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.

Ingredients

  • 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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Instructions

  • 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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  1. This recipe was amazing delicious! I did eliminate the tomatoe paste because we like lots of broth. I dont like pork so I used 2 lbs of hamburger. This recipe is tops in my book. Will definitely be making this over and over. Thank you!5 stars

    1. You’re welcome Amyg! It’s a versatile recipe so I’m happy to hear that you tailored it to suit yourself!

  2. Everyone loves cabbage rolls but no one ever wants to make them. Hello cabbage roll soup. I’ve made this soup from this recipe every New Year’s Day for the last few years. Always a crowd-pleaser. I like to add a bit more tomato juice, a teaspoon of fennel seed and some red pepper flake. A great, great soup.4 stars

  3. I make cabbage roll soup for my youngest son and myself, we’re the only ones in my family that like it. He and I love it.
    I make mine different than this recipe. I use, ground beef, cabbage, onion powder (my son won’t eat onions), tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, a can of tomato soup, parsley, rice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. It’s absolutely delicious! I make it in a huge Farberware pot on top of the stove.
    I’m going to make a pot for us really soon. 5 stars

  4. The flavor was great but the cabbage was chewy.. I even simmered it for 20 extra minutes.. I would make it again but I would sauté the cabbage first and add it at the end. It would be good without the cabbage and just add extra rice.3 stars

  5. What type of pot are you using in the video? None of my pots are deep enough. I made a different version of this once I had to cut back on the cabbage because my pot was too small. I absolutely love cabbage Also do you think I can make this in a pressure cooker

    1. Hi Heidi, The pot in the video came from Costco and is no longer available. The brand is Chantal and it is a Cast Iron Dutch Oven. You can find similar Dutch Ovens here on Amazon. This recipe should work well in a 5qt or larger pot to give adequate room for stirring.

    2. I’d recommend a large stock pot for this. I like to make a huge pot, eat it for a few days and then freeze the rest.

  6. What a delicious soup. I followed the recipe as stated and added half pound of bacon, 2c sweet baby carrots whole,
    4 stocks celery diced and 2c frozen peas. In place of vegetable juice I used 2c of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix. This recipe was enjoyed by all and is a keeper!!!5 stars

  7. We love this soup. I have made it several times for us. I have also made it for shut-ins and sick relatives and friends.5 stars

  8. This was delicious! I made it with ground turkey & chicken broth because that was what I had. This recipe is a keeper. I love your recipes & share many of them on Facebook & they get re-shared all the time!5 stars

  9. This soup was phenomenal! I did make a few changes though. I wanted it meatier and spicier so I used 2.5 pounds of ground chuck and an 18 ounce package of hot Italian sausage and it was the perfect. I also added two cans of fire roasted tomatoes. I did not add the thyme or bay leaf. I will definitely be making this again.5 stars