The weather had me jonesin’ bad for stuffed cabbage rolls. A nice sunny day was a mean joke because the cold and snow returned, and I wanted something warm and comforting for dinner. Like this stuffed cabbage soup. No need to mess with making actual cabbage rolls, this soup combines all the same great flavors in a bowl without having to worry about stuffing boiled cabbage leaves. My wife proclaimed it ‘one of the best things we’ve ever made’ and I agree.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with traditional stuffed cabbage rolls. I’ve made them in the slow cooker. I’ve even made them on my smoker. But this stuffed cabbage soup is fantastic. Don’t let the seemingly long list of ingredients deter you from making it, either. It’s actually very simple.
I like to use my good ole trusty Dutch oven to make this soup and pretty much darned near anything like it on my stovetop. It’s nice and big and sturdy. That extra weight helps it maintain and distribute heat perfectly. As an added bonus, it’s actually pretty easy to clean up too!
Also try my bacon-smothered cabbage.
Stuffed Cabbage Soup
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 cup white rice uncooked
- 1 quart chicken stock plus 2 cups, divided
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 ½ teaspoons coriander
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons dried dill
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 carrot thinly sliced
- 1 head green cabbage cored, sliced thin
- 1 28-ounce fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 15-ounce tomato sauce
- 1 handful parsley chopped
- Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the rice and stir to coat.
- Stir in 2 cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and let simmer 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium-high heat add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Crumble in the beef and pork and cook until just starting to brown.
- Add the allspice, coriander, paprika, salt, pepper, bay leaf and dill. Stir.
- Add the onion, garlic and carrot and cook until the onion just starts to soften.
- Add the cabbage. Stir and cook until wilted.
- Stir in the remaining 4 cups of stock, diced tomatoes and stir tomato sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
- Stir in the cooked rice and season with more salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer for 5 more minutes then stir in the parsley.
- Serve hot.
Nutritional values are approximate.