Hearty Cabbage-Rutabaga Slow Cooker Soup


An easy and delicious weekday meal; just throw the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a hot and ready meal. I find it difficult to keep my roommate from sneaking scoops before dinner! If you are watching your sodium intake, use reduced or no-sodium broth and you are set! Recipe serves 6 as a reasonable size main dish, just add buns or biscuits to make it a full meal.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • ¼ large head cabbage, chopped

  • ¼ large rutabaga, diced

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked orzo pasta

  • ½ large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 whole head garlic, peeled and minced

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 cups vegetable broth


  1. Place cabbage, rutabaga, orzo pasta, onion, garlic, dill, water, and vegetable broth in a slow cooker.

  2. Cover the cooker and cook on Low until vegetables are tender and soup is thickened, 5 to 9 hours.

Cook's Notes:

For extra ease: use pre-chopped garlic and powdered/cubed broth. If using powdered broth, increase the water to 8 cups and just throw in the powder.

Also consider throwing all of the ingredients (minus water and prepared broth) into the crock of your slow cooker the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight. Then just add water and turn on your slow cooker when you wake up in the morning.

Extra delicious with homemade biscuits. This soup should freeze well, though it has never lasted long enough in my house for me to try it!

Feel free to substitute barley or rice in the place of orzo.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
1g Fat
49g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 33mg 163%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 341mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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