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Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage Roll Soup – a simple soup that has all the taste of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls that is ready in minutes.  It is hearty, filling, healthy and delicious!

Stuffed cabbage rolls are a classic and traditional recipe all over the United States.  But they can kind of be a pain to roll sometimes.  You have to completely cook all the ground beef and rice, boil the cabbage, then roll everything together. 

Then they bake for quite a long time, it really is a process. This is an unstuffed cabbage roll soup that is ready in a small fraction of the time! 

Turn classic cabbage rolls into a hearty and filling soup that is ready in no time!


Why This Recipe Works

  • Ground beef, rice, and cabbage simmer in tomato and beef broth for a super comforting and hearty bowl of soup. All the flavor of the classic in a much quicker version.
  • A warm soup that will be perfect for a cold night.
  • Mix up the ingredients to make it what you like. Use brown rice, ground turkey, vegetable broth, meat alternative etc.
  • I am such a sucker for recipes that are from mom and grandma.  My mom’s Goulash recipe is a staple in our house and I know that you guys love it as well.  Cabbage Rolls were something that Polish grandma’s were known for making. 

What You’ll Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Beef Broth (I use low sodium)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Italian Seasoning
Unstuffed cabbage soup takes classic cabbage rolls and turns it into a weeknight meal your family will love

How to Make Cabbage Roll Soup

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the FULL PRINTABLE recipe card.

This cabbage roll soup recipe is so simple to make, you really just dump everything and let it go!

  1. Beef – Brown ground beef and the onion together until the beef is cooked and the onions are translucent.  I like to add in the garlic during the last little bit so it can cook for about a minute and doesn’t burn. 
  2. Add in all of the remaining ingredients and bring it to a low boil.  You let it simmer for about 25 minutes until the rice is cooked. You don’t need to cover it, just let it simmer and the rice will plump up and get soft.  
  3. Serve – Once the rice is cooked it is time to serve.  You can garnish with parsley to serve if you want, or just serve as is.

Cabbage Roll Soup is ready in no time and great for weeknight meals

Can You Freeze Cabbage Soup

Yep, you absolutely can freeze this soup.  The rice does absorb some of the liquid and can get a tiny bit mushy, but it isn’t much of a problem.  If the soup is too thick add a little beef broth when reheating to thin it out. 

What to Serve with Cabbage Soup?

Cabbage Roll Soup - a simple soup that has all the taste of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls that is ready in minutes.  It is hearty, filling, healthy and delicious!

If you grew up on cabbage rolls, but haven’t wanted to take the time to actually make them, this soup is for you.  It has all the flavors of the classic, but in a comforting soup form.  I love that this soup is ready in just minutes.  Plenty of soups simmer for a long time to get the flavors to really come together.  Not only is there enough going on that isn’t necessary here, but if you did the rice would become a mushy mess.  That tomato and beef broth make this rich and delicious without hours on the stove. 

close up cabbage soup for pinterest

More Quick Soup Recipes

Yield: 5

Cabbage Roll Soup

A bowl of cabbage soup

Cabbage Roll Soup - a simple soup that has all the taste of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls that is ready in minutes.  It is hearty, filling, healthy and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  1. In a stock pot heat oil over medium high heat. Add ground beef and onions. Break up ground beef and cook for 5-6 minutes until beef is cooked and onions are translucent.
  2. Mix in garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.
  4. Bring to a low boil and cook for 20-25 minutes until the rice is cooked. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 423Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 81mgSodium 1732mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 6gSugar 17gProtein 33g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Saturday 8th of April 2023

The serving size shown in the Nutrional list indicates a serving size of 1, 1 what; 1 cup, 1 bowl, 1 pot?

Erin S

Saturday 8th of April 2023

At the top of the recipe card it says Yield: 6 - so a serving is 1/6 of the pot of soup.

Timothy Keene

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

We get one of those weekly veggie delivery boxes, and there's always a head or two of cabbage in the box. Found this while scouring the web for recipe ideas, so looking forward to trying it out. But can I just say how much I appreciate the "jump to recipe" link? Thank you!


Saturday 14th of March 2020

I just love cabbage in soups, so I’m printing this one! Love it.


Monday 9th of March 2020

I made cabbage for the first time in FOREVER recently, and remembered how much I love it! I love cabbage rolls and this soup sounds absolutely perfect!

katerina @

Sunday 8th of March 2020

Such an incredible soup!! I can't wait to try it! YUM!

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