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cabbage roll soup in a white pot.
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Cabbage Roll Soup

This easy cabbage roll soup consists of ground beef, rice, spices, and cabbage. Enjoy a bowl of this delicious soup with crusty bread for the ultimate lunch or dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 376kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef 93% lean
  • 1 cup white rice long grain
  • 4 cups green cabbage roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red crushed pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil
  • parsley optional
  • lemon optional


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, break it up with a wooden spoon, and let it brown completely.
  • Add the onions and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the cabbage, cover the pot, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Uncover the pot and stir in the red crushed pepper, tomato paste, paprika, Italian seasoning, granulated garlic, onion powder, oregano, garlic, and brown sugar. Cook for 1 minute. 
  • Stir in the chicken stock, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Let it come to a boil, then add the rice. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 25 minutes while stirring frequently.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add more chicken stock if needed. 
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. 


  • Stir the soup frequently otherwise the ground beef and rice will stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • The soup will thicken a lot while it simmers, make sure to add extra liquid, if needed.
  • Season the soup generously with salt and pepper for best results. Also, make sure to include the brown sugar to help balance the acidity from the tomato sauce.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 920mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4567IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg