Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

This Cabbage Roll Soup cooks up quick and easy! Topped with sour cream & fresh dill, it tastes just like cabbage rolls without all the work. Make this simple recipe on the stove, in the instant pot, or in a slow cooker.

A few years back, when I was still at my corporate job, my co-workers and I had a small get together for the holidays and I had the chance to try the most amazing cabbage rolls made by my friend Julia.

It was a longtime recipe in her Russian family and I could tell just how much pride she took in the recipe. She really spent so much time creating these delicious cabbage rolls for us and making sure that they turned out perfect.

It sounded like a really time consuming process. First blanching the cabbage leaves so that they were tender enough to roll. Then, making the stuffing, Then steaming them so that they were perfectly cooked on the outside and ready to be topped with sour cream & fresh dill.

With this recipe, I’m taking all my favorite parts of her traditional cabbage rolls but literally disassembling them with this unstuffed cabbage roll soup.

Bowl of cabbage roll soup topped with dollop of sour cream & fresh dill.

There’s no rolling involved AND this dish cooks up all in one pot, meaning minimal clean up too.

From start to finish, this hearty soup will take you less than an hour on the stove or in the instant pot. Or, make this soup in your slow cooker, and let it simmer all day. It’s a perfect comfort food recipe to have in your back pocket for chilly days.

Cabbage Roll Soup ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Ground pork
  • Lean ground beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cabbage
  • Beef broth, bone broth or chicken broth
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • White rice
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Bay leaf
  • Fresh dill
  • Sour cream

How To Make Cabbage Roll Soup on the Stove:

  1. Saute onion and garlic, until onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add ground pork and beef, and cook until browned.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Stir.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 25 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

How To Make Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup:

  1. Using the SAUTE function, cook onion and garlic, until onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add ground pork and beef, and cook until browned.
  3. Add rest of the ingredients. Stir.
  4. Cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes.
  5. Quick release pressure & enjoy!

How To Make Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup:

  1. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic, until onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add ground pork and beef, and cook until browned.
  3. Place all ingredients EXCEPT RICE in the crock pot.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours
  5. 15 minutes before you plan to serve, add the uncooked rice. It will cook in the hot broth.
  6. Enjoy!
Overhead close up of bowl of unstuffed cabbage roll soup.

Variations:

  • Ground meats – Try swapping out the mixture of pork and lean beef for ground chicken, ground turkey or italian sausage. You can also either use all ground pork or all ground beef.
  • Vegetarian – Try swapping in some diced red & green peppers, mushrooms or impossible meat for the ground beef & pork. Or you can just add in a bit more rice.
  • Brown rice – If using brown rice, increase the simmering time on the stove to 45 minutes. In the instant pot, increase the pressure cook time to 24 minutes. In the slow cooker, add the rice 1 hour before planning to serve.
  • Cauliflower rice – Add in as if you were using regular rice for a low carb meal option.

Can you freeze cabbage roll soup?

Yes, absolutely if you have leftovers, this soup freezes perfectly. Either store in an airtight container, or place into bags in individual portions and place them on a cookie sheet to freeze. Once frozen, they can be stacked in the freezer, making for an easy individual lunch!

Wine Pairings for Cabbage Rolls:

  • Try a light-bodied, fruit forward red like a Beaujolais or Grenache.
  • Looking for white wine? Try a Pinot Blanc or dry Riesling.
Side view of bowl of unstuffed cabbage roll soup.

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Easy Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

Bowl of cabbage roll soup topped with dollop of sour cream & fresh dill.

Easy Cabbage Roll Soup

This Cabbage Roll Soup cooks up quick and easy! Topped with sour cream & fresh dill, it tastes just like cabbage rolls without all the work. Make this simple recipe on the stove, in the instant pot, or in a slow cooker.
4.42 from 41 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 5 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

For Topping

  • Chopped fresh dill
  • Sour cream

Instructions

Instant Pot

  • Turn Instant Pot on to SAUTE and add olive oil.
  • Once hot, add the onion and garlic, and cook until onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground pork and beef, season with salt and pepper, and brown the meat, using a wooden spoon to break it apart, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Once browned, hit CANCEL.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Put lid on pot, and lock into place. Set valve to sealing.
  • Cook on MANUAL (high pressure) for 15 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for the pressure to build, then the countdown timer will begin.
  • Once the timer goes off, press the CANCEL button, and quick release the pressure.
  • Open the pot and stir everything together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve topped with fresh dill and sour cream.

Stove Top

  • Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add onion and garlic, and saute until onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground pork and beef, aseason with salt and pepper, and brown the meat, using a wooden spoon to break it apart, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 25 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve topped with fresh dill and sour cream.

Slow Cooker

  • In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in olive oil, until onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground pork and beef, season with salt and pepper, and brown the meat, using a wooden spoon to break it apart, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Place all ingredients EXCEPT RICE in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours.
  • 15 minutes before you plan to serve, add the uncooked rice. It will cook in the hot broth.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve topped with fresh dill and sour cream.

Notes

Will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days, or the freezer for up to three months. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 1059mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4.6mg

This post was originally published in 2018. It was updated in 2022 with new photographs and information. The cabbage soup recipe remains unchanged. Enjoy!

32 thoughts on “Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    oh wow, this looks and sounds AMAZING. total comfort food with the ease of a pressure cooker! my mom made cabbage rolls when I was growing up, and I think I am going to have to ask her to make them soon… in the meantime I may just have to make something like this! 🙂

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  2. I love cabbage roll soup and I am making this recipe as I post.It smells delish now I need to put the cornbread in the oven to eat with it.Thanks for this recipe

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  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely superb and so easy! I didn’t have any oregano on hand so I used thyme instead. I subbed out the beef and pork for ground turkey and, because we’re out of Worcestershire sauce, I had to use equal parts dark soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Even with all the substitutions (only out of pure necessity) the soup turned out so beautifully. Thanks for this!

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  4. 4 stars
    I’m sure it’s going to taste good but I had to put in on my stovetop. I got a burn message. I tried 3 times and no success after changing the pot and adding liquid. So, it’s simmering right now!

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