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Hearty Cabbage Roll Soup: A Bowl Full of Comfort

Warm up with our Hearty Cabbage Roll Soup - a deconstructed version of the classic dish, packed with flavor and comfort. Perfect for any chilly day!

March 7, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 50 mins



  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, sautéing until they become translucent and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the ground beef to the pot. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the chopped cabbage, uncooked rice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef or vegetable broth, paprika, and dried thyme. Add the bay leaf.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice and cabbage are tender.
  5. Once everything is cooked through and the flavors have melded together, remove the bay leaf, and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cabbage Roll Soup
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15 g19.2%
Protein 20 g40%
Sodium 800 mg34.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use lean ground beef or ground turkey to reduce the fat content without sacrificing flavor.
  • For a vegetarian version, omit the ground meat and add more vegetables like carrots and bell peppers, or use a plant-based ground meat substitute.
  • Brown rice or quinoa can be substituted for white rice for added nutrition, though cooking times may vary. For more, check out our ‘Types of Rice’ article.
  • Slice the cabbage thinly for quicker cooking and a more consistent texture in every spoonful.
  • Feel free to add carrots, celery, or bell peppers to the soup for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • If the soup is too thick after the rice has cooked, simply add more broth until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Use a good quality broth, whether beef, chicken, or vegetable, as it significantly influences the soup's overall flavor.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices according to your preference. Add more paprika for a smokier flavor or throw in a bit of cumin for a different spice profile.
  • This soup tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld together. Ensure to store it properly in the refrigerator.
  • Cabbage Roll Soup freezes well. Cool it down after cooking, then portion it into freezer-safe containers for easy reheating.
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Dive into the warmth and comfort of this Hearty Cabbage Roll Soup, a rustic and simplified take on the traditional stuffed cabbage rolls. This soup brings all the beloved flavors of the classic dish into an easy-to-make recipe that simmers the essence of home-cooked goodness in every spoonful. Perfect for a cozy night in or a nutritious family meal, this one-pot wonder is not only satisfying but also packed with healthy ingredients.

The Origin of Cabbage Roll Soup:

Cabbage Roll Soup is inspired by traditional cabbage rolls, a beloved dish in Eastern European cuisine, particularly in countries like Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. The classic dish involves wrapping a mix of meat, rice, and spices in cabbage leaves, then baking or simmering in a tomato-based sauce. Transforming this time-honored recipe into a soup maintains the heart and soul of the original dish while offering a more straightforward, less time-consuming cooking process. It brings the comforting, homely flavors of Eastern Europe into a single pot, perfect for those who love the taste of cabbage rolls but lack the time for their meticulous preparation.

Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup

For those who prefer a hands-off approach or want to come home to a warm meal, the Cabbage Roll Soup adapts beautifully to slow cooking. Converting the recipe for cabbage roll soup into a crockpot-friendly version involves merely placing all the ingredients into the crockpot, except for the rice and parsley. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, then add the rice and allow it to cook until tender. This method infuses the flavors deeply, creating a rich and hearty soup with minimal effort.

What To Serve with Cabbage Roll Soup?

Cabbage Roll Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Cabbage Roll Soup:

How To Serve Cabbage Roll Soup?

This recipe for cabbage roll soup captures the essence of traditional cabbage rolls in a form that's perfect for both weeknight dinners and casual gatherings. The soup's robust and comforting flavors make it a hit in any setting, offering a nutritious and satisfying meal. Pair it with crusty bread for dipping, or serve it alongside a fresh green salad for a complete meal. Whether using a stovetop or crockpot, cabbage roll soup is a versatile, hearty dish that pays homage to its Eastern European roots while providing a comforting and hearty meal for the modern table.

How To Store Cabbage Roll Soup?

Storing Cabbage Roll Soup properly is essential for maintaining its freshness and ensuring it remains safe to consume. Here’s how to store your soup effectively:

Immediate Storage: Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before storing. However, don't leave it out for more than two hours to avoid bacterial growth.

Refrigerator Storage: Transfer the cooled soup into airtight containers. Seal these containers tightly and place them in the refrigerator. Properly stored, cabbage roll soup can last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

Freezer Storage: If you've made a large batch and would like to store some for later, cabbage roll soup freezes well. Pour the cooled soup into freezer-safe bags or containers. Leave some space for expansion, seal well, and lay flat in the freezer if using bags for efficient storage space. Frozen cabbage roll soup can last for up to 3 months. Label the containers or bags with the date so you can keep track of storage time.


Refrigerated Soup: Reheat refrigerated cabbage roll soup over medium heat on the stove, stirring occasionally until hot throughout. Alternatively, you can reheat individual servings in the microwave, using a microwave-safe container and covering it with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap. Heat on high for 2-3 minutes, stir, and heat for another 1-2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Frozen Soup: Thaw frozen cabbage roll soup in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. For a quicker thaw, you can use the defrost setting on your microwave or submerge the sealed container in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes. Once thawed, reheat as you would with refrigerated soup.

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