Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup is as easy as it is delicious. This simple recipe is hearty and satisfying, and it’s packed with everything you love about cabbage rolls including ground beef, rice, and seasoned tomato sauce.

bowl full of cabbage roll soup on a counter.

Cabbage rolls are delicious, but let’s face it, they can be a little futzy. We love the flavor, but we’re not big fans of all the stuffing and rolling it involves. That’s why we love to make this unstuffed soup version. It’s full of all the flavors we love, and it’s so much easier, especially when it’s cooked in the slow cooker.

spoonful of cabbage roll soup held in the air.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses simple, affordable ingredients, making it an ideal weeknight meal.
  • It’s a slow cooker recipe, so there’s almost no effort involved.
  • It’s rich and hearty and makes a great family dinner or addition to any potluck.


bowls of ground beef, diced tomatoes, rice, tomato sauce, onions, seasonings, garlic, sugar, and cabbage.

You’ll only need a handful of basic ingredients that you can find easily at any grocery store. You probably won’t have to shop for them all, though. Many of them are probably in your kitchen right now!

All the ingredients are listed here, but remember to check the recipe card for their quantities.

  • Ground beef
  • Garlic – minced
  • Onion – chopped
  • Cabbage – chopped
  • Water
  • Uncooked minute rice
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Sugar
  • Tomato sauce
  • Petite diced tomatoes with juice

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Making this recipe is an incredibly simple process. You’ll just brown the meat, and then let the slow cooker do the rest of the work. It’s a super easy recipe anyone can make, and everyone always loves it.

ground beef, onions, and garlic being cooked in a large skillet.

Step 1: Cook the Beef

Cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a medium skillet until the beef is cooked through. Then, drain it.

cooked ground beef and onions being added to a slow cooker.

Step 2: Add Everything to the Slow Cooker

Add the chopped cabbage, rice, water, pepper, garlic salt, sugar, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes to the slow cooker. Then, add the ground beef mixture and stir.

cabbage roll soup in the slow cooker ready to be cooked.

Step 3: Cook

Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until the rice and cabbage are tender. Serve garnished with parsley and enjoy!


  • Add red pepper flakes for a little heat.
  • Add diced jalapenos, black beans, and corn for a Tex-Mex version of this recipe.
  • If you’re avoiding red meat, you can make this with ground turkey.
  • to make this a vegan recipe, try using a vegan ground beef substitute.

If you love traditional cabbage rolls, check out our easy slow cooker cabbage rolls.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Skillet
  • Large spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Slow cooker

🥫 Storage

You can refrigerate this soup for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. To reheat it, simply place it in a saucepan and cook on medium-low until heated through.

bowl full of cabbage roll soup on a counter.

What to Serve with Cabbage Roll Soup

This delicious slow cooker unstuffed cabbage roll soup is a complete meal on its own, so we generally recommend keeping your sides simple. We love to serve our soup with any of these options.

  • Crusty bread and butter
  • Crackers
  • Garlic bread
  • Garlic knots
  • Garlic cheese bread
  • Texas toast

💭 Tips

  • If your soup is too thick, add a little more water or any kind of broth.
  • If you need your soup on the table quicker, cook it on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • If you want your soup to cook faster, cut the cabbage into smaller pieces.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is cabbage roll soup?

Cabbage roll is the soup version of classic stuffed cabbage rolls. It has all the classic ingredients like ground beef, rice, tomato sauce, and of course, cabbage.

Is cabbage roll soup good for you?

Cabbage roll soup is very good for you in moderation. It contains protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Making it with lean ground beef or ground turkey further enhances its healthiness.

Why is cabbage so good for you?

Cabbage is high in fiber and rich in vitamins C and K. Research also suggests it may help support digestion and heart health, and it’s packed with nutrients.

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Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

This slow cooker unstuffed cabbage roll soup is full of ground beef, cabbage, rice, and more. It's a classic cabbage roll in a soup!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 349kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Skillet
  • large spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • slow cooker


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small head of cabbage chopped, around 6 cups
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked minute rice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 28 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces petite diced tomatoes with juice


  • In a medium sized skillet brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. If there’s any grease leftover drain it.
  • In the slow cooker add the chopped cabbage, rice, water, pepper, garlic salt, sugar, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add the cooked ground beef mixture and stir until everything is combined.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the rice and cabbage is tender. Once done serve and top with parsley if you’d like! (Optional)


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1381mg | Potassium: 1087mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 866IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 5mg

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