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
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!
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!
A Family Favorite
Growing up with Polish grandparents, cabbage rolls (and Cabbage and Noodles aka Haluski) 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.
Cabbage is easy to prepare and inexpensive (view more info in the The Ultimate Guide to Cabbage).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 or even canned tomato soup. (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!
Add the Bacon
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.
More Recipes from the Cabbage Patch
- Creamy Sausage & Cabbage Soup – 5 Star Recipe! Easy and so delicious!
- Cabbage and Sausage Foil Packets – Grill or bake!
- Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe (video)
- Braised Red Cabbage – Perfect side dish!
- The Best Coleslaw Recipe – Make ahead – great for potlucks or topping pulled pork!
- Colcannon Recipe (Cabbage and Potatoes) – Comfort food to the max!
Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup
- 1 pound thick bacon diced
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- ⅔ cup uncooked long grain rice
- 6-8 cups cabbage chopped
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 10 ounces tomato soup
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 5-6 cups beef broth
- 1 ½ 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.
- This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, and reheated on the stove.
- This will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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This looks real good going to give it an try..Thank you
What kind of rice should be used, regular rice or instant/minute rice??
I use regular long grain rice.
So good. I used 1//2 lb. ground beef and 1/2 lb. ground lamb.
Hey Holly. What would I adjust in this recipe if I wanted to use basmati rice? Thanks.
Basmati usually needs a bit less liquid and a bit less cook time. Since this is a soup, I wouldn’t worry too much about the liquid but I would check the rice a little bit sooner to make sure it doesn’t overcook.
Love it cook this all the time now
Trying to print this
You will find the print button on the recipe card Eileen. You can also hit Ctrl F (or command F on Mac) and type “Print Recipe” and it will take you to the print button. Hope that helps.
I made this and went by measurements and instructions ! The thyme overpowered the whole dish . I was very dissatisfied. Next time no thyme !
So sorry to hear that Manda, definitely reduce the thyme next time!
Made cabbage soup and it was outstanding. I shared recipe with friends snd family. I also have cabbage rolls in the oven. We can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing your recipes.
So happy to share with you Cindy! Glad to hear you are enjoying them.
i have ground venison and a red cabbage do think i could use these in this
That should work Dennis. You will have a slightly different flavor (and color thanks to the red cabbage) but still yummy! Let us know how it turns out.
I’m a soup lover also. Will definitely give this a try. Looks yummy !
Soup is so delicious Cheryl! Enjoy.
Lemon blueberry bread delicious!
Do you know how much each serving is? Like oz or weight?
One cup is one serving. I hope this helps Stephanie!
Looks wonderful! Thanks for posting the nutrition…..it means a lot!
Can this be modified for pressure cooker/instant pot to make it a one-pot meal?
We have not tried this recipe in a pressure cooker yet, but we do have some delicious pressure cooker recipes here you could try!
If I used precooked cauliflower rice do I need to adjust liquids or time?
The cauliflower rice would just need to be heated up, so no changes needed.
I am making this for dinner right now and my one child that doesn’t like cabbage said it looks good. Hoping he will like it just as much as he does when he eats it. I made this soup on the stovetop instead of the crockpot and it worked like a charm. Cabbage is cooked and rice is cooked in just 45 minutes or so from starting the recipe. I browned my meat first, I didn’t use bacon because it just didn’t sound that great to me. Then while my meat was draining I sauteed my onions and then cooked the cabbage for about 5 to 10 minutes before throwing in the rest of the ingredients. I waited till the cabbage was almost cooked through before throwing in my cup of rice. It smells amazing in my house right now and I can’t wait to try this soup.
I hope this soup is a big hit with the family Lisa! Thanks for sharing how you adapted to stove top!
This looks fantastic
Thank you Chantel!
Love your recipes
Thanks Ray! So happy to hear that.
Going to try the cabbage soup & cabbage & noodles
I hope you enjoy the soup Cheryl!