Here’s a delicious and soul-satisfying soup for anybody who loves to eat cabbage rolls but just doesn’t have time to make them. Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup (sometimes called stuffed cabbage soup) is loaded with ground beef, tender cabbage, rice, tomatoes, and fragrant spices.
Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe
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I have to say that I wasn’t super keen on making cabbage roll soup. Maybe that’s because I really didn’t grow up eating a lot of cabbage (or soup for that matter) so it’s not exactly something I gravitate to where my taste buds are concerned.
But after the fifth person (yes, 5 people!) within just a few weeks of each other told me how much they loved cabbage roll soup, I decided to give it a try, however reluctantly.
Boy, did I get a surprise – cabbage roll soup IS fantastic!!
What to love about this easy Instant Pot soup recipe –
- This soup is healthy and very flavorful. Make it low-carb by eliminating the rice, if you’d like.
- It’s a great way to enjoy the flavors of cabbage rolls without all the work of rolling them one-by-one.
- It’s ready in minutes, but tastes like it has simmered all day.
What you’ll learn from this recipe –
- How to make this a vegetarian soup, if preferred
- Why this is a good soup for using ground deer meat (venison)
- Adding the spices at the beginning of the recipe (along with the ground beef) makes them especially flavorful
- Why this isn’t a great soup to freeze
Here are the ingredients you need to make stuffed cabbage soup –
- Lean ground beef
- Beef broth
- Crushed or diced tomatoes
- Long grain rice
- Brown sugar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Spices: smoked paprika, dried oregano leaves, bay leaf
- Sour cream and dried dill weed, as toppings, if desired
How to make Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup in 5 fast steps –
**Full, printable recipe card below – just scroll on down within this post to find it!
- Using the saute setting on the Instant Pot, preheat the pot. When the pot is nicely hot, add the ground beef, garlic, onions, paprika, and oregano, crumbling the beef as it cooks, cooking until the onions are translucent, approx. 6-8 minutes; turn off the Instant Pot. (FYI – the ground beef doesn’t have to be fully cooked at this point!)
- Add the remaining soup ingredients (except the sour cream and dried dill that can be used as a topping when the soup is served), stirring to combine.
- Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; choose the high pressure setting and set the timer for 15 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure. (Make sure the valve is set to the sealing position.)
- When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to immediately remove all the pressure from the Instant Pot. Carefully remove the Instant Pot lid to open; give the soup a gently stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve the soup topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of dried dill, if desired.
Answers to Common Questions Asked About This Recipe
Which tools are helpful for making cabbage roll soup?
- 6-Quart Instant Pot – I also really like using the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Silicone spatula spoons – great for stirring
- Chef’s knife – a good quality (sharp) knife makes it very easy to slice any and all vegetables
- Wooden cutting board – you need one that’s good sized for all your chopping/slicing needs
- Ladle – for serving, or use these long-handled measuring cups
Is cabbage roll soup a healthy soup?
Yes!! Using lean ground beef adds great protein to this hearty soup that also includes lots of great vegetables, broth, and rice to make it satisfying.
Is cabbage roll soup the same thing as stuffed cabbage soup and unstuffed cabbage soup?
It is. There are a variety of names for this cabbage soup, and they are all very similar in ingredients, consistency, and flavor.
Can this soup be made using ground chicken or ground turkey instead of ground beef?
Definitely. Nearly any type of ground meat is delicious in this soup, when replacing the ground beef. Try ground chicken, turkey, or bison.
Would this be a good soup for ground deer meat (venison)?
Yes. Sometimes ground deer meat can be a tad “gamey” in flavor which some folks may not especially prefer. If that’s the case for you, this is a good soup for venison since it’s very flavorful and incorporates smoked paprika and oregano, along with onions and garlic.
If I want to make this soup vegetarian by leaving out the ground beef, will it still be delicious?
Totally and completely. You will also need to substitute vegetable broth for the beef broth to make it vegetarian.
How do I slice the cabbage for this soup?
- Cut the head of cabbage in half, slicing through the stem ends.
- Lay one half cut-side down on your cutting board, turning it so that the stem-ends of the cabbage half are at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions.
- Using a sharp knife (I use my trusty 8-inch Chef’s knife), slice down through the cabbage, cutting off the stem end (at the 3 o’clock area); discard.
- Now, proceed to slice across the cabbage (from right to left, if you are right handed), making 1/2-inch wide strips. Next, cut the strips in half lengthwise so they will more easily fit onto a spoon, making the soup a bit easier to eat.
- To measure, lightly pack the cut cabbage pieces into the measuring spoon.
Is stuffed cabbage soup low carb?
If you leave out the rice, this would be considered a low carb soup, absolutely.
Can you freeze cabbage soups?
Technically, you can freeze this soup. However, I have to say that the consistency does change once it’s been frozen and it seems to be pretty “mushy” in texture. I find it best to eat this soup right when it’s prepared.
Can I cut this recipe in half?
Yep. And because you are making half as much, I’d reduce the cooking time in the Instant Pot by a couple of minutes.
Favorite bread recipes to enjoy with cabbage soup –
- BUTTERED ROSEMARY ROLLS
- FARM HOUSE HAM AND CHEESE ROLLS
- NO-KNEAD PEASANT BREAD
- DUTCH OVEN CRUSTY NO-KNEAD BREAD
And here’s a couple more cabbage recipes you might like to try –
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Printable Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe
Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
- 5 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage, may substitute 5 cups bagged coleslaw
- 6 cups strong beef broth
- 28 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes
- 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice may substitute long grain brown rice
- 2 Tbs. brown sugar
- 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- sour cream sprinkled with a bit of dried dill weed, as a topping if desired
- Using the sauté setting, preheat the Instant Pot (or any brand of electric pressure cooker). When the pot is nicely hot, add the ground beef, garlic, onions, paprika, and oregano, crumbling the beef as it cooks; cook for 6-8 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Turn off the Instant Pot. **FYI – the ground beef doesn't need to be fully cooked at this point.
- Add the remaining soup ingredients (except the sour cream and dried dill that can be added as a topping to serve), stirring to combine. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; choose the high pressure setting and set the timer for 15 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure. (Make sure the valve is set to the sealing position.)
- When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to immediately remove all pressure from the Instant Pot.Carefully unlock the lid and open the Instant Pot, giving the soup a gentle stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve the soup topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of dried dill, if desired.
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