Cabbage Roll Soup


Cabbage Roll Soup – All the flavors of cabbage rolls with out all the hassle! This soup is easy to make and deliciously flavorful. A delicious new recipe to add to the dinner rotation.

Comforting Cabbage Roll Soup

I’ve been wanting to try Russian/Ukranian cabbage rolls for a long time, basically since I got a Pinterest account because I always see them on there and they look delicious. I finally got around to it but instead I decided to go the easier route and made them in soup form instead.

I’m sure this soup is so much faster than making the real deal yet I can bet this tastes just as good. If I ever try a real cabbage roll I’ll let you know how they compare, although I loved this soup so much I might not ever want to go the long route and take all that time to cook cabbage, stuff, roll and top cabbage rolls.


One pot just sounds better right? Especially after a long day of work.

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This soup is total hearty comfort food. It’s packed with veggies, the rice will help fill you up and you get a fair amount of protein from the beef so this soup is an all around win!

It’s so good that if you do make the classic cabbage rolls you might just find yourself converting to this easier method and making it as soup from now on instead!

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A Family Friendly Recipe

This Cabbage Roll Soup was also kid approved so it’s definitely a family friendly dinner! I already look forward to making it again this fall and winter, there’s nothing like a bowl of perfectly warm, good homestyle soup on a cold day.

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How do You Make Cabbage Roll Soup?

  • First you’ll brown the beef then transfer and reserve fat in pot.
  • Saute veggies.
  • Pour in broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, seasonings and beef.
  • Bring to a light boil, add rice. Cover and simmer until rice is tender.
  • Stir in more broth to thin as desired, stir in lemon and parsley.

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Cabbage Roll Soup

4.72 from 21 votes

All the flavors of cabbage rolls with out all the hassle! This soup is easy to make and deliciously flavorful. A delicious new recipe to add to the dinner rotation.

Servings: 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion , chopped (1 3/4 cups)
  • 2 large carrots , chopped (1 1/4 cups)
  • 5 cups packed chopped cabbage (16 - 19 oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or 1 Tbsp chopped fresh
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme or 2 1/2 tsp chopped fresh
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup dry long-grain white rice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large cast iron pot over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add beef, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring and breaking up beef occasionally, until browned. Transfer beef to a plate lined with paper towels while reserving 2 Tbsp of the rendered fat in pan, set beef aside. 

  3. Add onion and carrots to pan and saute 1 minute, then add cabbage and saute 2 minutes, then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. 
  4. Pour in beef broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, brown sugar, Worcestershire, paprika, oregano, thyme and bay leaves. Return beef to soup mixture. 
  5. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste and bring to a light boil, then add rice, cover pot and reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. 
  6. Stir in up to 1 cup water or more beef broth to thin as desired (it will thicken as it rests and become almost like a stew), then stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve warm.
  7. Recipe source: inspired by Spending with Pennies and Simply Stacie
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Roll Soup
Author: Jaclyn


  • Karen: This is a really good hearty soup! I love cabbage rolls but it seems like a lot more work than this and the flavors are there. I added some diced zucchini and a little sriracha sauce for heat. January 13, 2019 at 3:52pm Reply

  • Leslie: Is the cabbage supposed to be crunchy? I sautéed it briefly as directed and have been cooking it for a couple hrs and it’s still crunchy! Help! December 13, 2018 at 2:15pm Reply

    • Leslie Burnell: It is to your preference. We like it crunchy. Maybe you could try par boiling or steaming to help soften. Reserve the steaming juice to add to soup so you don’t cook out the wonderful cabbage flavor. Hope this helps. December 22, 2018 at 2:00pm Reply

  • Cristi: Absolutely delicious , I followed the tip on adding a splash of cider vinegar into each bowl …WOW ! December 5, 2018 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Nadine L.: I have made this recipe many times; it multiplies well for a crowd. As a German Russian who has eaten a lot of cabbage rolls in my day, I would recommend that after ladling the soup into bowls, add 1/2 to 1 tsp of cider vinegar into each, Stir and serve. Do not cook the soup with the vinegar; just use it as a last minute addition. October 27, 2018 at 4:13am Reply

  • AMANDA Jones: I made this soup and my husband and I ate it ALL over three days and nights! It was very tasty and not too heavy but very hearty. I was probably supposed to let it get thicker but I added more beef stock to make it the consistency I wanted. It came out great either way! I will make this again! October 2, 2018 at 5:43am Reply

  • Theres: Excellent recipe!!! Everyone loves it! September 23, 2018 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Linda: We really liked the levels of flavor in this soup, plus it’s diet friendly at 4 points plus for a hearty cup. The recipe makes enough to eat some, freeze some, and give some away. September 18, 2018 at 4:55pm Reply

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