Cabbage Roll Soup

This Cabbage Roll Soup is a hearty, healthy and delicious dinner…and it tastes just like cabbage rolls!  Ready in 1 hour!

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Well here in Alberta it turned from summer into fall overnight.  One minute the air smelled like sunshine and lazy days, and the next it was all fall leaves and routine, but honestly I’m ready for it.  We had an amazing and busy summer, but now I am craving routine, sweaters, brown nail polish, shoes with socks, all things pumpkin, and fall comfort food.

I’m also finding myself in a nesting mode of sorts.  I think it’s due to back to school jitters and the fact that I now have two kids in junior high, and I’ve been worried about the transition to a new school and all the stuff that comes with teenagers.  Le sigh.  So I cook and bake to calm my worries.  Last week I made zucchini loaves, chocolate zucchini cake, monster cookies, chocolate chip cookies, bran muffins, hamburger soup and this cabbage roll soup.  See what I mean?  Nesting.  But at least the freezer is stocked.

Cabbage Roll Soup {A Pretty Life}

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to make a cabbage roll soup for so long, and I finally made one, and I have to say this soup is delicious!  It tastes just like a cabbage roll, but without all the fuss of having to roll them in cabbage.

Cabbage Roll Soup {A Pretty Life}

I think one of my most favourite things about this soup is the fact that is has a little bacon in it, which adds such a nice smoky flavour to the tomato base.  That and the fact that it’s loaded with delicious ingredients…ground beef, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, bacon…mmmmm, all the makings of cabbage rolls.

Cabbage Roll Soup {A Pretty Life}

I served our cabbage roll soup with a homemade braided pumpkin bread.  A perfect fall dinner, and comfort food for stressful days.



Cabbage Roll Soup

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This Cabbage Roll Soup is a hearty, healthy and delicious dinner…and it tastes just like cabbage rolls!  Ready in 1 hour!



  • 1 1/22 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 carrots (finely chopped)
  • 67 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon (chopped finely)
  • 210 oz cans beef consomme
  • 128 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 cups plain tomato sauce (basically 1 – 23 oz can)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a stock (soup) pot, brown the ground beef with the onions, garlic and carrots.
  2. When the beef is cooked, drain any excess grease.
  3. Return the pot to low-medium heat, and add the chopped cooked bacon. Cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the chopped cabbage and cook for about 2 minutes more.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients: consomme, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, sugar, rice and salt & pepper.
  6. Simmer for 35 – 40 minutes (or until the rice is tender).
  7. Enjoy!


This soup will thicken over time, so you may want to add more water or a water/consomme mix.

  • Category: Soup

Inspired by Spending With Pennies

Cabbage Roll Soup {A Pretty Life}

I hope you try this soup and love it too!

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Have a delicious day!


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  • Reply Barb September 8, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    I SWEAR I can smell it!! Yummy! Will be making this at Thanksgiving xo

  • Reply sabina Edwards September 11, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Looks very good…I often make lazy man cabbage rolls (the shredded cabbage instead of rolling lol) because of the amount of shredded cabbage my work place tosses out (most mondays) ..I’ll have to give this one a try soon!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 11, 2016 at 8:37 PM

      Oh I LOVE lazy cabbage rolls! If you like those you’ll definitely like this soup!

  • Reply Tabs January 5, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    I can’t wait to make this tonight! Do you add cooked or uncooked rice?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM

      Hi! You add uncooked rice…it will cook while the soup simmers. I hope you love it!!

  • Reply Leora January 11, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Can you sub low sodium beef broth for the consume???

  • Reply Leora January 11, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Wow! You are Johnny on the spot with responses. Appreciated, thanks!!

  • Reply Emily January 19, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    If you leave out the rice would you use a little less liquid?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM

      I would probably leave out about 1 cup of water…but you may not need to. This soup thickens quickly.

  • Reply Cara January 24, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Made this today, and we just enjoyed this for dinner! Everyone loved it. Great hearty soup for a cold January day in Cleveland!
    Thank you.

  • Reply Jennifer Alford May 20, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    Do you think I could turn my left over cabbage rolls into this soup? Have left over cabbage rolls and hate to throw them away. This soup looks and sounds amazing and wondered if I could repurpose my cabbage rolls into the soup??? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

  • Reply Seterria White December 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Can you use medium grain rice?

  • Reply Rose January 6, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    I make this soup but polish style. I make little meatballs and I add Brown sugar, white sugar, and lemon juice to make it sweet and sour. It delicious.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 8, 2018 at 3:54 PM

      Oh that sounds delicious! I love the idea of adding meatballs!

  • Reply Cooky February 3, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    I make what I call mock halupki, never thought about a soup. Looking for recipe for stuffed pepper soup. Had it in. Restaurant once, delicious!

  • Reply Jennifer March 1, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    This soup was a huge hit at our bible study the other night. Thank you for sharing it. My question is this serves 8 but how much cup wise is each serving? Thanks.

  • Reply Charlene August 8, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Awesome soup thank you!

  • Reply Erin D October 13, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    Really good soup! So glad I tried it.

  • Reply Sonia Harms October 15, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    I want to make this for supper tonight but don’t have any beef consommé! Will it be okay to just use beef broth? I read that beef consommé is thick and solid at room temperature. Do I need to do anything like add cornstarch to thicken the broth? Thank You!

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney October 15, 2018 at 10:40 AM

      Hi Sonia! Yes you can absolutely use beef broth instead. Consomme is a little thicker, but it’s not a problem to use beef broth instead, and you won’t need to add any cornstarch. Enjoy!

  • Reply Jr November 13, 2018 at 9:43 PM

    Can I cook this in a slow cooker

  • Reply Stephanie December 2, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Do I use cooked rice ?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM

      Hi Stephanie! No, use uncooked rice for this recipe. Enjoy!

  • Reply Amanda December 9, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Can this be cooked in slow cooker?

  • Reply Shirley January 8, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    This soup was Awesome! Just made it so good! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 9, 2019 at 7:38 PM

      This makes me so happy! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it Shirley!

  • Reply Summer January 27, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    This looks delicious! Can this be done in the slow cooker, adding cooked rice at the end?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 28, 2019 at 9:33 AM

      Hi Summer! I’m not sure…I’ve had this question quite a few times so I think I need to try it and see if it works. My only concern would be that the soup would end up overcooked and a little mushy…

      • Reply Summer January 28, 2019 at 12:54 PM

        Ok thank you for getting back to me. I think I will make it and we can just reheat it when we get home again.

  • Reply PS February 4, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    This soup is delicious; I did not use the bacon and I didn’t add the rice and it was still absolutely delicious. I will be making this again. .

  • Reply Nanette March 9, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    I’ve been searching for a cabbage roll soup for over an hour. Each one seemed to lack the rich taste I’m looking for. Then, boom! I came across yours. It has every ingredient I would want to put in the soup and I am making it tomorrow!

  • Reply Sue March 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    I just made it now
    Looks good
    Seems like a lot of tomato though

    Does the tomatoe mellow with cooking ?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney March 18, 2019 at 6:13 PM

      Hi Sue! Yes the tomato cooks down quite a bit, it’s definitely not an overly tomato flavoured soup. I hope you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Debi March 24, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    This is fabulous. I make many variations of this dish and like to try new recipes of this type of dish when I see them. This ranks among the best. We loved it. I think it yields more than 8, but that’s good for us!!
    I followed recipe as is except didn’t use rice, used beef broth, and for the tomato sauce, I used a 28 oz can of tomato puree. I also used 1/2 ground turkey, 1/2 ground beef. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney March 26, 2019 at 2:18 PM

      You are so welcome Debi, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I love to see how others tailor the recipe…that’s what makes it so great!

  • Reply Connie Herm April 5, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    I liked all the positive feedback so I think l’ll make this this weekend! I LOVE soup and love trying new recipes. One of my favorite things to make and share with my friends.
    Will pick up some Worcestershire sauce tomorrow. Used the last of mine on some stuffed peppers yesterday!
    Recipe looks really good. ~ Connie

  • Reply Connie Herm April 13, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    So GOOD! I even posted a video.Great feedback from the family. Was not a disappointment for sure!

  • Reply Kay Borer May 28, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    I am making this soup today. I am a type 2 diabetic and informed my slightly overweight husband we are going on a soup menu diet. He’s looking forward to it. Would like to know if I can substitute brown and wild rice for the white rice and beef bone broth for the consomme’? I am thinking of adding a cup of lentils, as well. Your picture of the finished product is mostly what inspired me to choose this recipe. The ingredients are healthy and being diabetic, healthy and mostly low glycemic is a good thing. Thanks for sharing.


    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney May 28, 2019 at 1:18 PM

      Hi Kay! I think brown rice would work great in this recipe, I’m just not sure about the wild rice, it might be too tough? And yes, absolutely you can substitute bone broth for the consomme. Also, if you’re adding lentils, make sure to increase the amount of broth you use as well. Enjoy!

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