Easy Cabbage Roll Soup takes all the flavors you love from stuffed cabbage rolls but turns it into soup form! Full of flavor, filling, and simple, this unstuffed cabbage roll soup is sure to be a family favorite.
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I love cabbage rolls, but I have to say, making them is a lot of work. Unstuffed cabbage roll soup is the best of both worlds – you get all the delicious flavors of traditional cabbage rolls but with way less effort!
GROUND BEEF– Regular, lean, or extra lean ground beef works in this recipe. I like to use sirloin because it is lean and has great flavor. If your beef gives off grease, make sure to drain it before proceeding to the next steps so you don’t have greasy soup.
CABBAGE – Chopped cabbage – how big or small you chop it will be your preference, but remember it will wilt when cooked.
ONION – I use yellow onion in this soup because it is mild and a bit sweet. White onion is stronger but will work well, too.
CARROTS – Diced or shredded carrots, up to you.
BEEF BROTH – Beef broth is used as the base of the soup.
TOMATO SAUCE – Canned tomato sauce gives color, flavor, and depth.
RICE – I like to use white rice, brown will work as well. It cooks right in the soup.
GARLIC – Fresh is best but I often use minced garlic packed in oil that I always have on hand.
OLIVE OIL – Olive oil is used to sautée the ground beef. It is fully cooked fully before it goes in the soup. If you’re using a fattier cut of beef, you can skip the oil.
SALT & PEPPER– because everything is better with salt and pepper!
TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU
- Stock Pot – Stock pots are so great to have if you make soup often! This one is perfect for stovetop but it’s also oven safe.
- Meat Masher – I use this masher all the time! I love it because it breaks the meat up quickly.
- Veggie Chopper – This veggie chopper will cut your prep time in half! It’s so convenient and way quicker than chopping veggies up with a knife.
- Souper Cubes – These pre-portioned trays make it so easy to prepare this soup ahead of time and freeze it!
HOW TO MAKE CABBAGE ROLL SOUP
One of the things I love most about this recipe is that it’s so easy to make. It’s made in just one pot and takes 40 minutes from start to finish!
STEP ONE: Heat the olive oil in a stock pot over medium high heat, then add the beef. Break it up into smaller pieces as it cooks until it’s fully browned and no pink remains.
STEP TWO: Add the diced onions and carrots into the pot and cook for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
STEP THREE: Next, add in the minced garlic and chopped cabbage. When the cabbage becomes tender, it’s time for step four!
STEP FOUR: Add the beef broth, tomato sauce, uncooked rice, salt, and pepper into the stock pot and mix everything together until combined.
STEP FIVE: Bring the soup to a boil, then turn down the heat to let it simmer until the rice is fully cooked. This should take around 30 minutes.
HOW TO STORE CABBAGE ROLL SOUP
Cabbage roll soup makes great leftovers! You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for between 3-5 days. The rice will absorb some of the liquid over time, so the soup will become thicker. If you prefer it a bit thinner, just add in a little extra beef broth when you reheat it!
If you are planning to make the soup ahead of time, you can also leave out the rice and add cooked rice to the soup when serving.
CAN YOU FREEZE UNSTUFFED CABBAGE ROLL SOUP?
Absolutely you can! You can freeze the soup using a pre-portioned freezer tray, tightly sealed freezer bags, or an airtight container and it will last for around 2 months. It’s a great recipe for meal prep!
CAN I MAKE IT IN THE SLOW COOKER?
You can absolutely make this soup in the slow cooker. You’ll still need to do the first step of browning the meat on the stove, but then you can add the rest of the ingredients, except for the rice, to the slow cooker. Cook it on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. In the last 20 minutes of cooking, add in the rice so it can cook right in the slow cooker. Longer than that you risk it getting mushy.