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Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

Cabbage Roll Soup

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"I made up this recipe after having a craving for cabbage rolls but no time to make them. This is a healthy, hearty recipe. So simple to make and can be adjusted to your liking. You can easily double the recipe and freeze leftovers in portions. Serve piping hot with crusty bread or garlic toast."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Bring converted rice and 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot pan until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  3. Stir 2 cups water, cooked rice, pasta sauce, tomato soup, cabbage, onion, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce into beef. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Simmer until cabbage is soft and tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can substitute broth for water. Make this soup as thick or as thin as you like by adjusting the water/broth at the end.
  • You can substitute canned diced tomatoes for the pasta sauce if you like it a little chunkier, and if you like even more of a tomato taste, add some tomato paste (but remember to add more water or broth).
  • This soup can be made super-quick if you cook and freeze your ground beef in large batches, then just take out what you need. All you are doing is reheating!
  • Some like to add sour cream or shredded cheese on top when serving. I love it with hot sauce in my own bowl.
  • This can also be made in the slow cooker. It freezes perfectly.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 15, 2013

There is an error in the number of servings. This recipe will actually makes a huge pot of soup, about 8-10 servings. Of course this will change the nutritional information as well and therefore makes it much healthier than originally stated. Hope you enjoy it! Lillian S.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 05, 2013

Yes, this recipe did need about 3 additional cups of water to make it soup. I also had to add more spices (oregano, basil, worcestershire sauce and minced garlic) in order to give it more flavor. The concept is good but you need to be creative to give it more flavor.


18 Ratings

Feb 18, 2013

I felt like having cabbage rolls but did not feel like doing all of the work....this was a great alternative! I used homemade pasta sauce and I browned the onions with the meat and added minced garlic to the meat as well. When it was finished cooking I added a few dashes of hot sauce just to give it some kick. Will def add this into my rotation of recipes! Thanks

Aug 03, 2014

Great! I too tweaked it by adding V-8 juice instead of the pasta sauce because I wanted more of a soup consistency.

Jan 02, 2014

This is a good hearty soup! I did tweak it after reading some reviews. I browned the meat with the onions and seasoned it with black pepper, salt and garlic. I only used half of the pasta sauce and added a can of diced tomatoes. I also added some celery salt after I mixed it all together. Simple recipe and my boyfriend loved it!!!

Dec 17, 2013

I did cut the rice down to 1 cup and upped the water in the soup to 5 cups from the 2 cups the recipe called for. Tasted very close to cabbage rolls. I would try maybe adding more meat and maybe adding a pork/beef/veal mix like I would when I do Cabbage Rolls. Makes lots of a very thick soup.

Aug 20, 2013

I'm a sad momma with this recipe tonight. For starters, it has not where near enough water to make it a soup. Secondly, almost no flavor, I had to add TONS of salt, and Herbs de Provance, and a bunch of other spices just to make it edible. Thirdly, Hubby and I agreed that it was far to acidic. And finally, it scorched in the "bring to a boil" step. It would have been nice if someone had mentioned to stir often. I know I should have just known to do this, but a little reminder would have saved a whole pot of food.

Oct 13, 2014

pretty good soup, but very thick. I added diced tomatoes and used a brown rice/quinoa mixture. I also added some dried herbs (oregano, basil, garlic) and worcester. I parboiled my cabbage in the microwave while I browned the onions/meat mixture. I served with sour cream and cheese, but it tastes nice without as well. Made such a big pot, that I'll be freezing it for several meals. Kids even ate it!


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  • Calories
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 75.2 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 12.9 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 10.9 g
  • 44%
  • Protein
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 813 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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