This soup comes out very thick, almost stew-like, if you prefer a more soupy consistency, you can add more broth.
We serve this up with a side of or Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and a tossed salad for a quick weeknight meal!  Like most soups and stews, the leftovers (should you be lucky enough to have any!) are amazing!

Can You Freeze Cabbage Roll Soup?

Yes, absolutely if you have leftovers, this soup freezes perfectly.  We place them into freezer bags in individual portions and place them on a cookie sheet to freeze.  Once frozen we stack them in the freezer making an easy individual lunch!

Cabbage Roll Soup in white bowls
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Review Recipe

Cabbage Roll Soup

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Cabbage, beef, pork and rice are simmered in a flavorful tomato broth for the ultimate bowl of comfort food.


  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • ¾ cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 medium head cabbage chopped (core removed)
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 ½ cups V8 or other vegetable juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste

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  • In a large pot, brown onion, garlic, pork and beef. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in chopped cabbage and let cook until slightly softened (about 3 minutes).
  • Add all remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and reduced heat to medium low. Cover and simmer on low until rice is fully cooked (about 25-30 minutes)
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a thinner soup, add more beef broth to reach desired consistency once rice is cooked.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 291, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 794mg, Potassium: 917mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 795IU, Vitamin C: 67.3mg, Calcium: 113mg, Iron: 3.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword cabbage roll soup, cabbage soup
Course Soup
Cuisine American

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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