Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup is an easy, low carb meal, soup made with a blend of cabbage and hearty ground beef, in a savory tomato broth.

bowl of INSTANT POT CABBAGE ROLL SOUP


 

The colder temperatures of winter has me craving hearty, low carb, comfort food like this Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup. It’s a blend of tender cabbage, hearty ground beef, and a mix of carrots and onions, cooked in a savory tomato broth.

This is sometimes called a lazy man’s stuffed cabbage because it is basically an unstuffed cabbage roll or deconstructed cabbage roll with extra broth to make it a soup. No matter what name it goes by, you will definitely call it delicious!

Instant Pot soup is perfect for quick lunches and easy dinners. Make sure to try out a few of our other simple recipes like Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup, Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup, and Instant Pot White Chicken Chili.

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. That means if you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Thank you!

ingredients for INSTANT POT CABBAGE ROLL SOUP

What You’ll Need

This cabbage roll soup recipe is basically an unstuffed cabbage roll simmered in a flavorful tomato-based broth. The ingredients include:

  • Ground beef – You can use a lean ground beef for this recipe, such as 93/7. Regardless of the beef you use, you’ll want to drain the excess fat from the beef before make your soup.
  • Onion – A medium yellow onion is best, but you can use a white onion if needed.
  • Garlic – Garlic makes everything better! Use fresh garlic and mince it yourself or to save time, you can buy a jar of minced garlic.
  • Cabbage – Regular green cabbage is best for this recipe. Cut it into bite sized pieces before cooking.
  • Tomatoes – You’ll be using diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to make this simple. If you want this to be a keto recipe make sure you choose a brand that has no added sugars.
  • Beef broth – Beef broth gives this dish a deeper depth of flavor but in a pinch you can use chicken broth.
  • Carrot – Just a little bit of carrot is all you need!
  • Worcestershire sauce – This is the secret to the distinct flavor of the beef in cabbage roll soup. Don’t skip it!
  • Apple cider vinegar – Just a little vinegar helps to offset the acid in the tomatoes and brighten the flavors in the soup.
  • Spices – You’ll use a blend of parsley, oregano, bay leaves, salt, & pepper

If you want to make the soup even heartier serve it over cauliflower rice (to keep it keto) or cooked long-grain white rice.

bowl of INSTANT POT CABBAGE ROLL SOUP

New to using an Instant Pot? Make sure you read our beginner’s guide on “How to Use an Instant Pot” to get started!

How to Make Cabbage Roll Soup in an Instant Pot:

Step 1 – Brown beef – Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the ground beef, browning it for 7-10 minutes. Drain grease and set aside.

Step 2 – Add additional ingredients – Add olive oil, onions, and garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté for 5 minutes. Press CANCEL to turn off the sauté mode.

Step 3 – Add remaining ingredients – Place the ground beef, cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, carrot, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, parsley, oregano, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper, into the Instant Pot with the onions and garlic. Lock lid in place and turn valve to SEALING.

Step 4 – Set pressure –Set to HIGH pressure for 15 minutes.

Step 5 – Release pressure – When timer goes off press CANCEL and let the Instant Pot do a 5 minute natural release before turning valve to VENTING and releasing the remaining pressure.

How to Make Cabbage Roll Soup on the Stove top:

Step 1 – Brown beef – In a large pot add the ground beef, browning it for 7-10 minutes. Drain grease and set aside.

Step 2 – Add additional ingredients – Add olive oil, onions, and garlic to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes.

Step 3 – Add remaining ingredients – Place the ground beef, cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, carrot, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, parsley, oregano, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper, into the pot with the onions and garlic.

Step 4 – Cook – Cook over medium low heat for 1 hour, or until cabbage is cooked through.

two bowls of INSTANT POT CABBAGE ROLL SOUP

What Meat Goes Well With Cabbage?

Any kind of meat you like will go well with cabbage. Ground beef, ground pork, even Italian sausage if you prefer. If you are cutting down on calories or avoiding red meat you could also use ground turkey or chicken.

Any of these meats will help you make a delicious crockpot cabbage roll soup.

What Kind of Cabbage Do You Use for Cabbage Rolls?

Green cabbage used most often. It is thick and hearty and holds up well to being simmered in the broth as the soup cooks. It also holds up to being reheated. Savoy cabbage is another cabbage that is often used for cabbage rolls. It has a ruffled texture that gives it a different mouth feel but it is also hearty enough to hold up to being simmered.

Red cabbage is not recommended as it has a different flavor that changes the dish.

Can You Freeze Cabbage Roll Soup?

Yes, you can! Let the soup cool completely and then place it in a freezer safe container, or freezer bag to save space, and place in the freezer. To reheat let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in a saucepan over medium low heat until warmed through.

How to Store It

Store your leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

This unstuffed cabbage roll soup freezes well. Let it cool completely, then place in a freezer safe container. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it in the fridge overnight and reheat in a saucepan on the stove.

spoonful of INSTANT POT CABBAGE ROLL SOUP

Looking for More Instant Pot Recipes?

Like this recipe?
Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for more recipes like this.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup (with stove top instructions)

Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup is an easy, low carb, Instant Pot soup recipe made with a blend of cabbage and hearty ground beef, in a savory tomato broth.
bowl of INSTANT POT CABBAGE ROLL SOUP
Print Recipe
4.27 from 19 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

Instant Pot:

  • Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the ground beef, browning it for 7-10 minutes. Drain grease and set aside.
  • Add olive oil,onions, and garlic to the Instant Pot and saute for 5 minutes. Press CANCEL to turn off the saute mode.
  • Place the ground beef, cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, carrot, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, parsley, oregano, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper, into the Instant Pot with the onions and garlic.
  • Lock lid in place and turn valve to SEALING.
  • Set to HIGH pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When timer goes off press CANCEL and let the Instant Pot do a 5 minute natural release before turning valve to VENTING and releasing the remaining pressure.

Stove top:

  • In a large pot add the ground beef, browning it for 7-10 minutes. Drain grease and set aside.
  • Add olive oil,onions, and garlic to the pot and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Place the ground beef, cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, carrot, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, parsley, oregano, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper, into the pot with the onions and garlic.
  • Cook over medium low heat for 1 hour, or until cabbage is cooked through.

Notes

Note: The time listed in recipe is for the Instant Pot version.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 1046mg, Potassium: 605mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1565IU, Vitamin C: 20.7mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage roll soup, cabbage roll soup recipe, stuffed cabbage soup, unstuffed cabbage roll soup
Handwritten signature for Kat & Melinda