Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup is a simple twist on traditional Cabbage Rolls, a family favorite for years!
Cabbage, onion, beef and bacon all tenderly prepared in a rich beef and tomato broth, slowly simmered in your crock pot.
This creates a nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your belly from the inside out!
This is going to be your new family favorite meal!
Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
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I absolutely LOVE a good soup recipe.
Soups are a great way to incorporate so many delicious flavors into one bowl.
They’re easy to make and inexpensive, there’s good reason my Easy Hamburger Soup recipe is one of my most popular recipes on Facebook!
Just like Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup contains several servings of veggies along with lean protein all simmered to perfection.
We serve this alongside homemade Dinner Rolls for a meal that my family requests over and over again!
Growing up with Polish grandparents, cabbage rolls were a staple in our family for both family gatherings and Sunday dinner. It was always one of my favorite things!
Traditional cabbage rolls are time consuming – between preparing the filling, cooking the cabbage till tender and then there is the labour rolling them – whew!
Of course we make Cabbage Roll Casserole which is the lazy cabbage roll version with no rolling required.
As much as I love cabbage rolls (and unstuffed cabbage roll casserole), there really is nothing better than coming home to a meal ready to eat.
This Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup is the answer to rushed meal prep on busy weeknights!
Simply prepare your ingredients the evening before and quickly toss them into the crockpot before leaving the house for school or work or carrying on with your errands, soccer practice and swim lessons.
Dinner is ready when you are!
Easy Substitutions in Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
- Ground Beef: You can substitute sausage, ground pork or ground turkey for half of the ground beef.
- Rice: To make this Cabbage Roll Soup lower in carbs, substitute the rice for Cauliflower Rice (this also lowers the calories or points if you’re following Weight Watchers).
- Diced Tomatoes: If you prefer whole canned tomatoes to diced, they also work great in this recipe.
- V8 Vegetable Juice: You Can use tomato juice in place of the vegetable juice. (Do not substitute tomato sauce, it has a different flavor).
- Sodium: The low sodium/no sodium versions of all products in this soup work perfectly.
All the flavour and goodness of traditional cabbage rolls simmered together in one delicious bowl of crock pot cabbage roll soup!
And the very best thing is it’s so easy!
Depending where you’re from, you may or may not add bacon to your cabbage rolls.
It is used in this soup to add a slight smoky and salty flavor.
We fry the bacon until crisp and then use a little bit of the bacon fat to cook the onion and beef.
The bacon itself is stirred in just before serving (and used as a garnish) to keep it nice and crisp.
How to Freeze Cabbage Roll Soup
This Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup makes a HUGE batch of soup, perfect for feeding a crowd, eating a couple of nights in a row or taking for lunches.
If you have leftovers, this soup also freezes well. I just simply spoon the desired amount in a freezer bag lay it flat to freeze (either large or individual servings).
If I’m feeding the family, I defrost it in the fridge the night before and dinner is ready to heat and eat in a flash!
Once you try it, I know for sure this Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup is going to become a staple to your weekly menu plan. Warm, hearty and wholesome.
Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup
- 1 lb thick bacon diced
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 6-8 cups cabbage chopped
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 10 oz can tomato soup
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 5-6 cups beef broth
- 1 1/2 cups V8 or other vegetable juice
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley for garnish
- In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels leaving about 1 tablespoon bacon grease in the skillet.
- Brown onion and beef in the bacon fat. Once browned, drain excess fat and add to a 6qt (or larger) slow cooker.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the low cooker and stir to combine (it will be very full).
- Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours until rice is fully cooked.
- Stir in half of cooked bacon.
- Spoon into bowls, top with remaining bacon and parsley if desired.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)