Stuffed Cabbage Soup (aka Cabbage Roll Soup)

This Stuffed Cabbage Soup (aka Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup) gives you all the classic flavor of your Grandma’s cabbage rolls without all the work. It’s made with simple, inexpensive ingredients readily available at most grocery stores, including cabbage, ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and broth. I like to serve it with a warm loaf of my Cheddar Beer Bread with Onion and Rosemary, or with a loaf of crusty Italian bread. (And if you love a simple and delicious soup, check out my recipe for Simple Old-Fashioned Potato Soup).

One of my favorite ways to eat cabbage is in stuffed cabbage rolls (or golabki, as my Polish husband calls them.) But because a pan of real cabbage rolls takes a lot of time and effort, I usually reserve them for Sunday dinner or special occasions. For a simpler alternative on a weekday, I often make this easy, one-pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup. Just brown the meat, chop the veggies, and throw everything in a pot to simmer. If you enjoy meal-prepping, you can make it even easier by chopping the veggies the evening before. 

Hearty Homemade Stuffed Cabbage Soup

So let’s talk about the ingredients for this stuffed cabbage soup:

Cabbage – Use a small head of cabbage, or use 2 bags of coleslaw mix to make it easy. 

Ground Beef – I use 85/15 grass-fed ground beef. You can use any ground beef of your choice, but be sure to drain off any extra grease from the pan when you cook it. You can also use a different type of ground meat like ground turkey. 

Onion – Use any type of onion you like and have on hand. Sweet onions like Vidalia are my favorite choice for this recipe. 

Bell Pepper – I prefer a green bell pepper. If you’re not a fan of green bell peppers, use the color you prefer. 

Crushed tomatoes – I like the consistency of crushed tomatoes, so that is what I typically use. You can substitute tomato puree for the crushed tomatoes.

Tomato or Vegetable Juice (optional) – This soup tends to get very thick as it cooks, so I like to use tomato juice or v8 juice in this cabbage soup to thin it down. You can use water to thin it, but I think the v8 juice adds a lot of flavor. 

Beef Broth – Use a beef broth that tastes good to you since it is a big part of the flavor of this soup. You can use homemade or boxed broth or stock. If I don’t have homemade, I often use a powdered base or wet beef base and reconstitute it with water. 

Rice – I use plain white rice, typically jasmine or long-grain rice. You can use brown rice in cabbage soup, but you may have to simmer the soup a bit longer to soften the rice. For a low-carb stuffed cabbage soup, you can use cauliflower rice. 

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Here are a few tips for making the best Stuffed Cabbage Soup:

Give it time. The secret ingredient in this recipe is time. While the prep is fairly quick, the slow and gentle simmering is where the magic happens. Allow the soup to gently bubble away until the flavors are melded and the cabbage is tender to your liking.

Wait to add the rice. If you add the rice to the soup immediately, it will dissolve into the soup by the time the cabbage is cooked. I like to simmer the cabbage in the soup for about 45 minutes and then add the rice. You can also cook the rice separately and add it at the end when the soup is finished cooking. 

Season your soup to taste before serving. I like to sprinkle in a little extra dill and freshly ground black pepper. 

Can you freeze cabbage soup?

The answer is yes! This soup freezes very well. Store it in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Reheat it on the stove, adding a little bit of v8 juice, water, or broth to thin it down, if needed.

How to Make Stuffed Cabbage Soup in the Slow Cooker

If you’re wondering if you can make this stuffed cabbage soup in the crockpot, the answer is yes! You will need to reduce the amount of beef stock to 4 cups. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours. For best results, I cook the rice separately and add it in before I serve the soup. 

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Stuffed Cabbage Soup

  • Author: My Homemade Roots
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings 1x


This Stuffed Cabbage Soup is a hearty favorite that features cabbage, ground beef, and rice. It’s a the soup version of your favorite cabbage rolls.


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I like to use 85% lean)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped (or use 2 bags of pre-shredded coleslaw)
  • 1 28ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups beef stock or broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • v8 juice or water to thin the soup if it gets too thick
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, and bell peppers. Season with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until beef is browned and cooked through and vegetables are soft and slightly golden.
  2. Add chopped cabbage, tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, dill, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes, or until cabbage is just tender.
  3. Add rice and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  4. If the soup is too thick, thin it down with v8 juice or water
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes

Stuff Cabbage Soup


  • Miz Helen
    October 1, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    We will love your Stuffed Cabbage Soup, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

    • Melissa
      October 2, 2018 at 1:55 am

      Thank-you, Miz Helen, for always being such a gracious hostess!

  • Barbara Warner
    October 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    You can be sure I’m making this. I love stuffed cabbage rolls and this is an easy way to achieve that flavor without actually rolling cabbage leaves! Love soup, too, and it will hit the spot on a cool autumn day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Melissa
      October 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      I hope you enjoy!

  • Donna B
    October 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    This week will be cool in SOCa so I’m looking forward to soup on my menu before we get our Santa Ana winds and we’re back to salads for a while! This recipe looks delicious and easy. Hooray for Fall!!

    • Melissa
      October 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      I totally agree – hooray for fall! And I hope you enjoy the soup!

  • Laura
    October 10, 2018 at 1:47 am

    I’m really looking forward to making this soup!

    • Melissa
      October 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      It really is a great fall soup. I hope you enjoy it!

      • Laura
        October 16, 2018 at 1:37 am

        It is fabulous! I made the soup tonight and loved it. Fortunately, I have some remaining, so I can have a lunch at work I’ll actually look forward to!

        • Melissa
          October 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm

          I am so glad you liked it!

          • Mary
            June 7, 2023 at 12:40 am

            This soup is fantastic! It took all of my will power to stop eating it!

          • Melissa
            June 8, 2023 at 4:28 pm

            I’m glad you liked it! I have been known to polish off a few bowls myself.

        • Christine
          April 21, 2023 at 3:21 pm

          Let your recipe thicken then add over mashed potatoes. Nice with the rice! TY!

  • Pat
    October 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Your receipes sound delicious going to try cabbage soup

    • Melissa
      October 19, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Hope you enjoy!

  • Baboo
    December 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    When I have a soup that calls for rice, I like to cook the rice separately . Then I put my rice in the bottom of my soup bowl and add the soup over the rice. By doing it this way the rice doesn’t get mushy if I have leftover soup. I look forward to trying this soon.

    • Melissa
      December 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Great idea! I hope you enjoy!

  • Dani
    August 11, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    So good! I made a second batch just for the freezer.

  • Barb
    August 11, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    The whole family loved it and we had leftover for lunch the next day.

  • Nancy Sands
    January 1, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Going to make this but use cauliflower rice to cut carbs

    • Melissa
      February 15, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      That’s a great idea!

    • Michelle
      January 25, 2023 at 5:45 pm

      I’m interested in knowing how the cauliflower rice freezes as well how well the cabbage freezes? Thank you!

  • Lorraine
    January 2, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    My Mother always made Kapusta, a Polish cabbage soup. However, I never asked for the recipe so now I will try this one.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Melissa
      February 15, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      You’re very welcome. I hope you enjoy!

  • Miz Helen
    January 20, 2022 at 12:59 am

    We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post last week on Full Plate Thursday, 571! Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Melissa
      February 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you so much for the feature, Miz Helen!

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  • Sandie
    January 13, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Excellent !!!!
    I make a large pot of soup every Monday morning !! Have a cup everyday!!
    This will be a regular but no rice !!
    Also I will make it another week with no meat and blend the soup!!
    Thank you so much!

    • Melissa
      January 16, 2023 at 6:36 pm

      You’re welcome! And it sounds like a good plan to have homemade soup on hand every week!

  • Pamela
    February 18, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    Hi, I have not made this recipe yet, but my nephew and I have been talking about this kind of soup. He makes one like it a lot. Will try making it sounds and looks so good.

  • Samantha
    February 19, 2023 at 2:14 am

    Calories? I cannot find them on this recipe and am tracking right now.

  • Judy
    April 11, 2023 at 1:32 am

    I found your recipe and made the stuffed cabbage soup tonight with 3 pounds of ground turkey I had in the fridge. It was simple to make and came together very quickly. Perfect for a busy and chilly weeknight meal. I did cook the rice separately. My family was very happy and enjoyed dinner. I’ll have to check out your other low sugar, low fat recipes. Thank you!!

    • Melissa
      April 11, 2023 at 3:18 am

      I’m so happy to hear that you and the family enjoyed the recipe! I hope you come back and visit again soon. I’ll be posting spring and summer recipes (and definitely some low sugar and fat recipes, too).

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    Great soup! I LOVE country cooking and this recipe hits the spot! Delish and wholesome. Thank you VERY much!

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      October 31, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      You’re very welcome! It’s one of my very favorite soups and I’m happy meet another country cooking lover!

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