Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup + VIDEO + Stovetop Directions

Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup cooks up quick and easy in one pot with the help of your electric pressure cooker! Topped with sour cream & fresh dill, it tastes just like cabbage rolls without all the work!

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, but also how 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 so that it was 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.

And although Julia said she would share her recipe with me one day, that we could get together and have a day of making these cabbage rolls, we never got around to it.

So instead, I’m taking all my favorite parts of her amazing recipe but literally disassembling it with this Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup. There’s no rolling involved and this dish cooks up all in one pot, meaning minimal clean up too. From start to finish, this Cabbage Roll Soup will take you less than an hour – and that’s including the time it takes for the pressure to build and release in the Instant Pot!

Overhead shot of two bowls of cabbage roll soup.

How To Make Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

It’s super simple to make Cabbage Roll Soup in the Instant Pot. Just brown some onions and garlic, then brown some ground beef & ground pork. Add in some stock, tomatoes, cabbage, rice and seasonings, seal the pot, and let it cook for 15 minutes. That’s it!

How To Make Cabbage Roll Soup on the Stove

Don’t have an Instant Pot?  You can also make this Cabbage Roll Soup on the stove. Brown the onions, garlic and meat as instructed below, but instead of sealing the pot and cooking under pressure for 15 minutes, you’ll just bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for 25 minutes.

Can I Use Brown Rice in Cabbage Roll Soup?

You can also make this cabbage roll soup with brown rice. In the Instant Pot, you’ll need to increase the pressure cook time to 24 minutes. On the stovetop, you’ll need to increase the simmer time to 45 minutes.

Hand holding bowl of cabbage roll soup.

Can You Freeze Cabbage Roll Soup?

Yes, absolutely if you have leftovers, this soup freezes perfectly.  We place them into freezer bags in individual portions and place them on a cookie sheet to freeze.  Once frozen we stack them in the freezer making an easy individual lunch!

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Side view of cabbage roll soup topped with sour cream and dill.

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.

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Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

Side view of bowl of cabbage roll soup.

Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup cooks up quick and easy in one pot with the help of your electric pressure cooker! Topped with sour cream & fresh dill, it tastes just like cabbage rolls without all the work! 
4.43 from 40 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 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)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill (for garnish)
  • Sour cream (for garnish)


  • 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.
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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

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32 thoughts on “Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup + VIDEO + Stovetop Directions”

  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! 🙂

  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

  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!

  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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