Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

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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! 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!

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

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!

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  • 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


  1. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels leaving about 1 tablespoon bacon grease in the skillet.
  2. Brown onion and beef in the bacon fat. Once browned, drain excess fat and add to a 6qt (or larger) slow cooker.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to the low cooker and stir to combine (it will be very full).
  4. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-7 hours until rice is fully cooked.
  5. Stir in half of cooked bacon.
  6. Spoon into bowls, top with remaining bacon and parsley if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 198 Calories

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

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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 tasty soup that everyone loves!
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, simmered all day in the slow cooker. This creates a nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your belly from the inside out!

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76 comments on “Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup”

  1. If I want my cabbage to be a more tender crisp, at what point should I add it to the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients? Thanks:)

    • Excellent recipe.  Don’t know which was better, the cabbage roll soup or the other choices posted with this recipe.  Look forward to trying several of the others.

  2. I have this in my crock pot right now…it tastes wonderful…I made a couple of changes because of what I like in my soups…I left out the rice and used white kidney beans ( cannellini beans )…I know cabbage rolls should have rice.. so mine will be different than yours…I left out the tomato soup because I don’t use canned soups…hope you don’t mine me changing some of the things in your soup…the flavor is wonderful…thank you…

    • I am so glad you were able to make this recipe work for your preferences Sherry! I think the white kidney beans sound like a tasty substitution!

  3. I get the cooked bacon part but…
    If you are cooking the whole thing for 6 hours, why does the onions and ground beef have to be cooked first! 6 hours is plenty of time for the onions and meat to cook!

    • Mainly because the beef will release fat and most of it is drained off to avoid an oily soup. I usually cook my beef and onions together so the beef has more flavor.

  4. i made rhis only thing i added is the canaloni beans. it was outstanding. my family love it. served with vorn bread. thanks

    Rating: 4
  5. do you have more specific nutrition information?

  6. Watching the video but I do not see the addition of the V8 juice or Worcester sauce? Am I missing something?? 

  7. Looks really good but need to know what size crockpot is used   I have a 4 qt  Thanks

  8. Can I use my Dutch oven instead of the crock pot? 

  9. Can you give me the whole nutritional information (not just calories)? 

  10. I made this today. Delicious, with just the right blend of tomatoes and beef. Perfectly easy to make. Hubby loved it! 

  11. I made this soup last night and of course added my own touches to it, as in a little extra hamburger, bacon and onion. We like our stews on the thick side! Very easy to make, the directions were easy to follow. It was pretty good and nice and thick just like we prefer. A little lacking on the spice side, I would double the spices next time around. The smell drove me and our furry family member nuts starting about 2 in the morning! LOL

    The author of this recipe is absolutely right, in that it will FILL your 6 quart crockpot. I will be packaging it into smaller portions for my honey and I to enjoy over the next couple of months. We love soups, stews, chilis and chowders; I look forward to trying a few more from this website!

    Rating: 4
  12. Thanks, Holly! Gonna make it in the morning.

  13. I was thinking stew meat instead of ground beef. Do you think this would work?

  14. Tried this tonight. It was very good. Made homemade french bread to dunk with it. Yum, yum.

  15. Cameout fantastic!

    I used some cut up potatoes instead of rice 

    Rating: 4
  16. My mom passed away a year ago and I fear some of her recipes have gone with her. We are polish and I love polish food! I remember my mom making stuffed cabbage (golumpki) when I was young. This sounds amazing…and like you said, much easier. It’s in the crock pot now. I basically made as is except for one thing. I used both fresh shredded cabbage and also added most of a large can of sauerkraut (because I love it so much). It’s only been cooking an hour and already smells amazing. Can’t wait to dig in!  Thanks so much for your recipe. 

    • FYI…came out great. I like a heartier “soup” so I intentionally made it on the thick side. The sauerkraut was a great addition. I love it tangy so I didn’t rinse it. It definitely came through. I highly recommend! I’ve already passed the recipe along to others. (Even a friend of mine who come here from Poland!)

  17. Would brown rice work in this recipe?

  18. I’ve made similar and love that soup so definitely and going to try this, but with variations as I have to watch fat content due to hubbies’ heart issues. 93% lean Ground beef will be boiled and all the fa tis at the top of the water. I drain it and rinse it super good with hot water as well. Bacon would have to be omitted due to the fat content so onions would be sauteed in a heat friendly oil.

  19. Do I need to use the V8 and tomato soup?  Trying to cut carbs.   Would like to know the total carbs too.  I will be omitting the rice too

  20. I was wondering if you could can this??

  21. We made this today. Cooked for 7 hours on low on crockpot. Was not even close to done so we transferred to a stock pot and cooked for about an hour. It was delicious. Hubby went back for thirds. We will be making this again just not in crock pot. Lol

  22. I wanted to know if it would work if I did it on the stove in stead of a crockpot. I want it today but dont have six hours with my work schedule

  23. Instead of using. Bacon could I use ground pork instead..

  24. This was absolutely delicious! I used ground turkey and italian sausage instead of ground beef. I also added a little extra onion and garlic pepper. I also used wild rice and it all cooked very well on the low setting for 7 hours.

  25. Making the Cabbage Roll Soup as we speak, but I am running out of room. I am using a Crock Pot Smart Pot 4-7 quart. Half way thru I will ladle out some cabbage before I can add the diced tomatoes! Am I using the wrong size Crockpot?

  26. I made this today. The house smells wonderful and we can’t wait to eat it for dinner!

  27. I’m pretty excited to try out this recipe because my husband loooves cabbage rolls! It’s actually in the slow cooker right now! One of the only changes I did was turkey instead of beef and quinoa instead of rice.

    I’m going to feature this on my blog of you don’t mind! I want to be able to credit you for your recipe when I have it up!

    Thanks!!!! Can’t wait to read more recipes form you!

  28. LOVE ths recipe!   Have made it several times and I change nothing.   It’s delicious.  Thank you!

  29. I don’t own a slow cooker, if I want to cook this in the  oven, how high should I set the oven for, was thinking like 250 degrees to 275 degrees ?

  30. Made this soup it was so yummy! Kids loved It! I’ll definitely be making this again! Thank you for the recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  31. Excellent!Perfect broth was rich!(used whole can of paste,and oregano instead of thyme)
    About to try it again!Only used 5 stripes of Bacon ,might slice up the turkey kielbasa this time!

    Rating: 5
  32. This turned out very well. I used the stove top. I used only beef but only because the last time I made cabbage rolls he said my mother didn’t use sausage. He ate seconds which is very unusual. Thank you

  33. Easy meal to make and absolutely delicious! The hubby loves it too!

    Rating: 5
  34. I really liked this soup, but I will use a little less thyme next time.   This is a keeper!!!

    Rating: 5
  35. I want to make this substituting rice with cauliflower. When should I add it into to soup? I was thinking 30 mins before it’s finished? 

  36. Is this soup gluten free?  I have celiac disease.

  37. Bought all needed ingredients and excited to make this first thing in morning before kids wake up. Should be ready come supper time :-) been so cold out here lately we need something good to warm us up.

  38. how much salt and pepper should be added?…it says to taste..mines cooking but it needs something…ive added a couple teaspoons of salt and some pepper, still needs something..everything i have added was full sodium if that helps…

    • As far as seasoning with salt and pepper, I would use how much tastes good to you. Adding another favorite spice can only make things better!

    • Did you get an answer to this question? I also added more salt and pepper. But the toppings (crispy bacon and fresh parsley) made the soup a lot more tasty. I also added a tbsp of fresh grated Parmesan. 

  39. Do you know how long you would cook this in the instapot?

  40. I only have instant rice…will this work the same? 

    • I’m sure it would work, I haven’t tried it but cooking time may need to be adjusted. Let us know how it works out for you.

  41. I omitted the vegetable juice. Only used 3 cups of broth. Then along with the bacon and fresh parsley, I sprinkled a tbsp of fresh grated Parmesan on the top. The toppings made the soup a hit. Very delicious. I will make it again. 

    Rating: 5
  42. Fixed this today for first time. Really good but after 7 hrs ib crockpot the cabbage wasnt tender. Wondering what would happen if steam cabbage prior to adding.

    interested in comments

    Rating: 5
  43. After a hour of prep time and 8 hours of cooking. This soup is amazing. I used 2# of ground meat, 6 cups of chopped cabbage and a entire bag of Sucess rice. No bacon. It cooked up very hearty and filling! Husband loves it so much, he’s on his 2nd bowl! This is a keeper for us! THANK YOU

    Rating: 5

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