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Easy Cabbage Soup Recipe

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.

Make-Ahead

  • 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.

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Easy Cabbage Soup Recipe

4.99 from 97 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
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.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Keyword: cabbage roll soup, cabbage soup
Cuisine: American
Course: Soup
Calories: 324
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Facts
Easy Cabbage Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1310mg57%
Potassium 1163mg33%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 2223IU44%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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  • Judy Balliett Henderson
    August 29, 2022

    I’ve used sausage instead of hamburger. I think that’s gives it a more authentic taste of cabbage rolls.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 29, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, Judy. 🙂

      Reply

  • Pat Jackson
    August 12, 2022

    Love the recipe.

    How much rice should I add?

    Could orzo be a substitute for rice?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 13, 2022

      You can add rice when adding the veggies and cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender. I think Orzo would be fine as well. I have not tested the amount to add. You can add it to your preference.

      Reply

  • RUTH ANN ARADO
    July 10, 2022

    Just prepared this soup and is busy cooking and my kitchen has an ultimate aroma, can’t wait to try. Hope to try more of your recipes.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 11, 2022

      I hope you love it as much as we do! 🙂

      Reply

  • Debra Anderson
    March 15, 2022

    This sounds so good.
    Can I substitute beef sirloin or ribeye for the ground beef?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2022

      Hi Debra, I think that will work. Please let us know how that goes if you try that.

      Reply

  • Nancy
    February 28, 2022

    Thinking of trying this soup as it sounds delicious. Could I make with the bagged cabbage? Would you suggest 1 or 2 bags?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 1, 2022

      I have not tried this with bagged cabbage, but it should work. You need about 4cups. I am not sure how much each bag would yield. The texture will be different because bagged cabbage is generally sliced a lot thinner whereas for this recipe we chop it up in larger chuncks.

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  • Yolanda
    February 26, 2022

    I’ve never commented on one of these but for this one I had to. I made this soup last night and my husband, who happens to be my biggest food critic, said it was his favorite soup I have EVER made. I am a soup fan and I have to agree. If you love stuffed cabbage, without all of the work, this soup is amazing. I added a few red pepper flakes for a little kick. 10 star. Glad I found it

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2022

      It sounds like you have a new family favorite, Yolanda! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Karyl Hart
    February 26, 2022

    I just finished making the soup at 4 am( I couldn’t sleep) .the smell woke my husband out of a sound sleep.Delious !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2022

      I hope you both loved it!

      Reply

  • Linda D. Alexander
    February 20, 2022

    Love your simple recipes that look so family-friendly. And glad you are a Christian. We can cook for banquets in heaven some day!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 20, 2022

      Thank you for your appreciation, Linda. Enjoy and I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Julie Hewett
    January 30, 2022

    Making this today can I use a bag of frozen vegetables instead of carrots and celery? I’m making in my crock pot

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2022

      Hi Julie, I think that should be fine. If you try that, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Debbie Cohen
    January 29, 2022

    Making it now and threw in some portabella mushrooms I had . Smells delish.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2022

      That’s a great idea! Thank you for the wonderful review, Debbie!

      Reply

  • Jan
    January 29, 2022

    I had a cabbage soup in my freezer (just cabbage, onions, carrot, broth), and I used your recipe to enhance it. I added the tomatoes and I used two Impossible burgers (vegetarian) instead of the ground beef. It was delicious! I’ll definitely make this again. Спасибо!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Jan! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • cynthia
    January 24, 2022

    Just wondering how much this makes? I see that it serves six at 6 oz servings? So this would make about 6 cups? Is this correct?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2022

      Hi Cynthia, Ther 8 oz in a cup, so slightly less.

      Reply

  • Dave
    January 20, 2022

    Delicious! So simple and easy to make. I didn’t have the fresh herbs so I added a tablespoon of a dried “bavarian” herb and spice blend. Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Linda L Svoboda
    January 18, 2022

    I used spicy sausage and a cubed potato, and it was great! Served with homemade bread.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Rana
    January 13, 2022

    I would love to make this soup. My husband is diabetic. Is there something that can be used in place of the brown sugar or can it be left out? And is the higher carb count from the brown sugar or also from the cabbage? Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 14, 2022

      Hi Rana, it should be from the sugar. I think you can omit it from the recipe, it should still be fine. Please share with us how it goes if you try it.

      Reply

  • Diane
    January 11, 2022

    This soup is sooo good! So glad I ran across your video. It’s a keeper for sure.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Bonnie
    January 8, 2022

    So, SO delicious! Topped with cilantro and parsley. Plain Greek yogurt and shaved Parmesan.
    Super easy and quick. Will definitely be making this soup again.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      I’m glad that you found a new favorite!

      Reply

  • JoAnn
    January 6, 2022

    This cabbage soup recipe is delicious! The only change I made was I added some home-made hot sausage, along with the ground beef, which added some zing! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Thank you Natasha! LOVE your video’s and recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2022

      I am so glad you loved this recipe, JoAnn! Thanks a lot for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Natashas Kitchen
    January 4, 2022

    Hi Marybeth, I bet both could work!

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  • Gillian
    January 4, 2022

    I have purple cabbage in the freezer. Can I use that for this recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 4, 2022

      Hi Gillian, I recommend using green cabbage. I haven’t tried using purple yet so I’m not sure how it would turn out.

      Reply

  • Joanne
    January 3, 2022

    Quick question….do you drain the fat from the ground beef before going to Step 2?
    Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 3, 2022

      If it has too much fat, yes you can drain it before step 2.

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      • Terri Jones
        January 4, 2022

        I have always added rice to my meat mixture when I make cabbage rolls. What kind of rice would you recommend if wanted to add it to this recipe? I love soups and can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 4, 2022

          Hello Terri, it depends on your preference. I think you can use any long-grain rice or jasmine rice.

          Reply

    • Marta A Dickerson
      January 3, 2022

      I would like to can this soup. I am thinking that if I can everything but the cabbage, it should work. I can add the cabbage when I am ready to eat it. What do you think?

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  • Sherry
    December 18, 2021

    This is my new favorite food. I know nothing about cooking cabbage but wanted to use some up we had for tacos. This looked easy enough and it was. I added red pepper flakes and it is delicious. Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 18, 2021

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you found a new favorite on my blog!

      Reply

  • Carol
    November 9, 2021

    I am making it right now and it is easy and looks delicious… can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2021

      I hope you love it, Carol!

      Reply

  • Matia
    November 6, 2021

    Thank you for posting this cabbage soup recipe, I’ve just made it and it turned out delicious, and I am not an experienced cook!
    Very well balanced and hearty. I’ve substituted ground meat for turkey, and it tasted great.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2021

      I’m so glad you loved it, Matia! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Andrea
    October 23, 2021

    Made this soup and it is delish, finished my first bowl and heading for seconds. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Andrea!

      Reply

  • Terry Edward Ryhal
    October 23, 2021

    I made this soup today it’s not done yet so I don’t know what it’s going to turn out like yet but I was wondering if I can you add Barley to this soup?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      Hi Terry, I haven’t tried that to advise, but I imagine that may work here! If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Kim D
    October 20, 2021

    I’ve made this soup twice and I love it! And my husband loves it! And our cat Crazy loves it…he gets to lick the bowl when we’re done.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 20, 2021

      Aww, that is so sweet! I love that everyone gets a bite! Thank you for your great review!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 20, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Kim. Great to hear that the recipe was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Rhonda
    October 19, 2021

    Hi, if making in the slow cooker, when would you suggest adding uncooked rice?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 20, 2021

      Hi Rhonda, I honestly haven’t tested that yet to advise of the timing.

      Reply

  • Natalia
    October 17, 2021

    This soup is amazing! The best soup I ever had! My husband loved it too and it’s so easy to prepare

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      What a great review! Thanks, Natalia.

      Reply

  • Sandee Hardesty
    October 14, 2021

    Made soup today for dinner. Smells great and tastes even better….thanks Natasha for all your great recipes….

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      You’re most welcome, Sandee. I hope you’ll enjoy all the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Dante A. Royol
    October 14, 2021

    Very delicious soup recipe! my family enjoyed it when I prepared once during weekends, thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      Thanks for sharing, Dante. Great to hear that your family enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Suzanne
    October 13, 2021

    My mother used to make a sweet & sour version of this soup. I assume red wine vinegar is involved for the sour component. Would you know how much red wine vinegar to add to the recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2021

      Hi Suzanne, I’m not so sure as I haven’t tried that version yet. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Crissy Laurin
    October 13, 2021

    Definitely going to make this. If you wanted to add rice,how much would you suggest?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2021

      Sounds good, Crissy. it depends on your preference but I would probably just add a little.

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  • Debi
    October 13, 2021

    Made the soup last night & it has become my new all-time favorite. Once you have the prep of the ingredients done the soup comes together quickly.
    I did not have any beef broth so I substituted with chicken broth & added a tablespoon of Worcestershire & it was wonderful. Also added the green beans you had in the notes. Going to make some rice to pour the little bit of leftovers to stretch it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2021

      Sounds perfect! I’m glad you enjoyed this soup, Debi. Thank you also for sharing your experience making this recipe.

      Reply

  • Marci Chambless
    October 12, 2021

    Dear Natasha, do you by any chance make keshki or kanish? If so would love to see your recipe. Also it’s so nice what you are doing for the public with your blogs and videos. Thanks for laughter and your up personality. During this difficult time it’s greatly appreciated. Bless you and happy cooking .Marci

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    • Natasha
      October 13, 2021

      Hi Marci, we don’t have anything like that but it looks interesting and if we come up with something great, I’ll be sure to share it. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. It really means so much to me!

      Reply

  • Peter R Stowell
    October 12, 2021

    I would never make this because of the salt content; it’s high. But I can do workarounds to bring it down to a medically safe level

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    • Natasha
      October 13, 2021

      Hi Peter you can definitely adjust the salt by reducing the added salt and using low sodium broth.

      Reply

  • Julia
    October 12, 2021

    I love cabbage rolls but they are a bit fiddly to make, so I tried this soup version and now I am hooked! Delicious and so simple to make!

    Reply

  • Mary Scott
    October 12, 2021

    Just made this for lunch and it’s AMAZING! I can’t wait for my leftovers tomorrow!

    Reply

  • Ash
    October 12, 2021

    This recipe is so good and I love how easy and cost effective this is! Super nice and tasty as well!

    Reply

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