Stuffed Cabbage Roll Soup – We’ve taken classic stuffed cabbage rolls and made them easier than ever by turning the recipe into this hearty, warming, delicious soup. It’s amazing! (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly)
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a classic recipe that’s been around for AGES. Steamed cabbage leaves are stuffed with a filling mixture (usually meat and rice), rolled up tightly, then smothered in a tomato sauce and baked. It’s simple and inexpensive, and they’re one of those recipes a lot of grandmas have in their back pocket.
I love the idea of a traditional Stuffed Cabbage recipe, but I wanted to make them as easy as possible, which meant a lot less of the steaming and stuffing and rolling you do in a stuffed cabbage recipe, and a whole lot more “let’s just cook this in one pot, mmkay?”
This cabbage roll soup is my idea of perfect. It’s easy, inexpensive, and completely delicious. It’s also really flexible, so it fits into a LOT of different meal plans and eating styles. The perfect recipe to kick off the new year!
As I mentioned this cabbage roll soup is a flexible recipe, which I always love. You can use chicken or turkey sausage instead of pork. You can use ground beef or turkey and a few teaspoons of Italian seasoning. You can add plenty more veggies (see below for suggestions), and you can even swap out the rice for something else–brown rice, cooked quinoa, more veggies, etc. There are so many options!
It’s hearty and warming without weighing you down or throwing your healthy eating game off. I made this a few times while testing it, and it makes SUCH amazing lunches. The soup gets better with time, so the flavor will only appreciate and intensify as time goes on.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST CABBAGE ROLL SOUP:
PALEO? WHOLE30? NO PROBLEM! This cabbage roll soup is TOTALLY paleo & Whole30 friendly. Instead of using the rice, I’ve made this with grated zucchini and cauliflower rice. Of the two, I much preferred grated zucchini, but the choice is yours! You can also simply add more veggies instead. I like any combination of zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, and spinach/
WANT MORE VEGGIES? GREAT! Again, whether or not you include the rice, you can add 1-2 cups of almost any veggie here, but a few nice ones I’ve tried are carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, and spinach.
WATCH THAT SODIUM. If possible, I recommend buying or making lower sodium options of several of the ingredients, as this can become too salty. Our grocery store sells house-made chicken or pork sausage that doesn’t contain any fillers, nitrates, or “extras.” I make my own stock and use low-sodium vegetable juice for this.
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE SAUSAGE. I’ve made this with pork and chicken sausage, but you can absolutely use turkey if you prefer. Use whatever you like or what’s on sale!
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