This unstuffed cabbage roll soup recipe has all the flavor of cabbage rolls without the time-consuming rolling and stuffing!

Cabbage is simmered in a beefy tomato broth with cauliflower rice and savory seasonings.

It’s perfect for a comforting cozy starter, lunch, or dinner!

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Best Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

  • Light on calories and low-carb, this classic dish has a big flavor and is as healthy as it is easy to make!
  • Make this popular crowd-pleasing dish and transfer it to a crockpot to keep it warm so guests can help themselves. Serve with keto biscuits and a garden salad.
  • Cabbage roll soup freezes beautifully so you’ll want to double up and have some for later!
Ingredients to make cabbage roll soup labeled:beef broth, worcestershire sauce, riced cauliflower, ground beef, salt & pepper, diced tomatoes, cabbage, tomato paste, onion, marinara sauce, garlic, thyme, bay leaf

Ingredients & Variations

Cabbage – Any color of cabbage will do! Be sure to peel away any torn or discolored leaves and chop cabbage into bite-sized pieces. Bulk it up with a bag of coleslaw, if you like.

Beef – Ground beef or pork is perfect for this recipe, but it can also be omitted for a vegetarian version and no one will notice!

Broth – For the best health benefits, choose low-sodium broths like beef, chicken, or vegetarian. Look for low-carb and sugar-free marinara or pasta sauce and canned tomatoes. Stir in some sour cream or Greek yogurt if you want a creamier soup.

Seasonings – Thyme, Worcestershire sauce, a bay leaf, and a dash of pepper add savory flavor to cabbage roll soup, but you can add Italian seasonings for even more flavor if you like.

Variations – Switch out the beef for sliced summer sausage, diced ham, or leftover shredded chicken or turkey. Low-carb veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, celery, zucchini, and diced turnips add extra texture and flavor.

How to Make Cabbage Roll Soup

Tender chunks of cabbage are simmered in a beefy tomato broth with cauliflower rice and savory seasonings.

  1. Cook onion, garlic, and beef in a large pot. Drain any fat.
  2. Stir in cabbage and cook until slightly softened (per the recipe below).
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until soup is thickened. Remove the bay leaf.
  4. Garnish cabbage roll soup with cracked black pepper, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme or parmesan cheese, if desired.
Cabbage roll soup being ladled into a bowl

Tips & Tricks

  • Cabbage can be grated in a food processor for a smoother soup. This also helps it cook faster and soak up more flavorful broth.
  • Sautee the cabbage in leftover bacon grease to add a smoky flavor to the cabbage and caramelize the edges.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftover cabbage roll soup will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. The rice may soak up some of the broth so add a bit of water or broth if needed before reheating on the stove.

Freeze soup in zippered bags on a baking sheet and then stack them upright in the freezer to save space! Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe

This cabbage roll soup recipe has all the flavor of cabbage rolls, but served in a cozy soup form!
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef , or lean ground pork
  • 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes , with juices
  • 4 cups cabbage , chopped
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth , low sodium
  • 1 cup low carb marinara sauce
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper , to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat, brown onion, garlic, and beef until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add cabbage to pot and stir until slightly softened, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered, on low until cabbage is tender and soup is slightly thickened (about 30 minutes). Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.


  • For a smoother soup, try grating the cabbage in a food processor. Cabbage will cook faster and soak up more broth.
  • Sautee the cabbage in bacon grease for a smoky and delicious flavor addition.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1027mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American

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