This hearty Cabbage Soup tastes like Cabbage Rolls but it’s easier and so comforting. It’s loaded with ground beef, veggies, and cabbage in a hearty tomato broth.
Cabbage is one of those staple fall and winter vegetables that are inexpensive and so versatile. We use it in some of our favorite recipes like Cabbage Casserole, or Coleslaw, and of course this Cabbage Soup.
- 1 lb ground beef, 80% or 85%
- 2 Tbsp oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups green cabbage, chopped, from ½ large head
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
- 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, with their juice
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 4 cups beef broth
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- ½ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, or cilantro
In a dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp oil over med/high heat. Once hot, saute the ground beef for about 4-5 minutes or until cooked through, breaking it apart with a spatula as it’s cooked. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste.
Once the meat is browned, add 1 Tbsp oil and chopped onion, and saute for about 2-3 minutes or until onions are tender. Add in the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Add in the chopped cabbage, carrot, celery, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, 1 tsp salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves and add in the fresh herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.
Can I make cabbage roll soup in a slow cooker?
Yes, brown the ground beef and onions and then add all the ingredients to the soup into the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours and or high for 4-5 hours. Add herbs and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.
Can I substitute the ground beef?
You can substitute ground beef for ground turkey, ground pork, or Italian sausage.
Can I add rice to my soup?
Add rice when adding the veggies and cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
Can I make this soup vegetarian?
This cabbage soup can easily be made vegetarian, just omit the ground beef, use vegetable broth and adjust seasoning to taste.