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Stuffed Cabbage Soup made with ground beef, rice, cabbage and fresh tomato sauce on your stovetop in just thirty minutes. This hearty rich soup is cozy and perfect for those cold winter nights!

It comes together in 30 minutes so it is easy and idea for a busy day! Serve this soup with a nice Caesar Salad and some Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls for the perfect healthy meal!

Hearty Stuffed Cabbage Soup full of veggies, hamburger and rice.

Stuffed Cabbage Soup Recipe

Similar to Stuffed Cabbage Casserole, this soup is an easier and less involved recipe than the classic stuffed cabbage rolls your grandma used to make. But it still has the classic flavor and warm rich goodness. And just like most soups the leftovers, if you have any are even better.

There are lots of ways to adapt the soup to your liking, which I love. Make it yours however you want, just make it! You won’t regret it, this will quickly become a family favorite.

Soup Ingredients

Using pretty much the same ingredients as a cabbage roll, these come together in a pinch!

  • Ground Beef: Use lean ground beef for less fat
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
  • Onion: Flavor booster
  • Butter: For Sautéing the onions
  • Cabbage: half a head cut into wedges
  • Canned Chopped Tomatoes: Don’t drain this 8 ounce can
  • Canned Crushed Tomatoes: Adds more tomato without the chunks
  • Beef Broth: Adds liquid with incredible flavor. You can sub out vegetable broth if desired.
  • Italian Seasoning: Perfect combination of spices.Sauté
  • Rice: Pre-cooked

Making Cabbage Soup

In 30 minutes you can have a hearty dish  on the table.

  1. Crumble: In a large pot over medium heat add the ground beef and cook and crumble. Drain and set aside on a plate.
  2. Sauté: Cut two Tablespoons butter into the pot and sauté the onions till tender. Remove and set aside with the beef
  3. Wilt: Place two more Tablespoons of butter in the pot and add the cabbage and cook till tender and wilted. Add the ground beef and onion back to the pan.
  4. Add:  Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomatoes, beef stock, Italian seasoning and let simmer for 15-20 min.
  5. Stir:  Stir in the Rice right before serving and add salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make Cabbage Soup in the Slow Cooker

  1. Browning: Brown the beef and the cabbage over high heat with the butter like directed.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Add the ingredients (except with one less cup of beef stock and don’t add the rice yet) into the slow cooker and cook on high heat for 2 hours or on low heat for 5 hours.
  3. Rice: Add in the rice just before serving.

Making Stuffed Cabbage Soup on the stove.

Tips and Variations for Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Most people when making this will boil together all the ingredients which would still be a delicious soup, but with just a couple of adjustments it can be an even more amazing soup!

  • Browning: Start by browning the beef really well, getting a good deep browning on the meat.
  • Cabbage: Remove the beef you add in the cabbage in a couple of batches, browning the cabbage on high heat before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Meat:  This can also be made with ground chicken or turkey to lighten it up. You can also add ground pork to add a bit more spice.
  • Bulk:  In addition to using the cabbage you can also add in cauliflower as well to bulk up the soup.
  • Beefier: To make the soup richer you can add in some beef base to the liquids or if you are using beef stock, you can also start with double the stock and cook it down in another saucepan before adding it to your soup. I keep beef base on hand instead of boxes of stock because it’s easier to control the strength of the stock. In this soup I would make it double the strength.
  • Veggies: If you want to add more vegetables to the soup you can add in some fresh spinach or green peas. You can also dice carrots and celery and add them in when browning the cabbage.
  • Freeze: Before adding the rice, let the soup cool and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge and bring to a low simmer on the stove. Add the rice before serving.

Hearty, rich and satisfying Stuffed Cabbage Soup.

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Stuffed Cabbage Soup

4.86 from 21 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Stuffed Cabbage Soup made with ground beef, rice, cabbage and fresh tomato sauce on your stovetop in just thirty minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 People


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  • In a large pot over medium high heat add the ground beef and cook and crumble. Drain and set aside on a plate. Add two tablespoons butter and onion and sauté until tender. Remove and set aside with ground beef.
  • Add in 2 Tablepoons butter and cabbage and cook until the cabbage is tender and starts to wilt. Add the ground beef and onion back to the pan.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, beef stock and chopped tomatoes, and italian seasoning and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add in rice before serving and salt and pepper to taste.



Updated on December 3, 2020
Recipe Posted on January 23, 2018


Calories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 689mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 448IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I used it as a base but made it more like a deconstructed sarma (croatian or serbian cabbage rolls). I rendered down spek before cooking the onions and cabbage instead of using any butter. I also add a smoked pork bone in for that extra depth of flavour, plus paprika. So yummy!

  2. 5 stars
    Cooked for New Years. Family loved and requested recipe. I loved flavor and that is was quick and easy. Only change was a little Tony’s cajun seasoning added and i cut cabbage in thin strips.

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent and easy fix.. I had two bowls myself right when it was done. Delicious.. fyi I skipped the rice as to keep lower on carbs and didn’t miss it at all 😊 this one is a winner!

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe, I made this, but didn’t have crushed tomato. I substituted spaghetti sauce and skipped the Italian seasoning. It was really good. I’ve made it twice in 2 weeks 😀

  5. I added some nutmeg as I do when I make stuffed cabbage…it really brings out the flavor… and 3 tsps of better than bullion ( beef to 3 cups of water )