This hearty Cabbage Soup tastes like Cabbage Rolls but it’s easier and so comforting. It’s loaded with ground beef, veggies, and cabbage in a hearty tomato broth.

Cabbage is one of those staple fall and winter vegetables that are inexpensive and so versatile. We use it in some of our favorite recipes like Cabbage Casserole, or Coleslaw, and of course this Cabbage Soup.

A white Dutch oven with cabbage soup with a ladle topped with fresh greens.

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Cabbage Roll Soup Ingredients

This recipe calls for basic ingredients you may already have on hand and it comes together quickly. It’s an easy, one-pot, stovetop cabbage soup recipe.

  • Cabbage -use green cabbage. We like to cube the cabbage but you can shred the cabbage.
  • Broth – Though we used beef broth, you can substitute for vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Tomatoes – canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce produce a richly flavored base.
  • Ground beef – We prefer lean 80/20 ground beef.
  • Celery, onion, and carrot – aromatics that add amazing flavor.
  • Garlic – for the best taste, use freshly minched garlic
  • Seasoning – We use salt and pepper but you can change it up and use your favorite seasonings.
  • Bay leaves – Whole bay leaves add another layer of flavor
  • Brown sugar – balances out the acidity of tomatoes
  • Herbs – You can use fresh parsley, cilantro, dill, or combine all 3.
All the ingredients for cabbage soup in bowls.

How to Make Cabbage Soup

  1. Saute beef – In a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, saute the ground beef, breaking it up as it browns.
  2. Add onion and garlic – Add the chopped onion to the ground beef and saute until tender then add the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add veggies and simmer – Add the carrots, celery, cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, salt, pepper, brown sugar, and broth, and stir. Tip: for extra veggies, try adding green beans to the soup. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add herbs – Remove the bay leaves, add in the fresh herbs, and season to taste.

Pro Tip: If you prefer a spicy soup, add jalapeno or red pepper flakes to the soup. You can also add it with the sour cream when serving.

Step by step collage of how to make cabbage roll soup.

Common Questions

Can I make cabbage roll soup in a slow cooker?

Yes, brown the ground beef and onions and then add all the ingredients to the soup into the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours and or high for 4-5 hours. Add herbs and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.

Can I substitute the ground beef?

You can substitute ground beef for ground turkey, ground pork, or Italian sausage.

Can I add rice to my soup?

Add rice when adding the veggies and cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

Can I make this soup vegetarian?

This cabbage soup can easily be made vegetarian, just omit the ground beef, use vegetable broth and adjust seasoning to taste.

Cabbage roll soup in a white Dutch oven topped with fresh chopped greens.


  • Refrigerating – Once the soup has cooled to room temperature, cover leftover soup and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing – Add the cooled soup to an airtight container and freeze for about 2-3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator overnight then reheat the next day.
  • To Reheat – add the desired portion to a saucepan over medium heat until warm or microwave portions in a microwave safe container, heating to your desired temperature.

Serve with

A white bowl of cabbage roll soup with a spoon and topped with fresh greens.

Cabbage Soup is a warming and soothing soup that is hearty and so satisfying. This recipe also reheats well so you’ll love having leftovers.

More Soup Recipes You’ll Love

Easy Cabbage Soup Recipe

4.99 from 184 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Cabbage Soup recipe
An easy recipe for stuffed cabbage soup. Sauteed beef loaded with vegetables and cabbage in a rich tomato broth. This Cabbage soup is perfect for fall cooking.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


Servings: 6 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef, 80% or 85%
  • 2 Tbsp oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups green cabbage, chopped, from ½ large head
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, with their juice
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, or cilantro


  • In a dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp oil over med/high heat. Once hot, saute the ground beef for about 4-5 minutes or until cooked through, breaking it apart with a spatula as it's cooked. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste.
  • Once the meat is browned, add 1 Tbsp oil and chopped onion, and saute for about 2-3 minutes or until onions are tender. Add in the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add in the chopped cabbage, carrot, celery, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, 1 tsp salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaves and add in the fresh herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Per Serving

6g Serving324kcal Calories19g Carbs19g Protein20g Fat7g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat10g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat54mg Cholesterol1310mg Sodium1163mg Potassium4g Fiber13g Sugar2223IU Vitamin A37mg Vitamin C98mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cabbage Soup Recipe
Serving Size
6 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage roll soup, cabbage soup
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 324
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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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Recipe Rating


  • Laurie Nelson
    April 5, 2024

    Our family is freezing here in Cupertino, CA (45 degrees and windy) It’s April…so, I found this recipe and I’m going to make it this afternoon (I have all the ingrediants) so we can cozy up and watch the Warriors basketball game. Thank you!!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2024

      This is perfect for a cozy afternoon at home. I hope you love it.


  • Christine Goyette
    March 5, 2024

    I make this soup at least once a month, delish!
    I substitte the ground beef for hot italian sausage meat and garnish with sour cream, it’s a big hit at my house!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 5, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Christine!


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