Cabbage Roll Soup


I made up this recipe after having a craving for cabbage rolls but no time to make them. This is a healthy, hearty recipe. So simple to make and can be adjusted to your liking. You can easily double the recipe and freeze leftovers in portions. Serve piping hot with crusty bread or garlic toast.

close up view of Cabbage Roll Soup in a pot with a wooden spoon
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups converted long-grain white rice

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (20 ounce) jar pasta sauce (such as Ragu®)

  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomato soup

  • 3 ½ pounds cabbage, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce


  1. Bring converted rice and 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot pan until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  3. Stir 2 cups water, cooked rice, pasta sauce, tomato soup, cabbage, onion, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce into beef. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Simmer until cabbage is soft and tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute broth for water. Make this soup as thick or as thin as you like by adjusting the water/broth at the end.

You can substitute canned diced tomatoes for the pasta sauce if you like it a little chunkier, and if you like even more of a tomato taste, add some tomato paste (but remember to add more water or broth).

This soup can be made super-quick if you cook and freeze your ground beef in large batches, then just take out what you need. All you are doing is reheating!

Some like to add sour cream or shredded cheese on top when serving. I love it with hot sauce in my own bowl.

This can also be made in the slow cooker. It freezes perfectly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

502 Calories
13g Fat
75g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 502
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 749mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 127mg 634%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1144mg 24%

* 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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