Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we ate an awful lot of stuffed cabbage rolls during the summer months when cabbage was fresh and in season.
Ground beef, onion and rice wrapped in wilted cabbage leaves and then baked in a simple tomato sauce. The cabbage was so tender and delicious and took on a whole different taste from the beef and tomatoes.
It was probably one of the most favored meals of the summer. Served with corn on the cob and a big heaping serving of mashed potatoes.
This soup definitely reminds me of those delicious cabbage roll days, but much easier to prepare.
Easy cabbage roll soup is perfect for when you are short on time but want a delicious and healthy soup to feed your family for dinner.
Take this cabbage short-cut when you don't have time to chop vegetables but still want a delicious soup
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (10 oz.) bag organic coleslaw
- 1/2 cup white rice, uncooked
- 1 (32 oz) carton of beef broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 (6 oz.) tomato paste
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 juice of 1 lemon
Using a large soup pot with a heavy bottom, cook onions in olive oil for about 2 minutes.
Add ground beef in with the onions and brown beef until it is cooked through. Lightly salt and pepper beef while it is browning.
When beef is browned, add the organic coleslaw mix to the beef and cook for about 2-3 minutes. (Drain any excess grease from the pan.)
Add the 1/2 cup of white rice to the pan and again, cook for about 2 minutes. Salt and pepper as you cook.
Stir in tomato paste, beef broth, water, diced tomatoes, salt and thyme. Bring to a light boil.
Once soup is at a light boil, cover; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. (Stir once during cooking.)
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Let sit covered for 10 minutes.
When cooking soups with cabbage and rice, always have some extra beef broth or water on hand as the cabbage and rice will slowly start to absorb all the liquid and the soup will become thick.