This is the best Cabbage Roll Soup recipe! All the flavor of your favorite cabbage rolls without the work and the hassle that goes into making them.
Winter is the perfect time for flavorful and warming soups. They make the perfect comfort food after a long hard day. This Cabbage Roll Soup is one of my favorites for settling in on a cold winter’s day. It is like taking a warm soothing bite of your favorite cabbage roll all packed in a nice hot bowl or mug to warm your hands.
Give this cabbage roll soup a try for the perfect simple lunch or dinner. Serve with bread rolls and a salad for a wonderful meal.
Cabbage Roll Soup
Cabbage roll takes the classic flavor of your favorite cabbage roll and turns it into flavorful comfort food. In the heart of winter, warm soups are a great way to help warm you up from the inside out.
This cabbage roll soup is easy to make and even to customize to fit your personal tastes. This recipe is easy to make on the stovetop. It can be a great option for making in the slow cooker after you have browned the meat. This can be a great option for serving at a winter get-together or potluck.
This cabbage roll soup will give you the same comforting flavor as the traditional baked cabbage rolls with less work. Without having to wrap each and every cabbage roll by hand. If you like to take shortcuts in the kitchen to help make cooking easier and want to take advantage of the benefits of cabbage in your diet this is a simple and effective option.
- Olive oil
- Ground beef
- Garlic cloves
- Chopped cabbage
- Low-sodium beef broth
- Tomato sauce
- Enriched white rice
- whole bay leaf
- Light Brown sugar
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper
**See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities
How to make Cabbage roll soup
- In a medium saucepan add in olive oil and your fresh chopped onion and garlic over medium heat to help the vegetables sweat and release their flavor and aroma into your dish.
- Brown your ground beef in with the oil, onions, and garlic. We don’t break it up to much. Just enough to keep it a little bit clumpy.
- Add in your cut carrots and cabbage. Go for a finer dice for a thinker soup or a larger chop for a chunky more filling soup.
- Add in your uncooked rice. Don’t worry the rice will cook directly in the soup picking up all of the flavors you love without soaping up all of the liquid. Add in your beef broth, tomato sauce, sugar, herbs, and spices, string in lightly. Leave your bay leaf whole so that it can be removed easily before serving.
- Cover your pan and allow it to cook for 25 to 30 minutes over medium-low heat until your rice is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Carefully remove the bay leaf from the pot and serve your cabbage rolls soup hot with a pit of fresh chopped parsley for garnish.
Cabbage rolls are typically cooked cabbage leaves folded around a variety of fillings. Did you know cabbage rolls have a history dating back over 2000 years around the world? From a Jewish version with raisins and brown sugar to King Charles XII bringing home the recipe to Sweden after fleeing his homeland. Cabbage rolls are commonly found in Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Also much of Western Asia, Northern China, as well as parts of North Africa where each region takes its own twist on the dish.
Cabbage is used as a wrap for cabbage rolls but has many great benefits. And cabbage is packed with nutrients your body needs including powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and fiber to help keep your body regular. Cabbage has been shown to help with digestion, heart health, and to help lower blood pressure.
How to make it your own
This cabbage roll soup takes the dish and deconstructs it into a filling and hearty soup. Because of the wide variety of cabbage rolls around the world, this soup can be easily customized. Make it work with the flavors from your personal favorite cabbage roll recipes from around the world.
To make this cabbage roll soup your own you can swap things out. Make the recipe more like your favorite cabbage rolls. Add in more herbs and spices, swap the ground beef for sausage or chicken. Add in more diced vegetables and leave out the meat using the vegetable broth for a vegan option. Don’t be afraid to play with the flavors of the soup and create something uniquely yours.
Cabbage rolls tend to be a healthy dish like this soup is. There are things you can do to make the dish even healthier like using homemade bone broth in place of the beef broth from the grocery store. Or adding in diced peppers and spinach to bulk up the dish with more healthy vegetables.
The Jewish recipe for cabbage rolls put a sweet take on the recipe with raisins and brown sugar. While the Romanian recipe covered the cabbage rolls in a dill and tomato sauce. The Ukrainian recipe is typically vegetarian.
Storing your cabbage roll soup
Your cabbage rolls soup can be stored in the refrigerator, in an air-tight container, and re-heated for the next 2-3 days. You can split this soup into single servings to store in the freezer to make it easy to grab and heat up for lunches during the week. Cabbage roll soup makes a great addition to your thermos for a cold winter day. Your cabbage should stay in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.
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Cabbage Roll Soup
- 2 teaspoons Olive oil
- 1 lb. Ground beef
- 1 Medium onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped or sliced
- 3 cups Chopped cabbage
- 4 cups Low-sodium beef broth
- 3 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup White rice, uncooked
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Chopped Parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan add in olive oil ,chopped onion and garlic. cook over medium heat.
- Add in ground beef with the oil, onions, and garlic. Cook until just brown. Then add cut carrots and cabbage.
- Add the uncooked rice. Add in your beef broth, tomato sauce, brown sugar, herbs, and spices, string it lightly. Leave your bay leaf whole so that it can be removed easily before serving.
- Cover and allow it to cook for 25 to 30 minutes over medium-low heat until your rice is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Carefully remove the bay leaf from the pot and serve your cabbage rolls soup hot with a bit of fresh chopped parsley for garnish.