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Cabbage roll soup in instant pot garnished with parsley

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup Instant Pot

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup Instant Pot is the deconstructed version of classic stuffed cabbage rolls in the soup form. This Cabbage roll soup Instant Pot recipe can be a scrumptious economical meal any day.
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Course: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup, Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup Instant Pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 peolpe
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Meghna
Cost: $5


  • 1 pound Hot Italian Pork Sausage **casings removed. You can use ground beef and pork in the 1:1 ratio or use only ground beef.
  • 5 cups cabbage **½ head of a small cabbage. Chopped into large ½ inch squares.
  • ½ cup long grain white rice **or jasmine rice
  • 1 cup onion **roughly chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp garlic **minced
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes **1 can. 425 g or use canned diced tomatoes.
  • 8 oz tomato sauce **1 can
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 5.5 cups chicken stock **use 7 cups for a thin soup. I used 3 tbsp better than bouillon dissolved in warm water.
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt **according to taste.


  • Set the Instant Pot on SAUTE function and keep it at HIGH heat setting. Add oil and when the oil becomes really hot gently release the hot Italian Sausage meat casings removed and brown the sausage really well. You may either drain out the excess sausage fat or use it in the recipe.
  • Once the meat is well browned add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Now, pour the chicken stock and de-glaze the pot very well scraping the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of a spatula. There should not be any food particles stuck at the bottom of the pot. This is to avoid the BURN error.
  • Now, add the seasonings like paprika, black pepper powder, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire Sauce and give everything a quick stir. If you prefer a slight heat add red pepper flakes. We did not add any.
  • Next, add the diced tomatoes , tomato sauce and the tomato paste and stir well to incorporate them into the the stock.
  • Add the long grain white rice and the chopped cabbage. Also, throw in the bay leaves and salt. Give everything a quick stir. CANCEL the SAUTE function.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for just 4 minutes.
  • Once, the pressure cooking cycle is over the Instant Pot will begin to beep. Immediately do a quick pressure release (QPR). Open the lid carefully.
  • The unstuffed cabbage roll soup is ready. Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot. This is a thick soup, more like a stew like consistency. If you prefer a thinner consistency read NOTES below. Enjoy!



  1. Want the soup spicy: Add ½ tbsp red pepper flakes while adding the other seasonings. You can also add choppe Jalapeno peppers for extra heat. We didnot add any kind of peppers.
  2. Thinner consistency Soup: Add 7 cups chicken stock. Todays recipe is more like a stew, a thick soup. That's how we love our cabbage roll soup.
  3. Seasonings amount: Well, we would recommend that you play around with the seasonings and certainly can add more than what's recommended in the recipe. It's totally upto you.
  4. Cabbage Size: Do not chop the cabbage finely or into smaller pieces, The cabbage will totally disintegrate into the soup. Chop the cabbage into 1 inch squares for a good mouthfeel.
  5. Ground meat which one to use? You may use Italian sausage + ground beef in 1:1 ratio. You can also make the recipe with only ground beef or with only Italian pork sausage just like we did.
  6. Rice: Use either white long grain rice or Jasmine rice. DO NOT use any other rice variety.
  7. Something about crushed tomatoes: You can use regular crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. If you love spicy food you can also use Rotel diced Tomatoes. We used regular crushed tomatoes. Honestly I make the soup with whatever I have in my pantry.
  8. Storing Tips: The unstuffed cabbage roll soup will last for 4 days in the fridge. Store it in air tight containers. The soup tends to thicken in the fridge. You can add splashes of water while re-heating.
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Nutrition Facts
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 737mg32%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 774IU15%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg