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One Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

One Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

This one pot Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup recipe is hearty, filling and made in just one pot, for easy clean up. Our easy Cabbage soup is  loaded with cabbage, ground beef, rice, tomatoes and spices for a comforting dinner. Serve it with our Garlic Dinner Rolls for a complete meal. 

This traditional Hungarian Cabbage Roll Soup is highly adaptable to suite many different dietary restrictions and preferences. 

Cabbage Roll Soup Variations

Low Carb Cabbage Soup

To make this low carb, replace the rice with cauliflower rice (or omit all together) and omit the sugar. Tomatoes are high in carbs, so I’d cut back to one can of tomato sauce and add one can of tomato paste. Add extra beef broth to get the consistency you prefer. We also like this quick recipe, How to Make Cabbage Soup, if you’re looking for one without tomatoes.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls with Sausage

Just substitute sausage for the ground beef. No other edits are needed. Another great cabbage and sausage recipe is this Sauteed Cabbage and Sausage Skillet.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut

Replace equal parts of cabbage with sauerkraut. No other edits are needed.

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup in a large, dark non-stick pan with a black ladle.

Can You Freeze Cabbage Soup?

Yep. Few tips – soup will expand when freezing, so leave space in your container or Ziploc for it to expand. Unthaw overnight in the refrigerator or dump it directly into a large soup pan over low. This unstuffed cabbage soup is fantastic after being thawn.

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Two white bowls full of red unstuffed cabbage soup topped with green parsley.

One Pot UnStuffed Cabbage Soup

This flavorful and filling unstuffed cabbage soup has all the flavors of a cabbage roll, without all the work. This one pot winter soup is loaded with ground beef, cabbage, tomatoes, rice and spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Recipe, Fall Recipe, Soup Recipe, Winter Recipe
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Darcey Olson



  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef (I Prefer 85% Lean or Higher) (*Note 1)
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion (Diced)
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 Cups Chopped Green Cabbage
  • 2 Carrots (Peeled, Quartered, Sliced)
  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Beef Broth
  • 3 Cans Tomato Sauce (8 oz. each)
  • ½ Cup Uncooked Long Grain Rice
  • 1 Whole Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar (*Note 2)
  • ½ tsp Oregano Leaves
  • Sea Salt (To Taste)
  • Black Pepper (To Taste)


  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley


  • Add olive oil to a large dutch oven and heat over medium high. Once the oil is hot, add the ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon as it browns. Cook approx. 5-6 minutes (Note 1).
  • Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft. Push the meat mix to the side of the pan and add the garlic directly to the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the cabbage, carrots, beef broth, tomato sauce, rice, bay leaf, brown sugar and oregano to the pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil before reducing heat to medium low to keep it at a steady simmer. Let simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  • Remove the bay leaf and serve immediately. Sprinkle with parsley before serving if desired.


Note 1- I prefer 85% lean or higher beef so I don’t have to worry about draining excess grease. If you use a lower %, I recommend draining out the excess grease before proceeding to step 2.
Note 2- The sugar is used to balance out the acidity in the tomatoes, however you can easily leave it out if you want a “no sugar added” option for dietary reasons.
Note 3- Recipe adapted from The Wholesome Dish


Serving: 1Bowl | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 2149mg | Potassium: 1848mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4915IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 6mg
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