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Flavorful Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe






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Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

35 minutes


6 bowls


240 kcal


Beth Pierce


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 14 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or fresh thyme


  1. Brown the Beef:
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the ground beef. When it’s about halfway browned, add the onions and carrots. Cook until the onions are soft.
  1. Season the Beef Mixture:
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add the garlic, paprika, oregano, and thyme. Cook for 1 minute while stirring.
  1. Add Ingredients:
  • Stir in the cabbage, beef broth, tomato sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, brown sugar, bay leaves, and rice. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  1. Season and Garnish:
  • Season the soup with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or thyme before serving.


  • Variations: Ground turkey, ground pork, or pork sausage can be substituted for the ground beef. Cauliflower rice can be used for a low-carb option.
  • Make Ahead: If planning to save some for another meal, split the batch before adding the rice. Refrigerate the portion without rice. Add rice when reheating.
  • Fire-Roasted Tomatoes: These tomatoes add a smoky sweetness to the soup. They can be found with other canned tomatoes at the grocery store.
  • Storage: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. For best results, add rice when reheating to prevent mushiness.
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Enjoy this flavorful and satisfying Cabbage Roll Soup, a perfect blend of classic flavors with minimal effort!