cabbage roll soup

Cabbage Roll Soup

cabbage roll soup

Cabbage Roll Soup

My grandmother made delicious cabbage rolls. I remember coming home and smelling them cooking in the kitchen. She would cook them in a large stock pot that was filled with individually wrapped rolls filled with hamburger and rice all in a tomato based liquid. I miss her cooking.

This is the “unstuffed” version of her Cabbage Roll Soup recipe.

I know that everyone thinks “yucky cabbage”.  And I am one of those with that opinion. The brown sugar adds a little sweetness to the liquid. The tomato juice helps adjust the flavor of the cabbage. The end result is not bitter but very flavorful. I love the taste of this soup.

My grandmother always serve her Cabbage Roll Soup with saltine crackers with butter on top of them. If I do not have French Bread, saltine crackers with butter is my go to. My kids at first laughed about this but once they tried it, they love it.

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air tight container for 5 to 7 days. I love eating leftover soup for lunch and will take a container a day for a couple days. 

Frugal Cooking Tips:

  • Purchase ground beef in bulk. Separate the ground beef into 1 pound freezer bags when you get home. Use a sharpie pen and write what the package contains and the date and freeze. Use as needed.
  • Tape a piece of paper on the outside of the freezer. Keep a pen handy. As items are used, cross them off the list and add any items as you place them in the freezer. Good way to not forget what you have in the freezer. 
  • Leftover cabbage leaves..make cabbage rolls to use the remainder of the cabbage. These do freeze nicely after cooking, if you have any left over. 

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Cabbage Roll Soup
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cabbage roll soup

Cabbage Roll Soup

Delicious cabbage rolls in a soup. Less than 10 ingredients in this easy to make soup that is ready in under an hour.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 People


  • 1 Pound Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion diced
  • 2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 4 Cups Green Cabbage coarseley chopped and stems removed
  • 4 Cups beef broth
  • 1 24 oz Tomato Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 Whole Bay Leaf
  • 3 Tablespoons Light or Dark Brown Sugar


  • On the stove top, brown the ground beef, onion and minced garlic. Drain any drippings.
  • Add the cooked ground beef, beef broth, tomato juice, uncooked rice, bay leaf, brown sugar and cabbage to a small stock pot.
  • Simmer the soup on low for 45 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  • Remove the bay leaf and serve the soup.
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