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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
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)
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked Long Grain Rice
  • 1 Whole Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar (*Note 2)
  • 1/2 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