Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup

Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup from @kitchenmagpie

Ok fine, so Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup isn't a pretty soup. In fact, it's so ugly I had no idea how on earth I was going to photograph it so that anyone would be enticed into making it. I could beg and please with you guys ” Seriously! It's so delicious!” but instead I cheated.

Let me distract your eye to the gorgeous vintage tablecloth I thrifted the other day and of course, one of my working pieces of Pyrex.


I love the 70's brown Pyrex. Hey, everything has to have a use. My pinks and turquoise collection is there to beautify my house and my browns are my workhorses. I can put them to work, they are cheaper than their colourful counterparts and you know what?

This photo makes me love my 1970's Woodland set of cinderella Pyrex bowls.

It suits that soup, darn it.

Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup from @kitchenmagpie

That tablecloth, though. It was brand new and still had creases in it. I'd wager it's the same time period, the 1970's. Someone took it out of their closet, donated it and of course, my eagle eye spotted it right away, knowing that it would be an excellent photo prop. Not only that, it's a popular choice around the house when it comes time to set the table.

Oh, did you want to talk about soup? I guess we can talk about that ugly soup.

It's delicious. It's healthy, hot, steamy, full of Ukrainian flavour amazing. It tastes like my Grandma's Cabbage rolls, without the actual rolling part. Which means that Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup is much easier than making cabbage rolls.

Did I mention healthy? This packs a healthy punch here folks. This is the kind of cabbage soup diet that I could be on!

Well, not really. Let's face it, desserts are pretty awesome. Man cannot live on cabbage soup alone, but he can make this for dinner this week!

Happy cooking babes!

Love you more than chocolate,



Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup from @kitchenmagpie



4 from 3 votes
Cabbage Roll Soup
Prep Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Cabbage Roll soup, tastes exactly like cabbage rolls, but in soup form!
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion about 1 medium onion
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound lean ground pork
  • 6-7 cups of packed cabbage I tear the pieces into large bite size
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 oz can of diced tomatoes 28
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or to taste
  • 2 leaves bay
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the onion, garlic and minced pork and beef in the pot.
  3. Cook and stir until browned and crumbly,about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Drain the grease and return to the stove.
  5. Add chopped cabbage, fry for 3-4 minutes then add all the other ingredients to the mixture.
  6. Allow the soup to come to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and place a lid on the pot.
  7. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until the rice is cooked and the cabbage is softened.
  8. Remove the bay leaves.
  9. Serve!
  10. To re-heat any leftovers you may want to add additional beef broth to thin out the consistency, it can thicken up once in the refrigerator.




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  1. I love cabbage rolls but hate doing them. This soup is easy to make and it taste so good!
    Thanks a lot. Definitly a keeper!

  2. Soup easy to make, substituted bacon fo ground pork. Can you can or freeze this soup?

  3. Nuala Robinson Reply

    Your soup looks delicious and with a slight mod, will fit perfectly into my dietary needs. I’m making a list of ingredients and trying this tonight!

  4. Kris Farkas Reply

    I made this for supper last night. It was delicious and WAY easier than making cabbage rolls!

    • The Kitchen Magpie Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it!! Yes, cabbage rolls take a lot of time lol.

  5. Colman1287 Reply

    You say to fry the cabbage for “304” minutes. Is this an error?

  6. This is going to be great on Monday when it’s cold and rainy. I think I might substitute some sausage for the ground pork to give it a little spice.

  7. Shelley Samoleski Reply

    I made this for supper tonight, and it was delicious!! 🙂

  8. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    I have a crockpot recipe on the website! I keep meaning to make a smaller version!

  9. Sophie Amelia Reply

    I imagine this is delicious and you are right…easier than an afternoon of making cabbage rolls! Do you have a recipe for lazy perogies???

  10. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    Me too. I don’t have the time to make everything, all the time, so this soup makes me happy. Easier than an afternoon of cabbage roll making for sure!

  11. Lori Lewis Reply

    I was just thinking about making a soup like this but couldn’t track down a decent recipe!

    Thanks, will give it a go!

  12. Gil Livesay Reply

    My wife’s ancestry is Polish. I think this would go over well in our house. I love “heritage” cooking.

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