Cabbage Soup with Rice

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Cabbage Soup with Rice – Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.
It’s Cabbage Soup with rice! It is quick to make, it is healthy, and it’s totally delicious. The rice is optional, but I kinda completely love it!

This is a sponsored post by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are 100% my own.

HI YA! Is that not the prettiest rainbow of colors in a pot? GREEN peppers + parsley, RED Tomatoes, ORANGE Carrots, YELLOW-ish Cabbage, PURPLE-ish cooked parsley, and a BLUE-ish backdrop.  Okay, so not a complete rainbow, but close enough. What matters most is that this soup is so dang good for us.

I first have to share my story about this Cabbage Soup with Rice.

Back when I was in 6th grade, my mom packed a lunch for me, as she did every other day, and in the thermos she included this soup. When I opened it up to eat it, the smell of cooked cabbage cleared up the entire lunch table. All you heard was “EWWWWWWWW” from a bunch of 11-year olds who were getting ready to eat their Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Right there and then I SWORE I would never ever ever evvvver bring any of our ethnic food to school. NEVER again! PB & J Sandwiches 4 LIFE!

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Fast forward to today where I find myself SO completely surprised that cabbage soup is in fact a hot menu item these days in the USA. I’m honestly shocked, but also super happy and glad that I don’t have to hide my love for this warm bowl of healthy amazingness.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Please tell me you guys also love, love Cabbage Soup? If you don’t, or haven’t tried it, this is your day.


  • This comes together in ONE pot and 40-ish minutes, from start to finish. Luckily, it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, either. It’s stuff that you already have in the pantry or fridge; cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions, celery, Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste and Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes. Garlic + seasonings, too.

Hunt's Tomato Paste

  • The Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste, that is your magic, right there. It adds body to this comforting meal and a delicious tomato flavor. The paste is already seasoned and it is made with all-natural tomatoes picked at the peak of ripeness. It is also a convenient way to add paste to any dish with two tablespoons of pre-measured tomato paste, which is the most common serving size for recipes.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

  • We’re going to add the tomato paste early on so it has a chance to cook with the veggies which in turn will add more flavor to the soup. Trust me on this one.
  • I’m also going to ask you to cook the rice on the side and not to add it to the soup until you are about to eat. IF you add the rice beforehand and let it stand for, say, 10 minutes or so, it will start to absorb the liquid. So don’t do that, m’kay? Cool.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

This is an awesome and very healthy homemade meal that can simultaneously clean out your fridge by using up any and all veggies that a person could ever want in their soup bowl. The happiness I feel for this concept is, like, WOW. You don’t even know. Recipes like this fulfill my soul.

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Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.
Cabbage Soup with Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 6 Serves
Calories: 176 kcal
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 large yellow onion , diced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 large carrots , sliced into rounds
  • 3 celery ribs , sliced
  • 2 bell peppers , diced
  • 4 cups chopped fresh cabbage
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pouch (1.5 ounces) Hunt's Recipe Ready Tomato Paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Hunt's Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  1. Prepare rice according to the directions on the package and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven.
  3. Add onions and salt; cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in garlic, carrots, celery, peppers, cabbage, and remaining olive oil.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and chili powder.
  6. Add bay leaf and stir in tomato paste.
  7. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
  8. Stir in diced tomatoes; continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  9. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil; reduce to medium heat and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat; take out the bay leaf and stir in previously prepared rice.*
  11. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes
  • Do not add the rice if not serving right away; the rice will absorb the liquid if left sitting around for a while.


Nutrition Facts
Cabbage Soup with Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 Cup)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1054mg44%
Potassium 557mg16%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 7210IU144%
Vitamin C 79.8mg97%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 Responses
  1. Eva

    Why not use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. It isn’t a chore chopping tomatoes. And make your own puree. Again it’s simple and really does not take much time. I don’t use anything canned in my cooking and it’s just a bit disappointing to find even good recipes like these with canned ingredients.

  2. H

    I made this last night but used 1 cup rice, swapped the bay leaf for some dried basil, and added a can of kidney beans to add some more cheap protein. Holy cow; delicious and perfect for this snowy spring weather! Definite make again 🙂

  3. Lorie

    I’m so happy I found this recipe. I made a ‘unstuffed cabbage roll’ from a forum I’m on, but it came out as a heavy stew (I used turkey). I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Sally

    I didn’t know about Hunt’s tomato paste pouches but definitely will be picking up some next trip to the store!
    I have a question about your cabbage soup recipe/pictures for it. In one picture you have Jimmy Dean’s hot breakfast sausage included with the other ingredients however, I see no written mention anywhere of using sausage in the recipe (I love sausage soup recipes)! Is it an option you have used before? One way or the other I would greatly appreciate your responding to this question.
    P.S. Love your recipes!!

    1. Sally

      Thanks for your fast response to my question about the Cabbage Soup and Rice 🙂 Now, at the risk of having you decide I am a “Diethood, the eating effect” stalker, I have another question, LOL!
      I looked on your site as well as going to the Jimmy Dean (recipes) web site and nothing can be found for “Sausage Smashed Burger.” I realize I could just whip up a sausage patty and Viola! a sausage burger would be born, but your reference to special slaw and homemade pickles made me salivate on my keyboard. Do you have a written recipe of said Sausage Smashed Burger? If not, the world is waiting for one 🙂
      Thanks, Sally

      1. Sally

        Well, here I am all red faced 🙁
        I had to leave my computer for a few minutes and left it on your web site. When I returned my “Viola!” I had said in my previous post came true … there was your recipe for Sausage Smashed Burgers waiting for me. Guess I should have retried searching for it. Sorry for jumping the gun and please keep on inventing your talicious recipes! Thanks!!

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