The Best Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

This hearty and flavorful Cabbage Roll Soup captures all the deliciousness of traditional cabbage rolls but with less effort. It’s a perfect comfort food for cold days and makes a great meal for the whole family.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small head of cabbage, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
  • Chop the onion, garlic, cabbage, carrots, and red bell pepper.
  • Measure out the rice and other seasonings.
  1. Cook the Ground Beef:
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  • Drain any excess fat.
  1. Sauté the Vegetables:
  • Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pot with the browned beef.
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  1. Add the Remaining Ingredients:
  • Stir in the chopped cabbage, carrots, and red bell pepper.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth.
  • Mix in the uncooked rice, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, dried thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
  1. Simmer the Soup:
  • Bring the soup to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  1. Final Touches:
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  1. Serve:
  • Ladle the soup into bowls.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Enjoy your hearty and comforting Cabbage Roll Soup!

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