Slow-Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup


This slow-cooker cabbage roll soup has all the essential flavors of a classic cabbage roll and simmers away to create bold, warming flavors. This savory soup has just a hint of sweetness plus heat from hot sauce. The tomatoes and caraway seeds help create depth but don't overshadow the rest of the flavors. The brown rice garnish rounds out the dish.

Slow-Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup
Photo: Photography / Jennifer Causey, Styling / Ali Ramee / Audrey Davis
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (2 cups)

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 6 cups chopped green cabbage

  • 6 medium carrots, diagonally sliced (2 cups)

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs

  • 2 ½ tablespoons hot sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 2 (8.8-ounce) packages microwaveable brown rice, heated according to package directions, or 3 cups cooked brown rice, warmed


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add beef; cook, stirring often to break up the meat, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the beef, onion and drippings to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, broth, brown sugar, paprika, salt, caraway seeds and thyme sprigs to the slow cooker; stir to combine.

  2. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 hours on High or 6 hours on Low. Remove and discard thyme sprigs. Stir in hot sauce and parsley. Divide the soup among 8 bowls. Top evenly with rice; garnish with additional parsley, if desired.


5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

358 Calories
14g Fat
35g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Vitamin A 6726IU 135%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Potassium 669mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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