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Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup (with stove-top directions included)

by Amy D

Instant pot cabbage roll soup is not only a cheap and easy recipe that makes a great weeknight dinner; it’s also so hearty, healthy, and absolutely delicious. 

Maybe you’re like me and you love cabbage rolls, but hate the work of stuffing and rolling them. This easy instant pot soup recipe is for you. I’ve also included stovetop directions in case you don’t have an instant pot yet. (Just jump in and buy one already! You won’t regret it!)

A bowl of instant pot cabbage roll soup with a soup spoon to one side.

If you haven’t pulled out your instant pot this winter yet you need to dust that sucker off. The instant pot was made for quick and easy soups. Cook time gets reduced to just a few minutes. No need to worry about stirring it or it boiling over. You don’t even have to keep an eye on it. Check out my Instant Pot Recipes Board on Pinterest for more ideas and recipes!

My personal instant pot favorites include:

The ingredients needed for the cabbage roll soup next to a cutting board with a head of chopped cabbage.

The ingredients in this recipe are pretty old fashioned. Nothing fancy or expensive needed to make it shine. Ground beef, cabbage, rice, onion, garlic, tomato paste, tomatoes, broth and seasonings. I love keeping it simple and serving this soup with an easy bread like cornbread or beer bread.

Step by step: Making Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

Ground beef is browned with onion and garlic in the instant pot.

Step 1: Turn the instant pot to saute and brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. Press cancel and drain the grease leaving a little in the instant pot.

Next, the seasonings, tomato paste, tomatoes and broth are added to the instant pot.

Step 2: Add the seasonings, tomato paste, canned diced tomatoes and broth to the instant pot. Stir to combine.

And lastly, the cabbage and rice are added to the instant pot.

Step 3: Add the rice and chopped cabbage to the instant pot last. Give it a stir to make sure it’s all combined. Then seal the instant pot and cook on manual for 5 minutes.

A ladle full of the finished instant pot cabbage roll soup.

Step 4: When the timer goes off, let it set for 10 minutes before releasing the steam.

Making it on the stove top instead:

You can also easily make this on the stove top instead. To make it on the stove top, just brown your ground beef with onions and garlic. Drain any excess grease. Add the remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow it to simmer for 25 minutes or until your rice is tender and so is the cabbage.

Recipe notes:

  •  One thing you should know about this recipe is the longer it sits the thicker it gets. So leftovers will be way less soupy as the rice absorbs the broth.
  • This soup freezes well. Try portioning it out into freezer bags for easy storing and thawing!
  • Ground pork, ground turkey, and ground venison all work well in this recipe.

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Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup ( with stove-top directions included)

Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup ( with stove-top directions included)

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you love cabbage rolls, but hate the work of stuffing and rolling them then this soup is for you. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (28 ounce can) diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • ⅔ cup long grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn your 6 quart or larger electric pressure cooker to the "Saute" setting and brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic making sure to break the meat up into small pieces as it cooks. Once the ground beef is completely browned, press the cancel button on the cooker. If there is an excess amount of grease from the beef, drain it off before continuing.
  2. Add the seasonings, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and beef broth to the cooker.
  3. Next add the rice and cabbage, stirring everything to make sure it's well combined.
  4. Put the lid on and make sure the vent is set to the "seal" position. Cook on Manual pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. After the timer has gone off, let the steam naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining steam with a quick release.


Stove top instructions:

You can also easily make this on the stove top instead. To make it on the stove top, just brown your ground beef with onions and garlic. Drain any excess grease. Add the remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow it to simmer for 25 minutes or until your rice is tender and so is the cabbage.

Notes

*Ground pork, ground turkey, and ground venison all work well in this recipe in place of the ground beef.

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